The Lorain County Fair means a lot of things for the small town of Wellington.
On average, the fair attracts 130,000 people during the week but it’s not always the best for local residents.
Police Det. Jeff Shelton said while the fair brings a lot of attention to the small town it also brings a lot of potential hazards.
Shelton said increased traffic causes the streets to get congested, which means more officers need to direct cars and deal with crashes.
Shelton said the number of break-ins also goes up. He advises fair-goers and residents to lock up.
The most common crime his department deals with cars but houses are an easy target too, he said.
Residents need to lock their doors even if they are in the backyard because criminals can sneak into the house while homeowners are distracted.
It’s not all bad, though.
Bread ‘N Brew owner Christine Buzaleski is able to cut back her hours and enjoy the fair while still bringing in business.
Though Buzaleski said much of the fair crowd isn’t interested in stopping at her corner shop, the restaurant’s regular customers make it profitable for Buzaleski to stay open for breakfast and lunch.
She expects a much different flow during the dinner hours, so she’s closing shop during the afternoon lull.
The restaurant usually slows down at night. Buzaleski said she’ll take that time and enjoy the fair herself.
Before she took over the shop last summer it had never been open during fair week.
“It’s worth it for me to be open,” she said.
The Lorain County Fair also has an impact on the way the town is run.
While village council generally meets every first and third Monday of the month, it’s tradition for the members to take a break during the festival week.
Village administrators have also directed construction crews, including the one working on the railway underpass project, to not schedule any road closures during the week so traffic can flow as evenly as possible.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.