Northeast Ohio’s favorite drive-through family holiday tradition returns to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds for another memorable season
[Date: September 29, 2020] Middleburg Heights, OH - FunGuys Events announced today that Northeast Ohio’s largest holiday light show, Magic of Lights, is set to return for its third year at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds with the addition of spectacular new light attractions and the return of the Illuminating Mega Tree. Magic of Lights is proud to provide much needed holiday cheer and a safe event to Northeast Ohio as we all continue to navigate through the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over 60,000 guests and 16,000 vehicles attended Magic of Lights at the fairgrounds last year. Guests were wowed with over one million holiday lights stretched across a one-mile plus pathway, including fan-favorite light displays such as the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, Candyland, 12 Days of Christmas and other holiday characters. "We look forward to providing a safe and comfortable holiday experience to Northeast Ohio this holiday season. As unique as this year has been for all, we hope Magic of Lights provides some normalcy and tradition to the community," comments Grant Reeves, CEO for FunGuys Events, co-producers of the Magic of Lights.
The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds has provided the opportunity for Magic of Lights to further develop its dazzling holiday program. In its fifth year in Northeast Ohio, Magic of Lights has been able to expand the event by increasing the amount of static and animated light displays, improving traffic flow and enhancing the overall holiday experience for all to enjoy. “We are thrilled to welcome back Magic of Lights to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. This year has been extremely trying for everyone, and Magic of Lights is the perfect escape for you and your loved ones. Families have the chance to drive in the safety of their own vehicle through this wonderland of lights. Very affordable and accessible to all, this year’s event will allow young and old to create wonderful memories safely, while giving some normalcy to an otherwise crazy year. The holiday season is a time for family, and Magic of Lights allows everyone the chance to enjoy the best holiday light display anywhere,” says Candyce Traci, PR & Media Ambassador/Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Giving back to the community is an integral part of Magic of Lights. In 2019, Magic of Lights donated more than $10,000 in cash, product and clothing to charitable benefactors The Lebron James Family Foundation, Cuyahoga Farm Bureau Scholarship Program and Coats For Kids. Magic of Lights will be making an announcement over the next few weeks with the new 2020 charitable benefactors.
Magic of Lights opens November 25 and will run every day through January 2 from 5:30pm-10:00pm. Tickets are officially on sale beginning Tuesday, September 29 and can be purchased online.
Event information, pricing and sponsorship opportunities can be found at
Thanks to all who made a special trip out to the fairgrounds to get their annual fill of funnel cakes, cotton candy, corn dogs, pierogies. elephant ears and other fair delicacies at our Drive-Thru Fair Food event held over the weekend of August 15th. Thanks as well to all the vendors and volunteers who worked tirelessly to serve the rush of fair supporters. We had no idea what to expect in terms of turnout, and suffice to say, your response was overwhelming! Throughout the course of the weekend, more than 1,600 cars wound their way through the fairgrounds to get their fill of eats and treats. To view pics of the event, click here.
Hosting a Fair Food Drive-Thru was a first for us. The novel coronavirus has forced us all to take novel approaches in the ways in which we conduct our daily lives and interact with others. Needless to say, we learned some valuable lessons, and were we to do it again, we'd certainly make adjustments to ensure more timely service. Our sincerest hope, of course, is that this first is also a last, and that in 2021 we can get back to putting on the week-long extravaganza you all have come to know and love.
That said, it was truly a humbling experience to see so many of you come out to support us during these difficult times. Your patience, patronage and loyalty stand as a testament not just to your fondness for fair food, but to your love of the fair itself, and trust us when we tell you, the Fair loves you back! We're already gearing up to make 2021 the best Cuyahoga County Fair ever, so stay tuned for announcements over the coming months. In the mean time, thank you all again, stay safe, and we cant wait see you next year!
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124th CUYAHOGA COUNTY FAIR
AUGUST 10-15, 2021
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The directors of the Cuyahoga County Fair Board have made the difficult decision to postpone the 124th Annual Cuyahoga County Fair scheduled for August 11-16th in Berea until August 2021.
In consideration of the COVID-19 virus and acknowledging the State of Ohio and Governor DeWine’s safety recommendations, the event will not subject the public to possibly contracting the virus. The event planners have consulted with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, concessioners, amusement companies, entertainers and junior fair officials, and with much contemplation decided that public safety was of the utmost importance.
"Our goal now, and in the future, is for the safety and welfare of the public, employees, volunteers and thousands of participants", stated Fair Board President Tim Fowler.
Fowler further states, "The decision has been very difficult, emotional and well thought out. The fair industry is very integrated and complex with participants assembling from throughout the country. It is a business and we must get it right. One error destroys a year of planning and preparation.”
“Our board of directors and partners work very hard to be successful and have raised this yearly event to the level of greatness for the public to enjoy each year. We are extremely proud of the Cuyahoga County Fair and genuinely appreciate the community's support throughout the years. The precautions taken today will help ensure that we are able to provide this 124-year tradition for future generations."
“The Cuyahoga County Fair Board is committed to a strong comeback in 2021 with an event that will fulfill the public’s view and what they have come to expect.” Be safe! Be strong! Be fair!
Cuyahoga County Fair Board
Recipient of the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau/Cuyahoga County Fair Partnership $1000 Scholarship
- Amber Renee Blevins of Olmsted Twp.
- Amber will be attending Miami University
- Field of Study: Biology/Veterinary Medicine
Recepient of the Jim Mikesina $500 Law Enforcement Scholarship
- Nicolette Cianciolo of Strongsville
- Nikki will be attending University of Cincinnati
- Field of Study: Criminal Justice
Recipient of the Cuyahoga County Fair $1000 Scholarship
- Andrew Koranda of Parma
- Andrew will be attending Tri-C before heading to Ohio State ATI (Agricultural Technical Institute)
- Field of Study: Hydraulic Control