When the gates open Friday on the Big Butler Fair, it will be the start of the county's biggest generator of foot traffic -- nine days of rides and music, food and fireworks, tractor pulls and demolition derbies.
The fair runs through July 6. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the midway booths open at 1 p.m.
Featured events, generally set for 7 p.m. each day, include bike night on Friday with free admission to the fairgrounds for those who ride their motorcycles into the grandstand through the West Gate; big rigs pulling series and semi-truck pulls on Saturday; school bus demolition on Sunday; giant auto demolition derby on Monday; truck night on Tuesday; a Rusted Root concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday; a motocross motorcycle show next Thursday, capped off by fireworks at dusk; smoker series tractor and pro-stock tractor pull on July 5; and a bike fest and a country music concert by Aaron Tippin at 6 p.m. July 6.
"The Big Butler Fair is one of Butler County's favorite summer traditions," said Patti Jo Lambert of the Butler County Tourism and Promotion Agency.
"The fair is one of the largest in the state and thousands come to the county to enjoy the animals, shows, rides and more each and every year."
It's the fair's 158th year of mixing the county's agricultural heritage with traditional carnival fun.
Lots of opportunities will be presented for those interested in animals with animal contests set daily and a petting zoo for the kids open from morning until night.
In addition to the usual horses and cows, this year camel rides will be offered for $5 a jaunt.
Details: 724-865-2400 or www.bigbutlerfair.com.
The event is held at the fairgrounds, off Route 422 in Prospect.
Tickets: $8 after 4 p.m., $6 before 4 p.m. Children younger than 2 get in free. Entrance prices do not include rides.
A ride-all-day-pass is $20 but can be purchased on-line for $15 through Friday.region - neigh_north
Karen Kane: firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-772-9180.