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A week of fairs starts Saturday

Three county fairs continue all next week in the Tri-State area

Three county fairs continue all next week in the Tri-State area

August 18, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

Pick a county in the Tri-State area during the month of August and chances are you'll run into a rockin' county fair.

During the next week, the fair is open in Pennsylvania's Franklin and Fulton counties and in Jefferson County, W.Va.

The three fairs promise food stands, performances, demolition derbies and animal competitions throughout the week.

"We're promoting the agriculture and the rural areas that are left in Jefferson County," says Todd Wilt, manager of the Jefferson County Fair.

The Fulton County Fair celebrates its 85th year this fair season and the Franklin County Fair continues its connection with agricultural youth.

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Here are more details about the individual county fairs in the Tri-State area:

Franklin County, Pa.


The Franklin County Fair emphasizes the county's agricultural foundation and includes work by homemakers associations, 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America chapters.

"What I like about it is bringing kids to the forefront," says Jean Brake, a member of the county fair board. "It's showing off the talents of the kids."

The fair, which runs Sunday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 27, at Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club Farm, 3725 Warm Spring Road, also features music by Tori Anderson and Possum Holler, Firm Foundation and Chris Woodward. Rides and games are open nightly and evening shows include a truck and tractor pull, karaoke and talent contests, and a demolition derby.

Unlimited rides are offered for $8, every night between 7 and 10 p.m., except Sunday. Admission is free Sunday, but no rides are offered.

The schedule includes:

Sunday, Aug. 21

- 1 p.m. - Youth horse show

- 6:30 p.m. - 31st annual fair vespers service with music by Firm Foundation and speaker Pastor Brian Black of Five Forks Brethren In Christ Church.

Monday, Aug. 22

- 6:30 p.m. - Little Miss contest

- 7:30 p.m. - Horse pull

- 8 p.m. - Miss Franklin County Fair Queen contest

Tuesday, Aug. 23

- 7 p.m. - Skid steer operator rodeo

- 7 p.m. - Karaoke contest (Check-in at 6:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug. 24

- 7 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull

- 7 p.m. - Talent contest (Check-in at 6:45 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug. 25

- 7 p.m. - Youth barnyard Olympics

- 7:30 and 9:10 p.m. - Tori Anderson and Possum Holler

Friday, Aug. 26

- 7 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull

- 7 and 8:30 p.m. - Borderline

Saturday, Aug. 27

- 7 and 8:30 p.m. - Chris Woodward

- 7:30 p.m. - J&J Demolition Derbies

Fulton County, Pa.


The Fulton County Fair "is a down-home country fair," says Paul Schmidt, vice president of the Fulton County Fair Association. "It hasn't changed much in the last 85 years that it's been in business."

To celebrate the history of the fair and of the county, the fair association and the Grease, Steam and Rust Association of McConnellsburg, Pa., will unveil the beginnings of an agricultural museum on the fairgrounds.

The two associations are restoring a 1929 exhibit building on the fairgrounds. Eventually the building will be turned into a part-time agricultural museum. During the fair, a portion of the building will be open, showing displays of antique tractors and farm equipment, Schmidt says.

Gates open nightly at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 27, at Fulton County Fairgrounds, 888 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, Pa. Tuesday is family day and activities start earlier, around 2 p.m. The fair features nightly entertainment, including demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls, and a fireworks display on Thursday night.

The schedule includes:

Sunday, Aug. 21

- 9 a.m. - Open horse show

- 6:30 p.m. - Vespers service

- 8 p.m. - Fulton County Fair Queen Pageant

Monday, Aug. 22

- 7:30 p.m. - Compact car demolition derby (Rain date is Tuesday)

Tuesday, Aug. 23

- 7 p.m. - Tractor pull, mini-modified trucks, mini-rod tractors

- Tuesday is family day; reduced price admission for ages 12 and younger.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

- 6 p.m. - Horse pie bingo

- 7:30 p.m. - Full-size car demolition derby

Thursday, Aug. 25

- 6 and 8 p.m. - Country music band

- 7 p.m. - Mini-modified truck and mini-tractor pull

- 9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Friday, Aug. 26

- 6 p.m. - 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America barnyard Olympics

- 7 p.m. - STA-BIL national lawn mower racing series modified and stock models

Saturday, Aug. 27

- 7 p.m. - 4x4 Orlo Ink truck pull

- 8 p.m. - Teen dance

Jefferson County, W.Va.


The Jefferson County Fair is an opportunity for some to remember and others to learn about the agricultural foundations of their county.

Todd Wilt, manager of the fair, says the annual weeklong event has become important in educating newcomers about the history of Jefferson County.

"Certainly Jefferson County is changing very rapidly," he says. "I've heard it referred to as a bedroom community. A lot of people live here. They drive to northern Virginia to work, but they see very little of the community that they live in."

While the actual agricultural community is diminishing in the county, attendance at the county fair continues to grow, Wilt says.

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