Classic cars, contests, vendors to fill downtown


<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune <p style="text-align: left;">Lorene Girand makes cotton candy at the North Point Baptist Church booth during the 2014 Fun Fair.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Lorene Girand makes cotton candy at the North Point Baptist Church booth during the 2014 Fun Fair.


Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Lorene Girand makes cotton candy at the North Point Baptist Church booth during the 2014 Fun Fair.

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Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Lorene Girand makes cotton candy at the North Point Baptist Church booth during the 2014 Fun Fair.

Games, cars, food, and music will fill downtown Oberlin this Saturday for the 23rd Annual Family Fun Fair.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a classic car show, slot car racing, dunk tank, big wheel race, a magician, and three new contests.

“We decided to go more retro with the big wheels, hula hoops, and bubble gum blowing contest,” said Oberlin Business Partnership director Janet Haar.

West College Street will be closed from Rt. 58 to Professor Street and so will East College Street from Rt. 58 to Willard Court for the 130 classic cars, the big wheel race, and slot car racing.

South Main Street will remain open during the fair but roughly 30 organizations and vendors will fill the sidewalks selling food, painting faces, and playing games.

Haar said a lot of local businesses and organizations are participating in this year’s event.

A fire truck will be parked on College Place by the Oberlin College Bookstore for residents to tour and take pictures with the vehicle.

The Oberlin Rotary Club will offer hay rides from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tappan Square and a dunk tank will be in the grassy area next to the Backspace.

Haar said the dunk tank will be a competition between Oberlin firefighters and police officers to see which group can raise the most money.

“The money they raise will be given to a charity of their choice,” she said. “I think it’s going to be fun.”’

The winning department will be announced at 3:15 p.m. and will receive a trophy.

Oberlin Cable Co-op president Ralph Potts will be in the tank from 11 a.m. to noon and the competition between police and fire departments goes from noon to 3 p.m.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.