Meadville Tribune

August 29, 2013

Spartansburg ready for 92nd annual fair

By Konstantine Fekos
Meadville Tribune

SPARTANSBURG — Board members for the 92nd annual Spartansburg Fair are excited to see people pour into the fairgrounds for this year’s new attractions as well as traditional crowd favorites.

The fair will run from Sunday to Sept. 7 at the fairgrounds by Jefferson Street in Spartansburg.

Northwest Truck & Tractor Pullers will bring a truck pull to the fair, a brand new event scheduled just months ago, according to Roger Stranahan, fair secretary.

“We’re pretty optimistic about it; hoping for a lot of entries,” he said. “We scheduled it for Wednesday.”

As a result, the horse pull was moved to Monday, giving the fair an early start for popular events, including the presentation and crowning of the 2013 Spartansburg Fair Queen and Princess that evening.

“That’s a big event,” Stranahan said. “We won’t even schedule any entertainment that night because it’s so well-attended. A lot of people will enjoy that day.”

Live music will instead run from Tuesday to Saturday, featuring bands like The Earthquakers, Leather & Lace and the Dixie Doodlers, all new to the Spartansburg Fair.

Returning bands Dottie Morgan & Revolving Door and Loose Change are set to finish off fair week with performances on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

“We think they will be eye-openers,” Stranahan said of the first-time fair acts. “We’ve had the last two bands before. They were well-received and we’re glad to have them back.”

Whether local families and visitors are coming for exhibits or entertainment, fair officers say the event is simply “tremendous.”

“It’s a lot of fun, said Ron Reed of the parade committee. “We hope it’s big success and I think it will be.”

Reed has spent 15 years working with an all-volunteer fair staff he calls “a bunch of super people to work with. We all get along and enjoy ourselves.”

That even goes for John Hajec, the fair’s new president, who plans to upgrade sections of the fairgrounds.

“We’ve already made several improvements,” he said. “We replaced the cattle barn roof and laid some cement. We plan to continue doing new projects next year.”

Hajec agreed his fellow board members make a cooperative crew and hopes their efforts will be recognized by fair attendees.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

Schedule of events

A full schedule of events at the 92nd annual Spartansburg Community Fair is available online at Brochures are available at the Crawford County Courthouse. The fair will run from Sunday to Sept. 7 at the fairgrounds by Jefferson Street in Spartansburg. A list of events includes:

--Sunday — annual open horse show at 9 a.m.; Spartansburg Futurity at 1 p.m.; entry of all exhibits from 1 to 7 p.m.; Vesper service at 7 p.m.

-Monday — ATV Rodeo at 9 a.m. (sign-up at 8); judging of homeshow exhibits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; horse pull at 1 p.m.; 24th annual 5K race/walk at 5 p.m. (registration 2 to 4:30); presentation of contestants and crowning of 2013 Spartansburg Fair Queen and Princess at 8 p.m.

-Tuesday — parade entries 6 to 9 p.m.; garden tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. (registration at 5); entertainment by The Earthquakers from 7 to 10 p.m.

-Wednesday — parade entries from 6 to 9 p.m.; truck pull at 7 p.m.; entertainment by Leather & Lace from 8 to 10 p.m.

-Thursday — senior citizen king and queen contest at 1 p.m.; antique tractor pull at 7 p.m. (weigh-in 4:30 to 6:30); entertainment by the Dixie Doodlers at 8 p.m.

-Sept. 6 — antique tractor pull at 7 p.m. (weigh-in 4:30 to 6:30); entertainment by Dottie Morgan & Revolving Door 8 to 9 and 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

-Sept. 7 — parade at 11 a.m.; announcement of parade winners at 2 p.m.; demolition derby at 5 p.m.; entertainment by Loose Change at 8 and 10 p.m.; fireworks at 11:15 p.m.