Medina County Fair trying to regroup in wake of E. coli panic

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MEDINA, Ohio – The Medina County Fair board is working to snuff rumors that there will not be a fair or that the fair will be moved to a new location.

The 155th Medina County Fair will be held from July 30 to Aug. 5 at the same location it’s been held since about 1920.

After the E. coli outbreak at last year’s fair, a task force was created to examine other possible locations for the fair, but were not successful.

“There are not a lot of options out there. Finding enough land or the right price for land was nearly impossible,” said Pam Oberholtzer, advertising chairperson. “We are not going to continue to discuss other options.”

Contaminated water lines were the probable source for the E. coli outbreak that affected 27 fair goers, and because of that, the board voted to replace the entire water system at the grounds.

The waterline replacement will cost about $200,000 and will be funded primarily through municipal bonds from the Medina County Commissioners.

Weather permitting, the new water system should be in place by early June. The board is looking into other preventative methods for the fair such as hand sanitizing stations.

Fair events.

A full week of entertainment has been scheduled, including demolition derbies, motorcross action, bull riding, tractor pulls, country artists and a kid’s day circus.

For information call the fair office 300-723-9633, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Reporter Annie Santoro can be reached at 1-800-837-3419, ext. 22, or asantoro@farmanddairy.com)

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