Crews have been working hard since Aug. 21 to prepare the Colonial Inn at the Canfield Fairgrounds to serve breakfast and lunch. The Colonial Inn officially opened on Wednesday for the first day of the Canfield Fair.
The Colonial Inn is operated by an all-volunteer staff from Austintown Community Church. The church began serving homemade meals on the corner across from the fair office in late 1920s and has not missed a fair yet.
In 1960, the church's tent was replaced with a permanent building named the Colonial Inn. Five years later, a full kitchen was built and today the ACC volunteers serve hot meals while raising funds for the church and missions.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Stan Shearer from Austintown Community Church began Aug. 21 to set up the Colonial Inn at the Canfield Fair by cleaning bread racks and the kitchen. The church began serving breakfast and lunch on Wednesday of the fair.
"All the proceeds go to towards missions, youth missions, church improvements and help within the community," said Director Pattie Hunt-Shearer. "We help several different community organizations."
She said a lot of local families have been helped through the funds raised at the Colonial Inn.
Shearer begins in August to order the supplies she needs such as the roast beef and chickens. She also has to order vegetables and eggs. She said for breakfast alone, the volunteer crew will cook 30 pounds of bacon, 30 pounds of sausage, and more than 40 dozen eggs.
"And we buy everything local," she said.
The food arrived on Tuesday and the kitchen was ready to go at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Staffing the Colonial Inn takes about 50 people per day. The majority come from the church and filling in the roster are National Honor Society students, volunteers from Relay for Life, and some people from other Austintown churches.
Shearer's husband, Stan, shares in managing the operations and handles the breakfast each morning. It means he has to arrive at the Colonial Inn at 4:30 a.m. to get the fry pans hot for bacon and sausage. Pancakes are another popular food that Shearer said can average 80 pounds per day.
The Colonial Inn will be serving breakfast at the fair beginning at 6 a.m. Lunch will begin around 12:30 p.m. and will continue to 8 p.m. daily. The Colonial Inn is located next to the fair office and souvenir stand.
New this year is a fresh paint job and some new wall trim that fairground maintenance completed over the summer.