The Canton Fireman's Fair made a big splash Tuesday - and it wasn't because of the water puddles left over from the recent rain.

It was the opening night of the annual event, which is being held through Saturday.

Jodi Bardo, one of the organizers of the fair, said people were "steadily coming in."

She was happy that the showers appeared to be over.

"At least it's not raining," she commented.

Heather Williams came all the way from Sheshequin Township to the fair.

"It's a little damp, but they (the kids) are wearing their water shoes," she said.

She thought the fair had more age-appropriate rides this year.

New food items this year at the ice cream booth include boneless wings, a bloomin' onion, soft pretzels, and a waffle/ice cream treat.

Taylore Bardo, who was working in the ice cream stand, had the garlic parmesan boneless wings and she said they were delicious. She also thought the bloomin' onion tasted like the ones at Texas Roadhouse.

Abbie Bardo, who was also working in the stand, said that the mild boneless wings were "spectacular."

"They're awesome," she said.

They noted that people had been asking for boneless wings, so the fire department added them to the fair's menu.

Donna Wesneski and her granddaughter, Ashleigh Robbins, tried out some fair food Tuesday night. They were having the fried chicken and French fries.

"It's better than cooking suppers," Wesneski said about eating out at the fair.

Five-dollar tickets were also being sold at the Chinese auction table for the fire department's gun raffle. The drawing is Oct. 6.

First prize is a Springfield Arms 1911 .45 caliber pistol; second prize, $250 cash; and third prize, $100 cash.

Entertainment for the week is as follows: Wednesday, Canton's own Heart & Soul; Thursday, Gary & The Bandits; Friday, Jubal; and Saturday, the Grand Finale Fireworks Display along with MidNight Sun.

According to a news release, the midway opens at 6 p.m. nightly. Wristbands will be sold at the gate. Prices for wristbands are $4 for non-riders and $6 for all-you-can-ride.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: