172nd Richland County Fair Starts Sunday, New Show Arena Planned

The 172nd Richland County Fair gets underway on Sunday, August 7th and run through August 13th. Rides open at noon each day and there are lots of activities over the entire week. Check out the list here

Community Fund-raising Campaign Underway

Richland County Fair Board to Build New Livestock Arena


Mansfield, Aug, 2022 – The Richland County Agricultural Society, also known as the Senior Fair Board, has recently initiated its first major, community-wide fundraiser, called the Arena Campaign, to build a new livestock arena at the Richland County Fairgrounds.


The new arena will be twice as large as the old arena, provide additional safety for spectators and those showing animals, and increase revenue opportunities for the fairgrounds. 


“Richland County has over 1,500 farms and agriculture-related businesses, and the number is growing,” said James Schaub II, president of the Senior Fair Board. “The fair board and livestock committee are keeping pace with the farming community by building a larger, safer livestock arena at the fairgrounds.”


The new 9,200 square-foot arena will provide two show rings, ample seating for spectators, increased safety for participants and audience, accessible restrooms, a small livestock sales office, and heating and air-conditioning.


“The $1.1 million arena will be used year-round for 4-H events, livestock shows, auctions, boat and car shows, weddings, musical performances, and other activities,” according to David Dick, campaign co-chairman and fair board member.


The Richland County Junior Fair Board is also playing a major role in the success of the Arena Campaign. More than 700 students, ages 5-19, are involved with 40 4-H clubs and five school-affiliated Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters.


The Richland County Fair has a fascinating history. The first fair was held 173 years ago on October 26, 1849, on Springmill Street. In 1957, the current Home Road site was established. Only twice was the annual summer fair not held: In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and, in 2020, the first year of the Covid pandemic.


“With the help of the community, we will be successful with our Arena Campaign, preserving our mission to responsibly provide youth development, education, cultural activities and entertainment,” said Susan Gentille, campaign co-chairwoman.


Information on contributing to the Arena Campaign can be obtained at Arena Project on this website: richlandcountyfair.com.

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