The Great Geauga County Fair returns Labor Day weekend (photos, video)

August 23, 2018

The Great Geauga County Fair returns Labor Day weekend (photos, video)

BURTON, Ohio – The Great Geauga County Fair has figured out how to turn disaster into delight.

The calamity occurred last year, when a raccoon preyed on award-winning baked goods, possibly during all five days of the fair.

This year’s fair, starting Thursday, Aug. 30, invites kids aged 2 through 12 to “help us capture the Baked Goods Bandit” by following the trail of the four-legged forager on a scavenger hunt.

Kids will participate by following the clues on an entry form to 10 locations on the fairgrounds. They’ll get stamped at each location, and will qualify for prize drawings with a minimum of eight stamps.


Paul Harris, secretary and director of the fair board, said that the only evidence left by the racoon last year were footprints “when he walked across the tops of cakes.” And he wryly suggested that the bandit could have had a gang of raccoon accomplices.

“You never know,” he said.

Harris will make no predictions about raccoons this year, but he said 200,000 people are expected to attend the five-day fair – Ohio’s oldest – from Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.

Ohio’s oldest continuous county fair and one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the nation, the Great Geauga County Fair is in its 196th year. It promises more than 13,000 exhibits and 2,000 animals on its 151 acres, plus rides, live music, contests and hundreds of commercial displays and vendors.

The fairgrounds are at 14373 North Cheshire St. in Burton. A complete schedule is at geaugafair.com. For ticket information, go to the website or call 440-834-1846.

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