CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Even though the 170th annual Canfield Fair doesn’t start for four more days, people started rolling in Saturday and setting up their RV homes for the next week, to make up what some call a “village of campers.”
The campgrounds manager estimates that around 700 RVs and 2,000 people will be camping during the week.
Mike Beight of Bessemer and his family started building a temporary porch on Saturday. They have about six or eight trailers at the fair. They have been coming to the fair for 54 years as part of a family tradition.
“My dad, who passed away in 1999, he was always passionate about the ponies. Every Saturday night, when they start the showing at the pony ring, we give away the trophy,” Beight said.
For Tom Straka of Wintersville, it’s also a tradition. He has had the same spot since the 1970s and has been making the drive from southern Ohio for even longer than that. The tradition, simple living and friendship keep him coming back.
“We’re all friends, we watch out for each other and it’s just one good time,” Straka said.
And just like any city, the RV camp has on-duty police and firemen for the week, plus a set of regulations that must be followed.
The fairgrounds say you can’t have alcohol, and if you’re caught you will be removed. Also, rowdiness is not tolerated. You’re given an initial warning, a second chance and then you’re asked to leave.
The RVs have to leave by the Tuesday after Labor Day.
“We all start out on Saturday, we go on next Tuesday, when we take everything home. We have barbecue, we go up to the fair certain nights and do the tractor pulls,” Beight said.