Plenty of summer activities reaching milestones in Butler County

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Some of Butler County's well-known summer events are marking anniversaries this year.

Butler Farm Show

The popular Butler Farm Show is celebrating its 65th year of bringing animals, tractors and families together.

The six-day show begins Monday, with gates opening at 9 a.m. each day and rides opening at 1 p.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds on Route 68, three miles west of Butler.

The show's motto is "It started as a plow and became a family tradition."

The farm show started as a plowing competition in 1947 and folks loved it so much, the Butler Farm Show Association was created to hold the show.

The show attracts families for the child-friendly activities, said Jim Lokhaiser, director of marketing and promotions.

"There are a lot of great things for kids -- from seeing the animals, to the rides, to the shows," he said.

The show will host 1,270 animals, including horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits and poultry.

Many will be shown as part of 4-H competitions, and some of the animals will be available to purchase during the 4-H auction.

"Last year, the grand champion steer brought in $22,000," Mr. Lokhaiser said.

The $8 admission fee includes all exhibits, shows and rides except for the events in the large show arena.

If the weather cooperates, Mr. Lokhaiser said, attendance is expected to be 65,000 to 70,000 during the six days.

Portersville Steam Show

It is the 50th year for the Portersville Steam Show, sponsored by the nonprofit Portersville Steam Show Association, today through Sunday at the Portersville Steam Show Grounds, 1512 Perry Highway (Route 19).

The association's motto is "Antiques in Action," and the show attracts historians, steam engine lovers and families looking for fun and educational activities, said Sam Cooper, board member of the association.

"We have a small train that people can ride, craft and food vendors, tractor pulls for the children and all sorts of old-time engines on display," he said.

More than 200 old farm tractors will be on display. A big draw is the homemade ice cream made in a machine powered by an old engine, Mr. Cooper said.

"Everyone loves that," he added.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Entertainment and square dancing are part of the event. Admission for adults is $2 on Thursday and Sunday, $5 on Friday and Sunday.

Children younger than 12 get in free.

Information: 724-452-8656 or

Regatta at Lake Arthur

The regatta, celebrating its 15th anniversary, will be held Saturday and Sunday. In addition to boat races, it is introducing two new events: "Quest for the King: Lake Arthur Eco Relay Race" and "Six Hour Canoe."

For the "Quest for the King," teams of five will compete in a "quad-athon," which will have participants racing on bikes, canoes and kayaks -- and running.

"The teams will have two people canoe across the lake, one will ride a bike, one will kayak and one will run a segment.

They will compete to be the first to pull a sword out of a rock, just like King Arthur," said John Bridges, water events chairman. Pre-registration is required for the "Quest for the King" race.

For the "Six Hour Canoe," groups will build a canoe from kits prepared by Mr. Bridges.

On Sunday, they will launch the boats in Lake Arthur.

Activities for children will include Dead Fish Polo and water and boat safety demonstrations.

A fireworks display will be held Saturday evening.

Admission is free and all park facilities will be open and available.



Kathleen Ganster, freelance writer:


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