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Another Lorain County Fair wraps up

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    Car 64 driven by Tyson Combs of Sullivan t-bones Car 9 driven by Cheyanne Dudziak, Vermilion, in the Youth Demolition Derby at the Lorain County Fair in Wellington on Sunday.

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    Jacob Gilliam of Green Camp, left, and driver Kolby Smallwood, Marysville, exit car 625 after winning first place in the Youth Demolition Derby of the Lorain County Fair in Wellington on Sunday.

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    A red flag brings cars to a halt as members of the Wellington Fire Department tend to a smoking car at the Youth Demolition Derby of the Lorain County Fair in Wellington on Sunday.

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    Ron Weiss, Lakewood, competes in the cornhole tournament at the Lorain County Fair in Wellington on Sunday.

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    James Qualls of Elyria, left, waits to throw as he watches competitor Tim Allen, Grafton, make his toss at the cornhole tournament of the Lorain County Fair in Wellington on Sunday.

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WELLINGTON — Another year, another Lorain County Fair has come and gone with an estimate of more than 114,000 in attendance over the week.

Brian Twining, fair board member and past board president, said fair week went pretty well despite the bad weather on Tuesday, which might have hurt attendance.

The fair officially opened Monday with the dog and fowl shows along with Grand Funk Railroad taking the stage that night.

Tuesday continued with judging for rabbits, sheep, poultry and other small animals followed by a performance by Neal McCoy.

Wednesday offered the fair’s first Kids’ Day, a new day the board added that highlighted events for children, and ended with the LoCo Truck Pull. Twining said Kids’ Day was a big success. The idea came from a board member who suggested something for the smaller children, which the board immediately approved.

“It was really nice to see a bunch of little kids and parents here that day. It was kind of neat,” he said. “We’re definitely going to do that again and build from it, hopefully.”

Thursday was Senior Citizens and Veterans Day where seniors and veterans could get in free all day. The event had the senior citizen king and queen contest, crowning 83-year-old Wilma Zech queen and 82-year-old L.D. Daugherty as king.

Friday included more animal judging and the National Tractor Pullers Association contest.

Saturday welcomed the Junior Fair auction as well as the combine and pickup pull.

The weeklong fair was capped by a demolition derby during which drivers tore up the stadium field in a heap of dirt, metal and rubber.

Twining said the board already is planning for next year’s fair and looking forward to it.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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