George’s Burgers, Chris Lane, Trey Kennedy

Nick Owen of the Stark County Auditor Weights and Measures Department prepares scales Friday at the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton.  The Stark County Fair begins Tuesday.  August 26, 2022.
Nick Owen of the Stark County Auditor Weights and Measures Department prepares scales Friday at the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton.  The Stark County Fair begins Tuesday.  August 26, 2022.

CANTON โˆ’ The Stark County Fair is rich in tradition and abundant with reliable attractions: Livestock, food, amusement park rides and country music.

But fair organizers also have added a few new things. Wagering on harness racing, Agri-Puppet shows, trick-performing dogs with Aim High Canines, and a national touring comedian who broke out on the internet several years ago.

There’s lots to see, eat and do. While some fairgoers show up every day, others can make it only a day or two. So depending on your free time and level of fair fandom, here are the top five can’t miss things at the Stark County Fair this year, with a few extras tossed in.

The fair starts Tuesday and continues through Sept. 5 (Labor Day). Grandstand entertainment features country music artist Chris Lane on Wednesday night and comedian Trey Kennedy on Thursday night.

For a full schedule of events and list of attractions, go to https://starkcountyfair.com/.

And every detail imaginable about the fair is packed within the online 77-page Stark County Fair Book at https://starkcountyfair.com/news/2022-fairbook-published. There’s even a recipe for grilled steakhouse lamb pizza.

Drivers run horses as they train Friday at the Stark County Fairgrounds.  The Stark County Fair begins Tuesday, with harness racing Wednesday and Thursday.  August 26, 2022.

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Lerch's Donuts are legendary in Wayne County, a local favorite dating to 1933 that has earned fans in the region.  Lerch's will be serving donuts at the Stark County Fair.

It’s all about the food … George’s burgers, Lerch’s donuts, Tim’s Tavern

County fairs have a rural ambience outlasting the decades โ€• tractor pulls, grandstand entertainment, 4-H kids showing their animals … and of course, the food.

The aroma of fresh-cut fries, candy apples, cotton candy, stromboli, steak on a stick, and Italian sausage sandwiches topped with grilled onions and peppers waft in food vendor row.

“The neat thing about our food concessions is we’re back up to pre-COVID levels of vendors at the fairgrounds,” said Jill Sterling, a fair board member who heads the entertainment.

Local flavor is also represented at the fair, including George’s Lounge, Tim’s Tavern and Fat Freddie’s BBQ.

George's Lounge in downtown Canton will be serving burgers and other items at the Stark County Fair, which is Tuesday through Labor Day.

Fair time is also the best time to treat yourself to Lerch’s Donuts. Legendary in Wayne County, the simple yet terrifically tasty cake-style donuts are best when served warm and fresh off the cooling racks. Standard varieties include plain, cinnamon and sugared, but Lerch’s has been known to feature special flavors at the fair, including cherry, blueberry and pumpkin.

Lerch's Donuts are a Wooster area favorite that have gained loyal customers in the region.  The cake donuts will be served at the Stark County Fair this week.

“We have some of our past queens that come back who have been Stark County Fair queens who meet up, and it’s their tradition to go to Lerch’s Donuts,” Sterling said. “And they take their picture to post on social media โ€• it’s the memory.”

George’s burgers are another must. The fair stand will be open Wednesday through Labor Day.

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