Rooster painting can now begin as sponsors pick designs for Canfield Fair art project

The designs were displayed in the middle of the Canfield Fairgrounds event center on Wednesday evening for sponsors to see

by: Stan Boney

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 / 10:40 PM EST
Updated: March 3, 2021 / 10:41 PM EST

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the most recognizable symbols in the Mahoning Valley is the rooster head at Canfield Fair.

We don’t often see it all in white, but it won’t stay white for long. In fact, 20 of them will soon be painted in a range of designs.

To celebrate the 175th Canfield Fair this year, the Canfield Fair Board decided to launch a community art project called “Paint the Rooster”.

On Wednesday the sponsors selected the desired tap designs that anyone can buy.

From the bottom of the base to the crest, the fiberglass white rooster statues are over two meters high.

They were displayed in the middle of the Event Center at Canfield Fairground on Wednesday evening for sponsors to see.

“We have 20 sponsors of the big birds you see behind us, and we have 20 artists selected and judged to be part of it,” said George Roman, of the Canfield Fair Board of Directors.

These sponsors each paid $ 3,500 to display their logos on the stands. One of the sponsors is WKBN.

“There’s a lot of variety here and I think a lot of it is very interesting and can’t wait to actually produce and put it together,” said Dave Redig of WKBN.

There were 20 drawings distributed in the room from which the sponsors could choose. Matt Liptak of Alexandria, Virginia called his “When life gives you lemons, make lemon shakes.” The Polish Erin Rivello called her “Vincent Van Crow”. Felicia Moss from Ravenna will be “Grandma’s Cookie Jar”.

First choice was Dave and Dawn Dickey from Dickey Electric. They chose “Under the Feathers” by Alexis Morozov from New Springfield. It’s the anatomy of a rooster. It turned out that Dawn taught anatomy and physiology at Kent State Salem for 20 years.

“So I’ve always been interested in bones and muscles and things like that. I have skulls and skeletons all over my house and that really impressed me, ”said Dawn.

Betty Frazzini and Jill Raymer represented the 1961 Canfield High School Class, which made the 60th decision to purchase a statue. They got what they wanted too – “Big Red” by Kate Antal from Boardman.

“Oh, check it out. It’s perfect. With the cardinal and the school and everything that happened during our stay, ”said Raymer.

The WKBN-Hahn will be a work by Dave Buehrle from Austintown with the title “Something to Grow About”.

Once the statues are painted, they will be on display at Canfield Fairgrounds. After the fair, they will be auctioned off. The hope is to raise between $ 50,000 and $ 75,000.

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