The 171st annual Lorain County Fair opened its gates Monday and welcomed guests with the crowing of the Junior Fair king, queen, and canine court. Owners took animals from all over the county to show off in a multitude of contests. A new building for veterans and EMTs was also opened to the public for the first time before a concert from 38 Special closed out night one.
Lauren Cedar, 18, of LaGrange, was crowned queen of the 2016 Canine Royal Court with the help of her shih tzu, Bandit. Allie Starner, 13, of Wellington took home the princess crown along with her labrador, Melody.
Lisa Hord and Cordell Nebergall of New London stand alongside their 1900 pound horse, Foxy Roxy.
Veterans salute the raising of the flag and pledge of allegiance just before the ribbon cutting of the new building they’ll be sharing with EMTs.
Kaitlynn Thiery, 17, of Vermilion shows her dog, Cass, in the Royal Canine Court.
Killian Moore, 16, of Grafton was crowned 2016 Canine Royal Court King with his Fidget at his side.
Large crowds flocked to the grandstand for some fast-paced racing action.
Brooklyn Wise, 10, of Wellington, takes a moment to cool off in the shade with her jack russell mix, Lollipop.
The band Invincible — which bills itself as a tribute to other great rock acts — plays Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” on a shell stage in front of the grandstand.
These feathered friends calmly take in the scenery as admirers pass by.
Emma Puckett, 7, of Ashland, and Will Peck, 9, of Litchfield, take a moment to pet some sheep between their walk with family around the fair.