Admission Prices Rise for Ashtabula County Fair | Local News

JEFFERSON — It will cost you two dollars more to enter the Ashtabula County Fair this year, but you’ll get more for your money, according to Fair Board.

The price of everything – utilities, gasoline, diesel fuel, supplies and salaries – that the Fair Board has to spend to organize the 175th fair, scheduled for August 9-14, has increased, said Darla Vargo, secretary/treasurer.

“We are like everyone else,” she said.

As a result, the price of admission for adults will drop from $8 to $10, but the Fair Board will still offer days when veterans, seniors, and children 14 and under enter free. Children 4 and under always get in free.

The $10 admission covers everyone ages 5 and up, but the price includes a free wristband for the rides (except the live ponies, bull ride, and fun house). Parking is free off North Poplar Street and free transportation to the door is available.

“The Ashtabula County Fair Board works extremely hard year-round to make the annual fair a success,” said Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski. “There will be plenty to do this year, including some very exciting country music for a few nights.”

Kozlowski said rising costs were responsible for the increase in admissions, but overall the council was working to keep costs down as much as possible.

New this year, the Ashtabula County Fair offers online pre-payment for admission tickets / by credit card for daily admission tickets, ride wristbands, six-day passes, grandstand shows and pit passes. Online credit/debit card sales are available now, but processing fees will be itemized and added to all credit card purchases.

The fairground secretary’s office under the grandstand opens July 16 for cash and credit card sales.

Special admission days will include:

• Family Day: August 10 — 14 and under admitted to the course free of charge.

• Veteran Appreciation Day: August 11 — veterans are admitted to the grounds free of charge, but must show proper identification.

• Seniors Day: August 12 — seniors admitted free to the pitch from 8 am to 3 pm; after 3 p.m. $1 cash only.

Passes do not include grandstand entry.

A pass costs $25 and includes all six days of admission.

An exhibitor ticket, available to people presenting a project at the fair, for six days of admission costs $20; an exhibitor ticket for three days of admission is $15. You must be an exhibitor and purchase your pass at the fair office.

A membership ticket includes six days of field admission for just $20. Tickets are cash only and must be purchased at the office or from a manager. This ticket is available to any Ashtabula County resident 18 years of age or older. The bearer of this ticket can vote for directors of the fair’s board of directors between noon and 4 p.m. in the annual election on September 17 at the concession building on the fairgrounds. The bearer can enter Open Class Departments No. 1-18 (Cattle, Goat, Draft Horse, and Tractor/Truck Traction Departments require an additional entry fee).

RIDE STRAPS:

Lisko Family Amusements rides can be purchased with cash or credit card. Included with the daily $10 admission ticket, the rides are free. With any pass or special admission, walking groups are $7. Wristbands can be purchased online in advance or at the wristband stand at the fair.

SHOWS IN THE GRANDSTAND:

Grandstand show tickets can be purchased online or at the office prior to the show.

August 9: DerbyDog Demolition Derby $5.

August 10: Cirque à vélo $10.

August 11: Country artist Ted Riser & The Marshall Band is free.

August 12: country artist Tyler Farr $20; admission to the track, standing only, is $25.

August 13: DerbyDog Demolition Derby $5.

August 14: The tractor/truck earns $5.

PIT PASSES:

Pit passes will be sold for demolition derbies and truck/tractor pulls for $15.

Tickets purchased online for admissions will be texted or emailed to your phone or mobile device and scanned at the gates/or the purchaser can print a copy of the ticket and bring it to the lounge for scanning.

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