Michelle Long likes to walk around the grounds of the Westmoreland Fair and watch the kids' expressions.
"When I see those little ones enjoying themselves, I know we've done our job," Ms. Long, the fair secretary, said.
The fair's barns, pavilions, arenas and midway open Friday for the 59th edition of the annual agricultural event.
This year's fair has traditional activities, including judging of cows, chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits and sheep. 4-H competitions include llama judging and model rocket flight tests.
Joining the lineup of grandstand shows for the first time will be monster truck races Monday night. Thursday's events will include pro-stock, superstock and mini-modified tractor pulls.
Friday's grandstand show features power pulling by superstock 4X4 trucks, pro/super farm tractors, hot rod semitrucks, stock tractors, road semis and tri-axle vehicles. That program, which starts at 7:30 p.m., traditionally has been the most popular event, Ms. Long said. But, traffic can back up that evening on Mount Pleasant Road from the fairground entrance back to Route 30, she warned.
The fairgrounds are in Mount Pleasant Township, six miles southeast of Greensburg.
Friday's free grandstand show features "Farmers Olympics" in which participants can win gold, silver and bronze medals in four events, including hay hauling and cow milking.
The hay-hauling event is done in teams of three who must stack several rows of hay bales into a pickup truck and then drive through an obstacle course. Team members must stop and re-stack each time a bale falls.
In the milking competition, one team member must fill a container with milk obtained from a cooperative cow. When a judge approves the amount, the second team member has to run to a nearby table and chug a pint of ice-cold milk.
The "Farmers Olympics" event are open to all. Registration is free for teams that sign up before the event by calling 724-423-5005 and leave names and contact information. The fee is $5 per person on the day of the event.
Other grandstand events include several demolition derbies and "Bullride Mania."
Most fair events go on rain or shine. "The grandstand is covered, and the walkways are paved," Miss Long said.
The Westmoreland Fair opens Friday at 4 p.m. and continue daily through Aug. 24. Fair gates open at 10 a.m. on other days.
Basic admission price is $7, and includes parking, amusement rides and access to all exhibits and judging. Early bird admission is $3 per person before 2 p.m., except for next Thursday and Aug. 24. Separate ride tickets are available for $4. Fair admission is free for children ages 2 and under.
Most grandstand shows are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. The grandstand arena seats up to 8,000 spectators.
Details: 724-423-5005 or WestmorelandFair.com. Under the tab "Come to the Fair," click on "Fair Schedule."neigh_east - neigh_westmoreland
Len Barcousky: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1159.