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Bullskin Township Community Fair runs through Aug. 16

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
A bull rider competes during the rodeo at the 85th annual Bullskin Township Community Fair in 2013. The event returns Sunday and will run through Aug. 16.
A bull rider competes during the rodeo at the 85th annual Bullskin Township Community Fair in 2013. The event returns Sunday and will run through Aug. 16.

Affordable family fun is a tradition at the Bullskin Township Community Fair, according to Jim Hoover, president of the fair's board of directors.

“There are not too many places you can get out of the car and go in without paying a dime unless you want to,” Hoover said.

The 86th annual installment of the event, which takes place along State Route 982 in Wooddale, will open Sunday and it will run through Aug. 16.

Hoover said the board feels it's important to keep entry to the fair free.

“It's something for a family to go to that is affordable, and there are not a lot of places you can go with a family that doesn't cost a lot of money,” Hoover said.

While many activities and performances at the fair will remain the same this year, some of the new events will captivate the crowd, according to Jim Fabian, the fair's entertainment chairman.

The newest featured event will be a mud bog.

Event Chairman Tim Zufall said he will create a mud pit measuring 13-14 feet long, 60 feet wide and 2 feet deep in which vehicles of street class, open class and all-terrain class can compete.

“We used to do an ATV obstacle course, and it was getting old with the crowd so we thought we would try something new,” Zufall said.

The entrance fee for the new event is $10 each, and Zufall said cash prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners.

Fabian said the DJ High Voltage Karaoke Contest, which was new last year, was such a big hit he decided to bring it back again.

“The contest drew a huge crowd last year and we hope it will grow even bigger this year,” Fabian said.

DJ High Voltage, also known as J.R. Victor of South Connellsville, said everyone who signs up in the free contest will be given a ticket which will be put in to a random draw. From that random draw five participants will be chosen.

“They will go through five rounds and be judged on how on queue they are with the songs, how well they work the crowd or if they have to stand and watch the monitor,” Victor said.

This year, the contest will have three judges, and trophies will be awarded to entrants placing first through fourth, the fifth place entrant receiving a plaque.

Victor said he also plans to offer candy and other prizes for children and adults that will be thrown into the crowd.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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