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Fayette County Fair celebrates 60th anniversary

Celeste Van Kirk | Trib Total Media
Vincent Geronino (from left), Mamie Bohay and Rick Elliott, all of Florida, clean their booth, Jill's Diner, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Opening of the 60th annual Fayette County Fair begins today, Thursday, July 24, 2014 and continues through Aug. 2 at the fairgrounds in Dunbar Township. Regular admission after 4 p.m. is $13. Early bird admission can be purchased at the gate upon entering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; no early bird on Saturdays and Sundays as well as today, Thursday, July 24.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

The 60th annual Fayette County Fair officially kicked off today — another year that will continue to live up to this year's theme, “Treasure The Memories.”

Events include the opening ceremony at the 4-H Youth Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Firemen's Parade at 7 p.m.

Also at 7, 4-H members will hold part one of their annual dog show in the 4-H Youth Building; the Croushore's Championship Demolition Derby will take place in the Chevron Outdoor Arena; and comedian/hypnotist Mike Bishop will perform one of many shows on the United Bank Stage.

Then, at 7:30 on the Lady Luck Stage, The Swon Brothers, an up-and-coming act featured on the hit television show “The Voice,” will make its debut.

The band's song “Later On” has been featured on Froggy Radio.

Fayette County Fair Board President Bill Jackson said those attending this year's fair will notice there have been repairs and upgrades made to the fairgrounds. Those improvements include air conditioning and restroom renovations in the Fiddlers Building and improvements at the 4-H Building and the Chevron Outdoor Arena.

One thing that won't change this year, though, is the price to get into the fair.

“The admission will stay the same at $13,” Jackson said.

Admission to the fair includes all shows, music acts and the carnival, which will open at 6 p.m. today.

Those attending will have the option to take advantage of free-entry days with either a church bulletin or canned food donations or the early bird tickets before 4 p.m. for $11 during Sunday and the weekdays.

To try and attract more visitors, fair planners said they will use traditional and social media to get the word out. Online advertising will be used, and a Facebook page has been started.

“We encourage you to ‘like' us on Facebook and engage in our Facebook page,” said Melanie Querry, president of Beyond Spots and Dots, the fair's marketing firm. “There will be heavy postings on the Facebook page.”

New this year to the fair will be “The Return,” a Beatles tribute band; singer Abacus Jones opening for The Clarks; an antique tractor show; and El Gleno Grande, which is a one-man act that Jackson said is a “very, very unique show, but hilarious.”

Favorites returning this year include Pigs Gone Wild Racing Pigs; fireworks; fair queen contest; demolition derby; monster truck races; Boys & Bulls Rodeo; The Fabulous Hubcaps; senior citizens contest; and 25th anniversary of the apple pie contest.

The fair will run through Aug. 2.

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Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or

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