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Dawson Grange Community Fair opens Monday

| Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Today is the opening day of the annual Dawson Grange Community Fair. Exhibits may be entered from noon until 6 p.m. The official opening will take place at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a hay hauling contest and crowning of the Princess and Fair Queen will take place. Exhibits will be judged on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until noon. Judging is closed to the public. At 4:30 p.m. you can sign up for the ATV Obstacle Course which will begin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a decorated diaper contest.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. there will be a lawn tractor pull and you can also enter the apple pie contest at this time. Apple pies will be judged at 7:30 p.m., and this judging is closed to the public.

On Thursday, the weigh-in for the “Dead Weight” tractor pull will take place at 6 p.m. This event will begin at 7 p.m. Also taking place at 7 p.m. will be a “Mr. Legs” contest and exhibitors will be able to enter the Pennsylvania Preferred Chocolate Cake and Youth Cookie contest. At 7:15 p.m. there will be a mother/daughter look-a-like contest. Judging for the Pa. preferred contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. and is closed to the public.

On Friday, there will be a 4 by 4 truck pull and two classes of western-style tractors. (5,000 and 7,700 pounds) Sign up for this event takes place at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the day begins at 10 a.m. with sign up for the ATV Mud Bog. The event will follow at 11 a.m., as will the pet contest. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. exhibitors are asked to pick up their exhibits and premium checks. At 7 p.m. the sign up for the Western Style Tractor Pull begins. The tractor pull will take place at 7:30 p.m. If you are looking for something for the family to do during the week, stop by the Dawson Grange Community Fair in beautiful Lower Tyrone Township. Admission and parking are free as are all of the arena and stage events.

Brownfield Community Public Library will host bingo at the fair all week long.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7. All members are urged to attend.

Mark your calendars for food bank distribution dates for the month of August as follows:

• East Liberty Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt holds its distribution from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday.

• Produce for the People, a food distribution held at the Fayette County fairgrounds, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

• Leisenring Presbyterian Church will hold its monthly food distribution on from 8:30 to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 21. Please bring a box, basket or crate to carry your items home in. Remember, volunteers and donations are always welcome and appreciated.

The Lower Tyrone Township Supervisors will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Brownfield Community Center.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church is selling “Heaven's Kitchen,” a cookbook containing around 350 recipes submitted by church members, for $10. There are also commemorative New Geneva pencil holders for sale at $10. Call Sheila Kurtz at 724-398-0551 or Carolyn Mosser at 724-529-2425 if you'd like either a cookbook or pencil holder.

The annual Spring Grove Homecoming event will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25. There will be special music and a special message delivered by former resident Ron Enos. If you have ever attended Spring Grove Chapel in the past, from time to time, or if you are a member, you are urged to attend and join the growing number of people who attend each year. All are welcome.

The Lower Tyrone Men will hold its second meeting of 2013 at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at Miedel's Restaurant, Connellsville. There were a number of new pictures submitted and the plans are to produce a second DVD. The group will spread its wings into Lower Tyrone Township, Raineytown and Jackson Hill. There were are other pictures donated by Bill Colbert that will feature Dawson, Liberty and Dickerson Run. Photos will include the YMCA in Dickerson Run and a Union Supply store in Raineytown. Colbert has a number of photos in Galleytown, which is the area of the P&LE Dickerson Run Yard. Did you know that Black's store was once located in Galleytown? Black's store along with many homes were moved to Dickerson Run and Liberty. The new DVD will have up to 300 photos of the area. If you have photos lying around in your attic that would depict the area and assist in the project, call Ron Enos at 877-443-1910 or e-mail

Photos will be copied and returned to you. All money received from the project will go to an area charity. The Lower Tyrone Men will not keep any money made from the project.

The first annual Health/Fitness Fair and Youth Olympics will presented by Next Evolution MMA & Fitness. This two-day event will be held Aug. 24 and 25 at East Park in Connellsville. It will feature youth and teen events, vendors, musical guests, guest speakers and many other activities. There will be two featured tournaments: an adult kickball tournament and a teen 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The final event of the weekend will be a giant water balloon fight.

Sponsors are being sought and donations are welcome to make this event a great success. Next Evolution looks forward to making this an annual event and to grow to an even bigger event.

Vendors, speakers and anyone else interested in helping out are needed for this great event.

All events are free to register for children ages 5-18 and will be broken down into age brackets. The only exceptions are the adult kickball and teen 3v3 basketball tournaments.

Registration is open for the Adult kick ball tournament for ages 18 and older — teams are to be 10 people with at least three females. Registration fee for each team is $200 or $20 a player. This tournament is limited to the first eight teams.

Registration is open for the Teen 3 on 3 basketball tournament for ages 13 to 17. Teams are to be made up of three people. Registration fee for each team is $45 or $15 a player. This tournament is limited to the first 16 teams.

Event registration forms are now available for the individual events of frisbee throws, baseball throws, long distance runs, dashes, long jump, potato sack race, pull-ups, push-ups, four-way soccer game, three-legged race, flag tag and tug-of-war. These events are free to register and compete in.

Vendor fees are $75 for merchant vendors, $50 for nonprofit organizations, $25 for churches and $125 for food vendors. These are 10-foot by 10 foot spaces and are limited. This price includes both Aug. 24 and 25.

For tournament registration forms, event registration forms or vendor contracts, call 724-963-0180 or 724-425-6028 or visit

If you have an item for this column, give me a call at 724-529-7927 or email at or drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428 by 6 p.m. Tuesday so I may prepare my column for the following week.

Take time to enjoy the summer weather and have a great week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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