HUNTINGDON CO. FAIR KEEPS UP WITH ‘TIMES’
BY POLLY SMITH
COUNTY FAIR WRITER
New and exciting things are coming to this year’s Huntingdon County Fair which opens Sunday, Aug. 4, and concludes Saturday, Aug. 10. Pre-season ticket prices will remain at $4 and gate prices at $5 (parking included).
The two-night Demolition Derby draws people to the grandstand from areas away from Huntingdon – some from out of state. The competition has been held Monday and Friday evenings for many years. Due to the derby’s consistently sold-out ticket sales for the finale competition, the fair directors agreed to move the Friday night show to Saturday evening. Many derby fans have work schedules or long distances to travel which collide with their wishes to
attend the finale. The Monday night derby opener will continue as usual.
The truck pull feature in the grandstand Saturday night will be moved to Friday night. The truck pull has its own following, just as the antique and mini tractor pulls do Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, respectively. This year, details are being worked out to present a draft horse pulling
competition for Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8, in the grandstand. It is hoped that this first ever competition at the fair will feature ten teams.
Demolition Derby tickets will remain at $10 for both 7 p.m. shows and $2 extra for trackside. Truck pull tickets will continue to be $6 for the 7 p.m. show. Pre-show sales at the fair office will be announced at a later date.
This year’s statewide theme is “Harvest Your Dreams.” Department leaders are looking for ways to draw more people to the fair and to make things easier to exhibit their accomplishments.
For instance, entries in the chocolate cake and apple pie contests that become state Farm Show
eligible with a blue ribbon will be judged Saturday evening, Aug. 3. This will allow participants
who wish to use perishable ingredients in their baked goods to come to the fairgrounds later in
the day. Judging of these certain items will begin immediately after the entry period closes at 7 p.m.
The popularity of fiber arts is growing in the Huntingdon area and local participants want to show others what they have learned in their classes. Demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting and rug hooking will be set up in Neary Hall during fair week.
The demonstrations at the fair are a prelude to a future “sheep to shawl” contest as interest progresses. Visitors can still expect a variety of musical entertainment and daily events at the Midway Stage as part of their admission price, as well as the first class Farm Museum that continues to grow each year with donations of farm and home antiques. Youth and adults bring their horses, their farm animals, their canned and baked goods, their garden harvests, flowers, art creations, hand crafted items, wines and woodworking projects to vie for “best of show.” Vendors fill spaces inside halls and around the grounds to offer a taste of their businesses or their delicious snacks,
desserts or meals.
And, there are carnival rides for anyone brave enough to stop at the top of the Ferris wheel or small enough to ride a painted carousel pony. Fair directors are using today’s technology to spread the word about the Huntingdon County Fair. Visit www.huntingdoncountyfair.com for the latest information and become a Facebook friend of the fair through the website. The fair now has a QR Code which will be prominently displayed at the fairgrounds and can be read electronically with the right personal tool for each day’s entertainment information.
The first fair was held in Huntingdon County in 1831 and became an annual event after World War II when the permanent location in Smithfield Township was purchased. Not wanting it to become stagnant, those who plan and direct the county fair are keeping up with the times while still touting it is the largest agricultural exposition in the state, next to the Farm Show.