Pa. fair is about getting kids involved

August 17, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • Taylor Morton, a McConnellsburg High School senior, is the 2010 Fulton County Fair Queen. She was crowned Sunday at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in McConnellsburg, Pa.
Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- Tuesday was Family Day at the Fulton County Fair, which was great for kids since the fairgrounds opened three hours early.

"They will get to use the rides from 2 to 10 p.m.," Fair President Bryan Yingling said.

About 16,000 people are expected to attend the 90th annual Fulton County Fair this week, he said.

Yingling said the fair, which opened Sunday and runs through Saturday, has grown this year.

The fair offers free admission for senior citizens from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, he said.

In addition to animal shows, exhibits, demolition derby and truck pulls, the fair offers a petting zoo, a fishing contest for ages 2 to 5, and the Skill-a-thon 4-H contest that allows kids to show off their skills with their animals, he said.

"We gear our fairs toward educating the kids and keeping them active in agriculture," Yingling said.

Taylor Morton, 17, showed her dairy cows Tuesday and won.


Blaze, her 4-year-old Holstein, won grand champion and is the reserved supreme champion, she said.

Her dairy cow, Riley won grand champion in the Ayrshire category.

"I was ecstatic," Taylor said.

It's been a good week for Taylor, who was very ecstatic Sunday night, too, when she was crowned the 2010 Fulton County Fair Queen.

"This is my first pageant ever," she said.

She said her whole family attended Sunday's event.

"My mom cried as soon as they put the crown on," Taylor said.

She was one of four contestants in the fair queen contest, and she thinks she won because of her essay and her speech.

"I spent a lot of time on my essay about what my fair means to my community," she said.

"As the community changes, the fair remains the same," she said she wrote in her essay.

"That's what I love," said Taylor, who will be a senior at McConnellsburg High School this fall.

After graduation, she said she wants to study business administration and human resources in college and then study to become an attorney, she said.

"This has been a great week," Taylor said.

Kellie Gress works for the fair board and processes the fair entries, she said.

She has been working with the organization for about five years, but has been involved in the fair since her brother showed his dairy cows.

"I always enjoy it," Gress said.

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