CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Heavy rain across the Valley flooded the Trumbull County Fair Friday afternoon.
The storm dropped a lot of rain in a short amount of time.
Trent Brown, the owner of Zoo-2-Go Mobile Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, shared photos from the fair with First News. They show fairgoers standing slightly less than knee-deep in water at some spots.
All rides had to be shut down for a time, but they have since started back up.
“The fair stays open. Of course, the rides might get shut down for a while if there’s lighting or hard rain. The grandstand event, they said, would be rain or shine,” said Fair Board Director Toni Dunbar.
Horse pulls have been canceled for Friday, which were supposed to start at 6 p.m. There is no word yet on the rodeo.
Fair officials said they will continue to post updates and cancellations due to the weather on their Facebook page.
Despite Friday’s weather, Dunbar said attendance is still way up compared to 2019 ahead of tonight’s auto racing event.
Dunbar says when there’s a lot of rain, they try to make sure people can get in and out safely.
As far as Brown’s petting zoo animals, he said they were in a high and dry place during the storm. All he had to do was replace some of their bedding.
“I thought it was a little sprinkle, looked up the midway and next thing you know, it was a steady path coming right through. It lasted a good half hour but it cleared up and everything is good to go now,” Brown said.
Parking lot A was closed for a while so no one got stuck in the mud. It has since reopened.
Lots B and C are also open, along with spots across the street from the fairgrounds.