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Tradition returns to East Palestine fair

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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio - Wearing winter coats and their hoods up.. Kids enjoy the rides at East Palestine's street fair.

"We're just trying to keep everybody warm and maybe not stay here super late," said Lora Whitacre.

The cold, windy weather didn't keep 4-year old Leila Whitacre from enjoying her ride on the ferris wheel.

However, the fair almost didn't happen this year.

After 85 years, the American Legion decided not to host it.

But residents formed a committee to make sure the fair would continue. It is now sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and it's back on Main Street.

"It started out in our city park and then it moved to the main street and then it moved to the side street due to I think a bridge being replaced in town and then it just never got back to the main street until this year," said Shirley Glavan with the fair committee.

Even the ferris wheel and merry-go-round have been put back in their traditional places.

The fair's organizers say long-time residents and fair-goers have taken notice.

"There's a lot of childhood memories here. So everyone is very excited to come back and recreate those memories ... bring their kids back and start new memories," said Chamber of Commerce President Don Elzer.

The different rides, games, vendors and musical acts provide a little something for everyone.

The fair continues Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. and then on Sunday from 1 until 7 p.m.

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