Cambria County fair to open

Event marks 127th year

Empty carnival attractions lined a mostly vacant midway Friday morning on Cambria County’s fairgrounds in Ebensburg.

By Sunday, fair organizers anticipate the same area will be filled with hundreds of visitors.

It will be the first day of the weeklong American Legion County Fair, formerly known as the Cambria County Fair.

This year marks the 127th annual event on the fairgrounds and the 72nd year that it will be hosted by the American Legion, fair President Philip Rice said.

The name change came last year.

“No one knew that the Legion was supporting it and putting it on,” Rice said, explaining the fair received no county funding.

Rides, games and food stands — both local and traveling — stood on the fairgrounds Friday.

And circus acts, rodeo competitions and demolition derbies are planned, Price said.

That includes two new additions this year, he said, noting that there will be a demolition derby that features solely minivans and another that features children’s Power Wheels.

“I would like to see as many minivans destroyed as possible,” he said.

Also new to the fair will be helicopter rides, and returning will be “mutton busting,” which will allow qualifying children to test their rodeo skills atop sheep.

Price also highlighted a

7 p.m. Monday night concert, which will feature Dylan Scott, a rising country star whose hit song “Hooked” is ranked on the Billboard Country Music chart.

But the fair has roots in agriculture, and the judging of produce, livestock and craft work is a mainstay, Rice said.

Inside an agriculture building, Mary Perez said more than 4,000 items have been submitted for judging this year. They include vegetables, fruits, beer, wine and many other items, she said.

Judges get especially excited about the alcohol categories, Perez said.

“I’m sure they love that one,” she said.

On average, 35,000 to 40,000 visitors attend the fair each year.

The goal is to grow that number, Rice said.

“We are always obviously looking to get more,” he said.

There is an admission charge of $8 per person to gain entry to the fairgrounds each day, except for on Tuesday when the price is reduced to $5, Rice said.

Some attractions, including helicopter rides, come at an extra charge, he said.

A full schedule of events can be seen online at www.cambriacountyfair.com.

COMMENTS