County fair season is in full swing with farm animals and noisy trucks
July 31, 2014 12:00 AM
T.J. Frye, 7, hugs his calf, Old Betsy, while getting ready to show her at last year's Westmoreland Fair. This year's addition takes place Aug. 15-23.
Now that we've heard those words "back to school," it also means it's county fair season, which brings to the area everything from queen contests to pig races to school bus demolition derbies.
The fairs also offer midway carnivals with rides and fun, not-so-good-for-you food, plus concerts by big names (like Hunter Hayes and Joan Jett) and much smaller ones.
Here's a guide:
FAYETTE COUNTY FAIR
Daily events include Pigs Gone Wild racing, Alain Zerbini Circus, The Barnyard Petting Zoo and El Gleno Grande.
Grandstand highlights: Boys & Bulls Rodeo and Justin Fabus (today), 4x4 quad mud races and Fayette Idol finals (Friday), demolition derby, and Beatles tribute band The Return (Saturday).
Admission: $13, early bird admission weekdays only $11 until 4 p.m.
Where: Fayette County Fairgrounds, off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Route 119, 20 miles south of New Stanton.
Information: 724-628-FAIR (3247), 724-628-3360 or www.fayettefair.com.
CLEARFIELD COUNTY FAIR
This is the fair with the big music headliners: Florida Georgia Line (tonight), Halestorm (Friday), Joan Jett (Saturday).
Daily events include Reithoffer Amusements on the Midway, Old McNally's Pig Derby and Buffo the World's Strongest Clown.
Admission: $5; $7 with ride pass; concert tickets extra.
Where: From I-80, take exit 120 to Route 879 south to Route 322 west; follow signs. The fair is at the Driving Park, off Mill Road and Turnpike Road.
Information: 1-814-765-4629 or www.clearfieldcountyfair.com.
BUTLER FARM SHOW
Monday through Aug. 9.
Daily activities include Wild World of Animals, Todd Charles (the Moogician), and Dr. Smart's magic and comedy.
Daily concerts: God's Country (Monday), Charee White (Tuesday), Jeremy Staubus (Wednesday), Allegheny Drifters (Aug. 7), David Allen and the Roadworks Band (Aug. 8), Diamonds in the Rough (Aug. 9).
Grandstand: Monster Truck Show and Redneck Truck Pull (Monday), Truck and Tractor Pull (Tuesday), 4-Wheel Drive Pulling Contest (Wednesday), Figure 8 Races (Aug. 7), Demo Derby (Aug. 8), Road Semi and Tri-Axle Truck Pull (Aug. 9).
Where: Take I-79 north to the Evans City exit; follow Route 528 to Route 68. Farm Show grounds are on Route 68, three miles west of Butler.
Information: 724-482-4000 or www.butlerfarmshow.com.
GREENE COUNTY FAIR
Monday through Aug. 9.
Tropical Amusements, carnival rides, bingo and petting zoo are among the daily events.
Other attractions include lawn and tractor pull (Monday), truck pulls (Tuesday), Mad Dog Rodeo Band (Wednesday), Chris Higbee Band (Aug. 7), demolition derby (Aug. 8); truck and tractor pulls (Aug. 9).
Admission: $8; Aug. 8, noon-5 p.m., free admission to seniors age 65 and older with IDs.
Where: Waynesburg exit off I-79 to Route 21 and the Greene County Fairgrounds.
Information: 724-627-4752 or www.greenecountyfair.org.
WASHINGTON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Attractions include the fair queen contest and firefighter challenge (Aug. 9), The Swon Brothers from "The Voice" and fireworks (Aug. 10), pro-stock tractors (Aug. 11), monster trucks and Black Horse Band (Aug. 12), Sarah Hayes Band (Aug. 12), senior high bands and school bus demolition derby (Aug. 13), rodeo and The Weed Rags (Aug. 14), street stock trucks and Cat Fish Camp (Aug. 15), and demolition derby and Shannon and the Merger (Aug. 16).
Admission: $9; $6 Aug. 9, 12 and 14; senior citizens 62 and older free Aug. 11.
Where: Take I-79 south to exit 41 (Racetrack Road); follow signs to the fairgrounds in Arden.
Information: 724-225-7718 or www.washingtonfair.org.
LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR
Grandstand entertainment includes antique and farm stock tractor pull (Aug. 11), Bike Night and truck/tractor pull (Aug. 12), Christian Music Festival (Aug. 13), truck and tractor pulls (Aug. 14), Keystone V8 Midget Pullers (Aug. 15), drag race and fireworks (Aug. 16).
Admission: $8; rides and parking included, grandstand extra.
Where: Take Route 108 three miles east of New Castle to Lawrence County Fairgrounds, across from Laurel High School.
Information: 724-654-7745 or www.lawrencecountyfair.com.
Daily family events include Bar C Ranch Petting Zoo and Camel Rides, Dennie Huber Magician and Balloon Artist, Wambold's Circus, magician, beekeeper.
Featured music is karaoke with Power Bomb Productions (Aug. 19), Chuck Blasko & The Vogues (Aug. 20), and Saddle Up (Aug. 23).
Also, Fair Queen Contest and monster truck races (Aug. 15), monster truck races (Aug. 16), demolition derby and fireworks (Aug. 17), Bullride Mania (Aug. 18), 4-by-4 truck pulls and 5500/7500 farm stock tractor pulls (Aug. 19), demolition derby (Aug. 20), pro stock/super stock and mini modified tractors and pulls (Aug. 21), superstock 4x4 trucks and more (Aug. 22), demolition derby, compact and powder puff derby (Aug. 23).
Admission: $7; extra fees for some events; all inclusive ticket $12; early bird admission $3 per person before 2 p.m. except Aug. 21 and 23. Children 2 and under free.
Where: Take Pennsylvania Turnpike to Irwin exit and head east toward Greensburg. Follow Route 30 to Mount Pleasant exit and go south 6 miles
Information: 724-423-5005 or www.westmorelandfair.com.
CRAWFORD COUNTY FAIR
Big-name country entertainment features Hunter Hayes (Aug. 16), Chris Higbee (Aug. 19), Lee Brice (Aug. 20).
Also, the Fair Queen pageant (Aug. 17), truck and tractor pull (Aug. 18), Bullride Mania (Aug. 21), USA-East Truck & Tractor Pull (Aug. 22); a rodeo (Aug. 22), demolition derby and fireworks (Aug. 23).
Admission: $8 (free rides); under 5 free.
Where: Take I-79 north to Meadville. The fairgrounds are on Route 77, northwest of Meadville. The Crawford County Fairgrounds' address is 13291 Dickson Road, Meadville.
Information: 1-814-333-7400 or www.crawfordcountyfairpa.com.
SOMERSET COUNTY FAIR
Events include semi-truck pull (Aug. 16), queen contest and the Farmers and Merchants Parade (Aug. 17), figure-8 demolition derby race (Aug. 18), country band Leather & Lace (Aug. 19), Dave Martin Rodeo (Aug. 20), farm tractor pull and Supreme Showman Finals (Aug. 21), 4x4 truck pull (Aug. 22), Jack Fullerton Destruction Derby (Aug. 23).
Admission: $8 includes mechanical rides and grandstand. Children under 2 free.
Where: Take Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 10 to Somerset and follow Route 219 south to Meyersdale, about 25 miles.
Information: 1-814-634-5619 or www.somersetcountyfairpa.com.
Events include tractor pulls (Aug. 19), rodeo (Aug. 20), motocross events (Aug. 21); a demolition derby (Aug. 22); and horse pulls and truck and tractor pulls (Aug. 23).
Performances include a princess pageant and fair queen (Aug. 19), Legends of Music tribute (Aug. 20), Gatlin (Aug. 21), Stryke 3 (Aug. 22), Vanessa Campagna (Aug. 23).
Admission: $8 until 3 p.m., $10 after; everything included; free parking. Ages 60 and older free Aug. 20; under 2 free.
Where: One-half mile north of U.S. Route 30 on Route 168;.
Information: 724-573-4512 or www.hookstownfair.com.
INDIANA COUNTY FAIR
Events begin on free admission Family Day Aug. 24 with an antique motor and machinery show, an outhouse race, a kids pedal tractor pull; crowning of Indiana County fair queen, and Harvest Home Service.
Attractions include country singer Eric Paslay (Aug. 25), Band Night (Aug. 26), stock gasoline and stock diesel 4-by-4 pickup pull (Aug. 27), milk-chugging contest (Aug. 28), pro stock tractor and big semis pull (Aug. 29), stock-semi trucks and tri-axel dump trucks pull (Aug. 30).
Admission: $8; free admission Aug. 25; children under 2 admitted for free.
Where: From Route 422 or Route 119, take the Wayne Avenue exit and follow Wayne Avenue to Jimmy Stewart Boulevard to the J.S. Mack Community Center.
Information: 724-349-5508, 724-465-6703 or www.indianacountyfair.com.
BIG KNOB GRANGE FAIR
The 72nd annual Big Knob Grange Fair opens with a parade (Aug. 26) with Freedom Area High School Marching Band.
Events include Mud Bog and ATV racing (Aug. 26), tractor and truck pulls (Aug. 27-28), demolition derbies (Aug. 29), farm stock tractor pull and demo derby (Aug. 30).
Musical acts include Crows Run Band (Aug. 26), Big Knob Has Talent (Aug. 27), Square Dancing (Aug. 28), New Silver Eagle Band (Aug. 29); Kardaz (Aug. 30).
Admission: Free, but fees for events at the track are $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Free parking. Rides are $15 total every evening.
Where: 2 miles east of Rochester, Beaver County, on Big Knob Road.
Featured entertainment includes Team Extreme Motorcycle Show daily, the SLIM Brothers (Aug. 27), Northwest Pa. Truck and Tractor Pull (Aug. 28), a Demo Derby (Aug. 29), John Berry (Aug. 30), Black Cat Hell Drivers (Aug. 31) and Bull Ride Mania (Sept. 1).
Admission: $10; under 2 free.
Where: Take I-79 north to Exit 121, the Mercer-Franklin, exit and stay on Route 62. The fairgrounds are between Stoneboro and Sandy Lake on Route 62 in Mercer County.
Information: 724-376-2852 or http:/stoneborofair.info.
CAMBRIA COUNTY FAIR
Aug. 31-Sept. 6.
The 123rd annual fair features music by Parmalee (Aug. 31), horse show (Sept. 1), street stock and super semi truck pull (Sept. 2), truck pull (Sept. 3), demolition derbies (Sept. 4-5), monster trucks (Sept. 6).
Admission: $8; $5 Sept. 2.
Where: Take Route 22 east to Ebensburg exit and follow the signs.
Information: 1-814-472-7491 or www.cambriacofair.com.
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