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Westmoreland Fair blends old, new

| Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
MARILYN FORBES I FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
2012 Westmoreland Fair queen Rachel Sheffler of New Alexandria shows the program schedule for the fair that offers daily attractions and activities.

It's referred to as a timeless tradition for a good reason, as the Westmoreland Fair offers an abundance of entertainment and fun, while stressing the importance of education.

The annual fair will run now through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township and will feature indoor exhibits, livestock, amusements, games and food while taking strides to inform the public on the importance of why agriculture is such a necessary part of our economy.

“Agriculture is important, and it truly amazed me how when I went around to schools, that so many children thought that milk just came from a store,” 2012 Westmoreland Fair queen Rachel Sheffler said. “The fair is a great way to educate people on the importance of agriculture and what farmers do and how they do it.”

The fair will feature daily entertainment, offering a nice blend of old favorites and new attractions.

“We are bringing back some of the crowd favorites while also introducing some new things this year,” said fair board of directors president Craig Lash. “We hope to see nice crowds again this year who come out to see what we have to offer.”

In addition to the free events and entertainment, the fair will offer events in the People's Natural Gas Grandstand arena that will include demolition derbies, Bull Ride Mania, farm stock tractor pulls and Pro stock/super stock pulls.

“The indoor exhibits are slightly up this year and the livestock is about the same,” fair entry secretary Leanna Landy said. “However, the poultry has more then doubled. We will have well over 300 chickens.”

Landy added that baked goods and vegetables looked plentiful as well, and there were almost 20 entries in the scarecrow division.

Daily events offered will be the petting zoo and camel rides, magician and balloon animal creator Dennie Huber, Wambold's circus, hand spinning and shearing demonstrations, bee exhibits and the 4-H butterfly house.

Gate prices for the week will remain the same as last year at $7, which includes parking, amusements, rides and admission to all commercial and agricultural exhibits. Children younger than 2 will be admitted for free.

Early bird admission will be $3 per person for those who arrive before 2 p.m., but that price does not include rides. There will be no early bird admissions on Thursday and Saturday.

The gates will be open from 10 a.m to 11 p.m. until the fair closes Saturday.

Weeklong passes also are available.

A full schedule of events can be found on the website at www.westmorelandfair.com or for information call 724-423-5005.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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