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County by county, fair days can be great days

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 8:26 p.m.
Staci Kmetz, 10, of Perryopolis calms Oreo, a female Hampshire, during the Junior Showmanship at the Fayette County Fair on Monday, July 30, 2012. Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
Fairgoers go for a ride on the swings before the rains came from a storm surge that moved through at the Fayette County Fairgrounds for the first night of the Fayette County Fair on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier

Bright lights, loud tunes and the smell of funnel cake lingering in the air ...

Western Pennsylvania county fairs are back for the summer season. Like the eager livestock, the fairgrounds have been picked, prodded and prepped, and are ready for visitors.

Pack the car and the family, and head on over to a fair spot near you:

Fayette County Fair: July 25 to Aug. 3. More than 100,000 people attend this fair each year. Highlights this year include Fayette Idol; a concert by The Clarks on July 26; and performances by hypnotist and comedian Mike Bishop from July 25 to 28. Daily shows include Pigs Gone Wild, Ken Groves Comedian Ventriloquist, and Disc-Connected K9's World Famous Frisbee Dogs. There will be fireworks July 28. Livestock and agricultural judging goes on all week, in addition to rides and games. Admission: $13; $11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; $10 in advance at select locations. County Fairgrounds, Route 119 North, Dunbar. 724-628-3360 or

Butler Farm Show: Aug. 5 to 10. Major arena events for the 65th annual Butler Farm Show include car, truck & tractor pulls, a demolition derby and square dancers. Figure 8 will perform Aug. 9. The Allegheny Drifters bluegrass band perform two shows on Aug. 6. Additional country performances include Lindsey Erin, Renegades, No Back Road and Diamonds in the Rough. The Wild World of Animals will perform three shows a day. Livestock judging continues throughout the show. Rides open at 1 p.m. Admission: $7. 625 Evans City Road, Butler. 724-482-4000 or

Washington County Agricultural Fair: Aug. 10 to 17. Pro-golfer-turned-country-artist Colt Ford will perform Aug. 10 as part of the entertainment at the Washington County fair. Other events include tractor pulls, a school-bus demolition derby, harness racing and Zambelli fireworks on Aug. 11. Denny Huber the Clown and a petting zoo are among daily events. Contests, rides and livestock exhibits continue throughout the week. Admission: $6 to $9. Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington. 724-225-7718 or

Dayton Fair: Aug. 11 to 17. This is the 133rd year for the Dayton Fair in Armstrong County. Country singer Randy Houser will perform on Aug. 17. Daily attractions include the Great American Frontier Show and Galaxy Girl, along with tractor pulls, demolition derbies, harness racing, rides, an agricultural fair and livestock auctions throughout. Admission: $8; $7 in advance; $40 for a week pass in advance. Armstrong County Fair Fairgrounds, Dayton. 814-257-8332 or

Lawrence County Fair: Aug. 12 to 17. Truck & tractor pulls, a Country Music Festival with Morgan Frazier, Frank Foster and Bucky Covington on Aug. 16, and fireworks on Aug. 17 highlight the Lawrence County Fair. But livestock and agricultural goods judging are the pride and joy of this fair. Admission: $8; plus additional tickets needed for grandstand events. 464 Midway Road, New Castle. 724-654-7745 or

Westmoreland Fair: Aug. 16 to 24. A Farmer's Olympics will kick off the Westmoreland fair on Aug. 16. Other arena events include new-to-the-fair monster truck racing, demolition derbies, Bullride Mania and tractor pulls. Entertainment includes Twisted Fate on Aug. 24. Livestock competitions and exhibits continue all week, along with rides and games. Admission: $7; plus additional admission prices for arena events. 123 Blue Ribbon Lane, Pleasant Unity. 724-423-5005 or

Somerset County Fair: Aug. 17 to 24. Fair's Got Talent and the Pet Parade headline the 113th annual Somerset County Fair. Tractor pulls, horse pulls, livestock and agricultural foods judging, and carnival rides all take place. Admission: $8; except for Aug. 17 and 18 when admission is free. 7842 Mount Davis Road, Meyersdale. 814-634-5619 or

Hookstown Fair: Aug. 20 to 24. Entertainment includes concerts by Steve Dorser as Roy Orbison and Ernie Valley as Elvis on Aug. 20 and Hillbury's on Aug. 24, plus a rodeo, demolition derby and tractor pulls. A Grizzly Experience will showcase North America's own Alaskan grizzly bears, featuring new cubs Yogi and BooBoo. Rides open at 2 p.m., 11 a.m. Saturday. Livestock and other judging continues throughout the fair. Admission: $10; $8 before 3 p.m.; $7 in advance. 1198 State Route 168, Hookstown, Beaver County. 724-573-4512 or

Indiana County Fair: Aug. 24 to 31. An exhibit highlighting the 151st Indiana County Fair history will be on display all week. Besides livestock judging, there will be a demolition derby, harness racing and tractor pulls. A train show and a new act this year, “K9's in Flight,” make the daily schedule. Admission: $8, except Aug. 25, when admission is free. Indiana County Fairgrounds, J.S. Mack Community Park. 724-465-6703 or

Emma Deihle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7834 or

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