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A goat sports a Hawaiian blanket as it relaxes in the cattle barn during the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge on Tuesday.

A deep, loud “moo” escapes from the dairy barn. And out walks a goat wearing a Hawaiian aloha shirt.

That’s just the kind of surprise in store for visitors enjoying “A Week in Fairadise,” the theme of the 2022 Summit County Fair as it celebrates 65 years.

While a sugary-sweet scent of funnel cakes wafted through the air during Tuesday’s opening day, riders screamed and laughed from the top of the Ferris wheel.

Children enjoy the Yoyo ride during the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge on Tuesday.

“There is nothing better than the county fair,” Seth Frient said.

Frient, 19, has been a member of the Junior Fairboard for four years with the goal of educating visitors about agriculture in Summit County.

“The best part is getting to connect with everyone. I have some friends who I only see at the fair. It’s nostalgic and exciting,” he said.

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The fair runs through Sundayat the Summit County Fairgrounds at North and Howe avenues in Tallmadge.

Frient suggests first-time visitors check out the multiple livestock barns on the fairgrounds, especially the poultry show that he helped organize.

Abi Jones, who competed for title of this year’s Summit County Fair Queen, also urged visitors to visit livestock barns while she fed one of her goats Tuesday evening.

“I just want people to see how much hard work goes into caring for our animals,” she said. “Everyone should come to the fair, come see the animals and support Summit County agriculture and 4-H clubs.”

Rough Riders 4H club member Denise Barto of Mogadore plants a kiss on her horse Molly as the two wait at the in gate for the start of the showmanship class during the opening day of the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge on Tuesday.

Frient and Jones both also said to take advantage of the wide variety of fair food.

Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, french fries, fried cheese and fried Twinkies — basically, if it can be fried, it’s at the fair. But there is a variety of other food options available like pizza, hamburgers and stromboli.

Jason Green, a vendor at Pierogi Palace, said his go-to fair refreshment was lemonade.

Jamie Binegar, right, judges the English showmanship class during the opening day of the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge on Tuesday.

“It’s a fair staple,” he said. “You can’t be at the county fair and not get a lemonade.”

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Green said a perfect day at the fair includes eating “the fantastic food choices” and then riding the Ferris wheel and “Sea Ray.”

“At night, the fair comes alive,” he said. “The rides light up and it’s beautiful. The Ferris wheel illuminates everything.”

Children enjoy the Sea Ray ride during the opening day of the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge on Tuesday.

Another fair-goer favorite is Chase’s Racing Pigs. Self-proclaimed swine masters Ed and Pamela Chase are hosting three races per day with their hustling hams, who compete for glory and a treat at the finish line.

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“The first day of the fair has been amazing. These guys are a blast to watch, but we also teach our audience about our potbelly pigs,” Pamela said. “They can live up to 30 years, and are able to smell underground.”

Spectators young and old cheer as they watch Chase’s Racing Pigs put on a show during the 2022 Summit County Fair in Tallmadge on Tuesday.

Nancy Piglosi took home the gold in the last swimming race Tuesday evening against Notorious P.I.G. And Snoop Hoggy Hogg. Mr. 305, BBQ Pigbull was last.

First-time fair-goer Miranda Wessel cheered for her favorite pig from the crowd.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” she said after Piglosi won. “This was awesome. It has been so much fun.”

The Trayers family from Stow have been coming to the Summit County Fair more than 30 years.

Mike Trayers, with his children Sunny and Connor, said they were most excited to see animals at the fair, like rabbits and chickens.

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“There are good food and good rides,” Trayers said. “It’s just a good time all around here at the fair.”

Gates open at 10 a.M. Every day except Thursday, when they will open at 11 a.M. Parking is free. Unless otherwise noted, general admission is $10 for ages 9-64 and $3 for ages 2-8 and 65 and older. Here’s the lineup for the remainder of the week:

Thursday

For Family Day, attendees 14 and younger will have free grounds admission. KOI Drag Racing will take place in the grandstand, with practice starting at 2 p.M. And the race at 7:30 p.M. Admission is free. Concessions and rides will open at noon and close with the fair at 11 p.M.

Friday

For Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Day, those who bring a boxed or canned food item will have a $3 admission fee until 3 p.M. There will be truck pulls at 7:30 p.M. In the grandstand. Admission to the truck pulls is $10 for ages 3 and older. Concessions and rides will open at noon and close with the fair at 11 p.M.

Saturday

Open to the World Tractor or Truck Pulls will be in the grandstand at 7 p.M.; tickets are $8 for ages 3 and older. Concessions and rides will open at noon and close with the fair at 11 p.M.

Sunday

A monster truck show will take place in the grandstand, with a fan zone from 1 to 2:30 p.M. And the show at 3 p.M. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and older. Concessions and rides will open at noon and close with the fair at 8 p.M.

For more details and to view the 2022 Summit County Fair’s full schedule, visit www.Summitfair.Com.

Reporter Molly Walsh can be reached at mwalsh@gannett.Com

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Summit County Fair opens, celebrates 65 years at Tallmadge location

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