2020 Crawford County fair

Young people enjoy one of the midway rides during the 2020 Crawford County Fair. (Crawford Source file photo)

BUCYRUS -- It was one of the final county fairs allowed in Ohio during 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the state.

And the folks running the 2021 Crawford County Fair can't wait to launch the new version, which officially starts Monday.

"We are very excited. We have a lot of great things planned this year," said Rebecca Miller, the fair secretary/manager.

All the traditional county fair favorites will be offered, including midway attractions, rides and food.

Daily admission to the fair is $7, which includes the ability to ride an unlimited number of midway rides, according to Miller, adding the minimum height required for the rides is 36 inches.

Entertainment at this year's fair at 610 Whetstone St. is headlined by the Christian music group Building 429, nominated in 2013 for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, "We Won't Be Shaken."

The band's RIAA-certified gold single, “Where I Belong,” became one of the longest running Christian No. 1’s in Billboard’s history at 15-weeks and has more than 246 million total audience impressions. 

Opening for Building 429 on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the grandstand will be Stars Go Dim, the moniker for Christian pop artist and songwriter Chris Cleveland.

After years at the helm of an independent secular band and more than a decade leading worship at Tulsa’s Asbury United Methodist Church — one of America’s largest congregations — Cleveland found success in the Christian format with his self-titled debut album. The singer has garnered three Top 5 hits and a massive No. 1 radio smash with “You Are Loved.” 

General admission tickets for the concert are $10 while Artist Circle tickets will be $15.

Other planned entertainment offerings during the fair include harness racing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, truck and tractor pull on Friday and the demolition derby on Saturday.

"We hope everyone has spent their time at home (during the pandemic) getting their demolition derby cars ready," Miller said with a laugh.

There will also be an entertainment gazebo featuring local bands, puppet shows and a hypnotist.

Miller said there are no COVID-19 related restrictions at the 2021 fair, but added there will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds, as well as sinks for washing hands.

"We want people to come and have fun and just use common sense," Miller said.

Here is the complete 2021 Crawford County Fair schedule:

Monday, July 19: Fair Starts

“Wyandot Tractor – John Deere Dealer Day at the Crawford County Fair“

TBD

Mr. Pickles

7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Entries to be brought in for Bake Goods

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Jr. Fair Office Open

9:00 a.m.

Jr. Fair Poultry Show – Open Poultry show to follow Jr. Show

Swine Showmanship

Jackpot show 1/2 hour after showmanship

Carcass show immediately following Jackpot Show

First Flower Show

10:00 a.m.

Royalty Interviews – Youth Building

Baked Goods Judging

11:00 a.m.

4-H Horse Show – 4-H Horse Arena

1:00 p.m.

4-H Booth Judging

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Royalty Contest – Youth Building

5:30 p.m.

Baked Goods Auction – Fine Arts Building

6:00 p.m.

Breeding Sheep Show followed by Market Lamb Showmanship and Market Lamb Show

7:00 p.m.

Calf Scramble – CASH prizes, Sign up early!

Tuesday, July 20

“Avita Day at the Crawford County Fair”

TBD

Mr. Puppet

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Jr. Fair Office Open

8:00 a.m.

Beef Cattle Judging – Show Arena followed by Angus Show

9:00 a.m.

Jr. Fair Rabbit Show

10:00 a.m.

4-H Horse Show – Horse Arena

11:00 a.m.

Dairy Feeder Showmanship followed by Dairy Feeder Show, followed by Holstein Steers

1:00 pm

Art for Kids – bring in something made of popsicle sticks or clothes pins – Fine Arts Building

4:00 p.m.

Cloverbud Sharing Time – Youth Building

Beef Feeder Showmanship – Show to follow

Junior Beef Showmanship

6:30 p.m.

Beef Breeding Show

7:00 p.m.

Steer Show

7:30 p.m.

Stars Go Dim opening for Building 429 – Grandstand

TBA

Wine Judging – Fine Arts Building

4-H Ground Roping – Horse Arena

Wednesday, July 21

“North Central Electric Cooperative Day at the Crawford County Fair”

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Junior Fair Office open

9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

Speech & Demo Contest – Youth Building

10:00 a.m.

Alpaca Show

1:00 p.m.

Art for Kids – Marshmallows – bring in something made of marshmallows – Arts & Crafts Building

2:00 p.m.

Free Throw Contest

4:00 p.m.

Goat Show

5:30 p.m.

Harness Racing – Pari-Mutuels

7:00 p.m.

Whisky Over Water

Thursday, July 22

“McGuire’s Wholesale Day at the Crawford County Fair”

“Veterans and Senior Citizens Day” – All Vets and Seniors pay $4 at the Gate

8:00 a.m.

Sheep Show Judging

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Junior Fair Office open

9:00 a.m.

4-H Gymkhana – Horse Arena

10:00 a.m.

Jr. Fair Dairy Show followed by District 9 Dairy Show

Jr. Fair Egg Toss – Infield

12 Noon

2nd Flower Show Judging

1:00 p.m.

Art for Kids – Recycling – bring in something made entirely of recycled goods – Arts & Crafts Building

3:00 p.m.

Barn Games

4-H Versatility – Horse Arena

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cloverbud Sharing Time

5:30 p.m.

Harness Racing – Pari-Mutuels

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ham & Bean Supper for Vets – Youth Building

6:00 p.m.

Jr. Market Hog Show

Friday, July 23

“Burkhart Farm Center Day at the Crawford County Fair”

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Junior Fair Office open

10:00 a.m.

“Back to the Farm” Sale for Dairy & Beef Feeder Calves

Horse Fun Show – Horse Arena

12 Noon

Livestock Judging Contest – Arena

1:00 p.m.

Art for Kids – Bring in “real” mud pies & list of ingredients – Fine Arts Building

5:00 p.m.

Antique Tractor Parade – Grandstand

Showman of Showmen – Arena

7:00 p.m.

OSTPA State Sanctioned Truck/Tractor Pull – Grandstand

Red Ball Jets