Soff and Carr

Victoria Soff (left), publicity chair, and Phyllis Carr, chair of the Crawford County Fair 75th Anniversary Committee, discuss commemorative brick options for the fair. The committee is selling commemorative bricks in three sizes to raise funds for the fair's 75th anniversary celebration in 2020.

The Crawford County Fair 75th Anniversary Committee already has had several people buy, not hit, the bricks to raise funds toward celebration of the fair's diamond anniversary in 2020.

The committee has initiated a "buy a brick" campaign for the 75th annual fair — which is slated about 18 months from now, running Aug. 22 through 29, 2020. The campaign formally kicked off Thursday night in the Crawford County Courthouse Assembly Room at the anniversary committee's meeting.

A brick walkway is planned from the fairgrounds' midway to the entrance of the former Meadville Sportsman's Club building, which is now the fair's Technology/Transportation Building, according to Phyllis Carr, who chairs the 75th anniversary committee.

Last year, the Crawford County Fair Board voted to make the Technology/Transportation Building a display building of the fair's memorabilia as well.

"It's a good way for people of the area or those interested in the Crawford County Fair to be remembered," Carr said. "It could be their farm or their family. It could an industry or business. They could have shown at the fair or they could have had a position with the fair or in the county."

The inscribed commemorative bricks are available in three sizes: 13 by 19 inches, 13 by 6 inches and 4 by 8 inches. The Crawford County Fair Board purchased the first brick — a 13-by-19-inch brick — to be the center of the walk, Carr said.

Other initial sales announced Thursday were by Chad Loucks of WTC Auctions 13x6; Mark and JoAnn Evans 4x8; Commissioner Chris Soff 13x6 and Soff Family 4x8; Commissioner Francis Weiderspahn Jr. 13x6 and Francis and Cheryl Weiderspahn 13x6.

"We hope to have some of them installed for the 2019 fair, but it depends on the number bricks we sell," Carr said of the campaign. This year's fair runs Aug. 17 through 24.

Trace Lawn and Landscaping Inc. of Meadville is supplying the bricks while Sunset Memorials of Cochranton will do the engraving, keeping the project local, Carr said.

The 4 by 8 and 13 by 6 bricks may have up to three lines with 13 characters per line including spaces, and the 13 by 19 brick may have up to five lines with 13 characters each including spaces and may also include a logo with fair-related silhouettes available. The Fair Board also has approved the character "Diamond Jim" as its 75th anniversary logo mascot.

There is a sliding scale of prices for the commemorative with rates increasing.

Current prices in effect until Aug. 1 are 4x8 at $60.75; 13x6 at $150.75; and 13x19 at $500.75. From Aug. 1 through 24, prices increase to $65.75, $200.75 and $575.75 respectively. Aug. 25 through Dec. 31, 2019, the cost is $70.75, $250.75 and $600.75. The final sale period is Jan. 1, 2020, to Aug. 1, 2020, with the cost at $75, $300.75 and $700.75, respectively.

Order forms will be available soon at the Crawford County Fair's website,

Orders also may be placed by contacting the county Fair Office at 333-7465; the county Cooperative Extension Office at 333-7460; or Crawford County Fair 75th Anniversary Committee members.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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