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Canfield Fair Foundation appoints four Honorary Co-Chairs to lead Capital Campaign
May 15, 2017 Canfield, Ohio — The Canfield Fair Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Canfield Fair have appointed four past Board Members and long-time supporters of the Canfield Fair to help lead the Capital Campaign and serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. George Berlin, Joe Dickey Jr., David Myers and Donald Snyder Jr. have been tapped to lead the fundraising efforts of the $4.5 million, five-year Capital Campaign.
To date, the Capital Campaign has raised $1,035,100 of it’s $4.5 million goal for the construction of a new, year-round, multi-purpose exposition facility on the Fairgrounds, as well as additional buildings and barns to be built on the grounds.
Between the four co-chairs, they have 81 years of combined service toward the Canfield Fair and the Board of Directors.
“It was a thrill and an honor for me to serve on the Canfield Fair Board of Directors. I’ll always have a warm spot in my heart for the Fair, so I would do anything to support the Fair and this fundraising campaign,” Berlin said. Berlin, who previously served on the Board as President and head of Security, Horse Racing and Grandstand Entertainment, has never missed a Fair since he was five years old.
And that’s a common theme with each Honorary Co-Chair.
Dickey has attended the Fair every year, except for the three he missed while in the service. Dickey previously served as President and head of Education, Trailer Parking, Parking and Facility Rentals. Speaking about this role as an Honorary Co-Chair, he said, “I feel a personal responsibility to the future of this Fair and Fairgrounds. This project is so important for the community and it’s going to improve the 4-H program, the Junior Fair program, the Canfield Fair and the Fairgrounds in so many ways.”
Serving alongside Dickey and Berlin is David Myers, a past Board Member who served as President and oversaw the Draft Horses and Ponies during the Fair. And for Myers, the Fair was always a family affair. “My dad always loved the Fair, so we grew up in our family as Fair people. My four children all participated in Junior Fair, I served on the Board and now my son serves on the Board, so for us it’s very much a part of our family” Myers said. And now Myers’ 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren are taking an interest in the Fair and keeping that passion alive for the next generation
It’s the next generation that will benefit greatly from the Capital Campaign. The planned 45,000 square-foot coliseum and exposition center will be used year-round, as well as additional Junior Fair livestock buildings and barns. “The 21 great grandchildren I have will get to enjoy this new building and they’ll be proud of that building,” Myers said.
Rounding out the group of Honorary Co-Chairs is Donald Snyder Jr., who oversaw Junior Fair, Small Farm Animals and assisted with Maintenance during his tenure with the Board. And he’s seen first hand how much of an impact Junior Fair can have on a child. “I grew up at the Fair and at 11 years old, had a steer in the Junior Fair. The Junior Fair gives youth a purpose and a goal to work toward. It points them in the right direction and teaches them the responsibility of caring for and raising an animal,” Snyder said.
And it’s in the spirit of giving back to the youth of the community, that the Honorary Co-Chairs see the greatest impact this new building can have. The Junior Fair Program is currently maxed out of space in its present home on the Fairgrounds and the new building will allow for that program to continue to flourish and provide much needed programming for our area’s youth.
In addition to meeting the needs of the Junior Fair program, the year-round facility will also accommodate the needs from those inside and outside of the community for special events.
For more information on how to donate to the Capital Campaign, please contact Matthew Hughes of Fair Funding, LLC at 330-533-4107.
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Canfield Fair partners with JAC LIVE for Grandstand concerts at the 2017 Canfield Fair
Ticketmaster will be the ticketing agent for the to be announced concert schedule
April 11, 2017 Canfield, Ohio — The Canfield Fair is partnering with local business JAC LIVE to book the music acts for the 2017 Canfield Fair. In addition, the Fair will also be working with Ticketmaster as the ticketing agent for all 2017 Grandstand events.
This new partnership represents the first time the two local entities have come together and the first time the Fair has transitioned its ticketing system to Ticketmaster.
“The Canfield Fair and its Board of Directors knew that the time was right to make the entertainment stronger at the Fair and to move to a partnership with organizations that have a larger, more global reach,” George Roman, Canfield Fair Director, said.
The Canfield Fair will announce the first act coming to the 2017 Canfield Fair on Monday, April 17 at 7:00 a.m. “At the Fair, we have a history of bringing the best in music and entertainment to our Fairgoers and we anticipate that this year will be no different,” Roman said.
Eric Ryan of JAC LIVE said of the new partnership, “There are so many great traditions in this Valley, but none quite like the Canfield Fair. It is a true honor and privilege to be working on such an esteemed and highly regarded event. One of our first orders of business was to bring on Ticketmaster as our ticketing agent. The addition of a global company like Ticketmaster is beneficial beyond measure. They are the undisputed industry leaders and they will expand the methods of purchase in a clear online, phone, and outlet format,” he said.
“Since we are a local company, we are able to apply a unique set of skills and perspective into creating memorable, successful events; we look forward to the opportunity do just that for the Canfield Fair!” Ryan concludes.
“Over the years, Eric and his team have done an exceptional job of bringing some of the top artists to the Valley and we’re excited to have him continue that excellence here at the Canfield Fair,” Roman added.
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Canfield Fair Foundation launches capital campaign
Campaign receives first $400,000 pledge to begin the 5-year campaign
March 8, 2017 Canfield, Ohio — The Canfield Fair Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Canfield Fair are launching a $4.5 million, five-year capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a new, year-round, multi-purpose exposition facility on the Fairgrounds, as well as additional buildings and barns to be built on the grounds.
The project is off to a quick start with the first donation of $400,000 from the Canfield Fair Board of Directors. “We, as a board, are deeply invested in the success of not only this campaign, but the Fairgrounds as a whole. To show our commitment to this cause, we felt it was only right to be the first pledge to the capital campaign,” Andy Frost, President of Canfield Fair Board of Directors, said.
The $4.5 million campaign will allow for the construction of a 45,000 square-foot coliseum and exposition center to be used year-round, as well as additional Junior Fair livestock buildings and barns. The campaign also accounts for an additional $500,000 estimated in infrastructure improvements needed to make these buildings a reality.
“Not many are aware that for about 40 weeks out of the year, the Canfield Fairgrounds are being utilized by those both inside and outside of the community for special events. A new, year-round facility will greatly increase our ability to serve those needs, as well as provide better space for our Junior Fair members,” said Dave Dickey, Vice President of Canfield Fair Board of Directors.
“For six days every summer, the members of Junior Fair proudly show off their achievements in agriculture to the community. And this new complex will help us keep this valuable program alive and thriving,” Bob Jarvis, Canfield Fair Director, said.
The capital campaign is being spearheaded by the Canfield Fair Board of Directors and Matthew Hughes of Fair Funding, LLC.
“The community has such a fondness and emotional connection to the Canfield Fair and its Fairgrounds. While assessing the potential level of support for the capital campaign, this was one of the strongest I’ve experienced,” Matthew Hughes of Fair Funding LLC., said.
The Canfield Fair Foundation is currently in the process of selecting an honorary chairperson from the community-at-large to help lead the capital campaign.
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