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March 14, 2014

Crawford County Fair ups entry fee by $3

Fee now includes all-day ride pass

MEADVILLE — Though it will cost $3 more to go to the 2014 Crawford County Fair, an all-day amusement ride pass is now included in the entry fee.

This year, the gate fee is $8 for everyone above 5 years of age. Last year, the gate fee was $5 per person, age 12 and up, while ride-a-rama, a daily pass for the amusement rides, was an additional $20.

The fair board still will have two senior citizens days with free admittance until 5 p.m. — Aug. 18 and Aug. 20 — for those age 65 and older with proof of age.

For 2014, those wanting a weekly pass will pay $25 — up $5 from $20 in 2013. The weekly pass fee doesn’t include amusement rides.

The exhibitor and concessionaire weekly passes remain at $15 for 2014 and also don’t include amusement rides.

At its annual meeting in December, the Crawford County Fair Board voted to include the rides in the entry fee and pay a flat fee to the amusement company rather than use a percentage based fee.

This year, the fair board opted to have a new amusement company, Midway Rides of Utica, N.Y., provide the rides. Midway Rides has more than 30 years experience in the amusement business. Regionally, it provides the amusement rides for the Waterford Fair and the Lawrence County Fair.

Asked what the contract price was for Midway Rides, the Tribune was told Thursday a contract between the fair board and Midway wasn’t available.

Diana Perry, the fair board’s treasurer, said the gate fee does include numerous free events taking place during the eight-day fair, which runs Aug. 16 through 23.

“We’ve got Miss Crawford County Fair Pageant, professional wrestling, a schedule of harness racing, a giant sundae, one of the music concerts at the grandstand — all free and part of the admission,” Perry said. “There’s also free music on the small stage, free demonstrations during the fair and other events.”

The 2014 Crawford County Fair kicks off Aug. 16 with free professional wrestling by Mad Mar Entertainment in the Youth Show Arena. The auction of baked goods takes place Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the small free stage.

Aug. 17 free events include church services held at 9 a.m. by New Beginnings Church of God in the Youth Show Arena; a free car show held in the grandstand infield from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Ag Hall of Fame and Ag Industry Awards at the Youth Show Arena at 2 p.m.; and the Crawford County Fair Queen Pageant in the grandstand at 7 p.m.

A free circus will have two shows daily Aug. 18 through 22 and three shows on Aug. 23. Harness racing is free daily Aug. 18 through 21 from noon to 2 p.m. each day.

There will be free musical programs on the small stage during fair week plus a free grandstand concert featuring Chris Higbee on Aug. 16.

Daily horse events take place in both the horse and pony ring and the draft horse ring beginning Aug. 18 plus demonstrations in the livestock area.

There will be free demonstrations originating in the Family Living Department each day at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of fair week, taking place on the small stage or the Exhibit Building Annex.

There are various demonstrations at 3 p.m., including honey demonstration at the office pavilion on Aug. 17; horse and pony game classes on Aug. 18; Master Gardeners’ demonstration on Aug. 19; 4-H poultry demonstration on Aug. 20; and 4-H rabbit demonstration on Aug. 21.

There are other demonstrations including a sheep demonstration on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. and a swine and a goat demonstration on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.

 The draft horse pull is Aug. 22 at noon in front of the grandstand while the miniature horses pull is Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. inside the Youth Show Arena.

A full schedule of events will be published at crawfordcountyfairpa.com.

2014 Crawford County Fair

The Crawford County Fair is Aug. 16 through 23 at the fairgrounds outside of Meadville, off Dickson Road in West Mead Township. For more information on the Crawford County Fair, visit crawfordcountyfairpa.com.

Did you know?

According to its official Facebook page, the Crawford County Fair is expected to announce its first concert for 2014 on March 28.

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