Preparing for the Fayette County Fair

Brent Dufala, a Florida resident spending the summer in Uniontown, can be seen atop a ladder as electrical work is completed earlier this week on the new steer barn at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Dunbar Township. Replacing an older structure, the new barn is taller and has better ventilation. The barn, along with remodeled restrooms at the Indoor Arena, are improvements made for the 64th annual Fayette County Fair, set for July 26-Aug. 4.

The 64th annual Fayette County Fair opens at 6 p.m. July 26 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds along Route 119 in Dunbar Township, offering 10 days of concerts, racing pigs, demolition derbies and Monster Trucks as well as a variety of competitions that showcase agriculture.

“Everything’s on schedule and moving in,’’ said Bill Jackson of Redstone Township, fair board president.

Jackson noted finishing touches were being put on improvements that include a new steer barn and remodeled restrooms for the Indoor Arena.

“It was much needed,’’ said Jackson of the steer barn. “The old barn was too low. At the time, it was probably what was needed but it outlived its design.’’

The new barn is taller and has better ventilation. A lean-to will provide room for overage.

Restrooms at the Indoor Arena are being made better with high-capacity toilets, high-grade plastic stall partitions and wall paneling as well as three personalized shower rooms, Chris Piwowar of Franklin Township, and Dave Biggerstaff of Belle Vernon, fair board members on the buildings and ground committee, explained at June’s fair preview luncheon.

The fair is officially kicked off with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Building which Pennsylvania Agricultural Secretary Russell Redding is expected to attend. Fair board members will be introduced as well as contestants for this year’s fair queen contest. Blake Victor, of Brownsville, 2017 fair queen, and Teresa Fischer, of South Union Township, 2017 fair princess, will also appear with Victor slated to sing the national anthem.

In addition to the fair queen contest, the evening will be filled with events that include the firemen’s parade and first of the fair’s three demolition derbies. Competition gets underway with the first part of the 4-H dog show and judging of baked goods.

And every day is filled with more.

“It’s a tradition,’’ Jackson said of the fair. “We’re all excited to see it come and we’ll be ready for it to be over when it’s over. Most of us involved don’t get a lot of sleep.’’

That’s because the fair offers 10 days jam-packed with events.

“There’s no downtime,’’ agreed Jackson.

Admission to the fair remains $13 with early bird admission at $11 until 4 p.m. weekdays, except for opening night. The fair offers a number of free admission days when people who meet certain requirements can enter the grounds at no charge until 2 p.m. They include: July 29 — anyone with that day’s church bulletin; July 30 — veterans with proper identification; July 31 — anyone donating at least three canned goods for the Fayette County Food Bank; Aug. 1 — senior citizens aged 62 and older; and Aug. 3 — members of a grange with proper identification. Free admission does not include the carnival and outdoor arena. Upgrades can be purchased at the fair office.

The fair continues through Aug. 4. More information is available at www.fayettefair .com.

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