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Westmoreland Fair includes traditions old, new

| Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

County fairs are creatures of tradition, but popular features have to start somewhere.

Take mud bog racing. It was such a hit in 2007, it is making its dirty return to the Westmoreland Fair , which runs Friday through Aug. 23 at the fairgrounds near Mutual.

"You get a group of guys who want to run their trucks through the mud and not get stuck," says fair secretary Michelle Long. "It went over so well last year, we decided to give it another run this year."

The mud bog race, scheduled for Tuesday, will be part of the motorized arena events that have come to be as strong a part of fair life as judging of horses, dairy cattle and sheep.

Besides the bog bash, there also will be motocross racing, tractor and four-wheel-drive power pulls, and demolition and bus derbies.

But Long talks with the most excitement about the mud maneuvers. Holes will be dug in the track, she explains, and then filled with dirt and water to create the mud that will claim the less powerful and less skillfully driven machines.

The event is open to stock vehicles with a limit of 33-inch wheels, four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as other levels of street-legal machines, diesel vehicles and an open category.

While the event is open to that range of vehicles and any driver, Long notes that there are rules that apply, such as the need for towing hooks, brakes and a reverse gear.

Plus, she says, "any driver showing off before, during or after the race will be disqualified."

Long also points out that drivers can enter up to the day of the event.

Besides the dirt drama, the fair also will present four days of the Magic of Virgil, a magician from the Syracuse, N.Y., area who has performed in England, Russia and Bermuda.

He will be doing three shows a day, but, because he is not arriving until Wednesday, the site will be used for regional performers until then.

"We were pleased to have the Magic of Virgil here, but when he couldn't come until Wednesday, we wanted to make sure the stage was used for something else," Long says.

Saturday will feature the Young Brothers and North America Karate schools, and the Noreen Price Enterprise Entertainment Review and Karaoke show. Sunday, the Noreen Price show will be joined by the Mount Pleasant Midget Cheerleaders, the HEA Black Belt Academy and Stage Right performers.

Monday, Elaini Arthur and the Noreen Price show will share the stage, and Tuesday will feature the Noreen Price act and Dance Dynamics.


Westmoreland Fair

When: 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Aug. 23

Admission: $7; $3 before 2 p.m. except Aug. 21 and 23; free for children younger than 3. Weekly passes are $5-$15 and do not include rides or grandstand arena events. Arena events are $5; $3 for ages 3-12.

Where: Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township

Details: 724-423-5005


Entertainment schedule

The Westmoreland County Fair offers more than animal judging. Daily activities include Hedrick's Pig Racing Show, magician and balloon artist Dennie Huber, and carnival rides.

The entertainment schedule includes:

FRIDAY

Opening day special, $4 admission

7 p.m. -- Westmoreland Fair Queen Contest, Show Arena, free

8 p.m. -- Motocross Racing, Grandstand Arena

SATURDAY

Armed Forces Day, free admission with military I.D.

Noon-4 p.m. -- Car show

7 p.m. -- Kourtney Jean and Stampede Band, Show Arena, free

7:30 p.m. -- Motocross Racing, Grandstand Arena

SUNDAY

7 p.m. -- Concrete Cowboy Band, Show Arena, free

7 p.m. -- Demolition Derby and Bus Derby, Grandstand Arena

MONDAY

8 p.m. -- Compact Derby, Truck Derby and Compact Powder Puff Derby, Grandstand Arena

TUESDAY

7 p.m. -- Kiger Band, Show Arena, free

8 p.m. -- Mud Bog Racing -- Truck and Quads, Grandstand Arena

WEDNESDAY

Senior Day, $3 admission for age 55 and older

3 p.m. -- Spectacular Senior Show, Mon Valley Cloggers, Show Arena, free

7 p.m. -- Kellie Lynne Band, Show Arena, free

7:30 p.m. -- Figure 8 Derby and Mini Van Derby, Grandstand Arena

AUG. 21

Family Day, $6 admission, 1-11 p.m.

7:30 p.m. -- 4x4 Truck Pull, Grandstand Arena

AUG. 22

7:30 p.m. -- Superstock 4x4 Truck, Limited Pro/Super Farm Tractors, Hot Rod Semi Trucks, Farm Stock Tractors, Road Semis & Tri Axles (sanctioned and non-sanctioned), Grandstand Arena

AUG. 23

7 p.m. -- Saddle Up Band, Show Arena, free

7:30 p.m. -- Demolition Derby and Powder Puff Derby, Grandstand Arena

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