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Bullskin planning a fair to remember

| Saturday, July 20, 2013, 1:36 a.m.
Rachel Basinger | For the Daily Courier
The Bullskin Township Fair will be held Aug. 12 to 17, 2013. Promoting the fair are (from left) fair board member Randy Brown and fair board president Jim Hoover.

The Bullskin Township Fair board is working hard to make the 85th annual event memorable.

The fair is scheduled for Aug. 12-17. Officials said several new events will be introduced this year.

After purchasing the grange building three years ago, fair board President Jim Hoover said the board has decided to capitalize on the purchase and utilize the upstairs of the building to bring additional entertainment to fairgoers.

There will be bands playing on the outdoor stage at 7:30 p.m. every evening of the fair, and bands will also be playing inside the grange at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday during fair week.

Scheduled to appear during fair week inside the grange are Blue Steel, Sidewinder and The Rarely Herd. The bands are sponsored by Somerset Trust, Shallenberger Construction and Bullskin Stone-N-Lime.

Fair board member Randy Brown said the basement kitchen of the grange will serve ice cream waffles that have been missing from the fair for a few years. Pie, ice cream and ice cream floats will also be available there.

This year, the mutton-busting competition previously held on Wednesdays during rodeo night will now be moved to Thursday after the horse-pulling competition at 8 p.m.

In past years, because the rodeo was so packed with events and participants, the mutton-busting competition for children ages 6 and younger was always limited to a few children who were lucky enough to make the sign-ups.

This year, no child will be turned away, and all those who want to will have the chance to ride a sheep in the competition.

The first-place rider in the competition will receive $100 and a belt buckle.

A calf scramble for children ages 6 to 15 will also be held.

The scramble will have three youth standing in the center of the arena. A calf is let loose in the arena with a ribbon tied to its tail. The team who pulls the ribbon off the calf's tail the fastest within the two-minute time limit will win. Top prize is $100 and a trophy for the winning team.

Hoover said the fair board hopes to draw more people into the horse-pulling event scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday by moving the mutton-busting event to that evening.

“You never know,” said Hoover. “If the horse pull still doesn't get a crowd, we might just consider cutting it all together next year and adding more children's arena events that night.”

While there will not be a queen contest this year, the fair board expects the Westmoreland Squares, a group of young people who participate in square dancing competitions.

The schedule for the week includes a horse and pony show on Sunday as well as a garden-tractor pull. Monday will be the truck pull sponsored by Huffman's Auto and Mt. Pleasant Mine Service who both gave $1,000 each to be added to the prize money that will be given to the winners.

Tuesday will be the ATV course and Wednesday will be the annual rodeo that will feature more bulls, and therefore, more participants. Hamborsky Livestock sponsored this event and donated $1,000 to be added to the prize money.

Friday will be the antique tractor parade and the tractor pull sponsored by Somerset Trust who also donated $1,000 that will be added to the prize money.

Saturday will be the dead-weight tractor pull, the kid's pedal pull and the pet parade during the day and another demolition derby in the evening.

Brown said with free parking, free admission and free entertainment, there's so many reasons for people to make their way to the Bullskin Township Fair this year.

“It's just a good place to meet up with people you might not have seen in years and catch up,” he said.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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