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August 1, 2013

Cochranton invites you to its 85th annual fair

COCHRANTON — Clark Duncan has been involved with the Cochranton Community Fair for more than a quarter-century for a simple reason.

“I wanted a nice quiet place for my kids to show cows,” said Duncan, who has served as president of the fair for more than the last 20 years.

He stays involved for another simple reason.

“We’ve got a great core group (of people) who work together,” he said. “We want to be able to keep it going and pass it on to others.”

The 85th annual Cochranton Community Fair runs Monday through Aug. 10 at the fairgrounds off River Street in the borough. While Monday is the official day to enter exhibits, the traditional kickoff of the fair is the Vesper, or prayer service, Sunday night at 7:30 at the stage at the fairgrounds.

“It’s just a nice and safe place to bring the kids,” said Johanna Schneider, secretary for the fair. “It’s also one of the few fairs left with free admission to everything. We’ll attract about 8,000 people over the course of the week.”

Schneider has been active on the board of the Cochranton Fair since the mid-1980s. She approached the fair board in 1985 about setting up a food booth to fund raise for her church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Cochranton. The church had been destroyed by a tornado May 31, 1985.

Like Duncan, Schneider said she hopes the fair sparks interest in agriculture among the younger generations.

“It’s a good educational tool for the young,” she said. “Kids in 4-H and others learn how to do things to care for their animals.”

“We want to inspire the next generation because we still have a lot of dairy and beef farms in our area,” she said.

Duncan said the fair also helps out the community as a whole, too.

“It serves as the biggest fund raiser of the year for a lot of (non-profit) organizations in town,” Duncan said.

The fair also serves as a homecoming for the community, he said.

“A lot of people come home to Cochranton during the week to visit their families,” he said.


Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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