Cochranton fair parade

Parade-goers grab candy from the street as tractors from the French Creek Valley Antique Equipment Club make their way up Adams Street during the annual Cochranton Community Fair Parade on Wednesday evening.

COCHRANTON — Things are moving right along at the Cochranton Community Fair. After the ever popular parade celebrated "Growing Our Futures" on Wednesday, the fair continues with more livestock shows, activities, bands and of course, fireworks.

At 6 p.m. today, the junior and open cattle show begins, allowing a peek into the agricultural pride of many local farmers. At 6:30, the kids goat milking competition begins for those who can't get enough lactose in their diets. At 7, the people pull puts local residents' strength to the test. Also at 7, the band Chaz will take the fair stage.

On Friday, the woodsman's contest, not unlike the Game of Logging at the Crawford County Fair, puts loggers in competition with chainsaw cutting and axe-throwing among the events, starting at 6 p.m. At 7:30, The Bitter Past, a band from Meadville, will perform a mix of blues, country and classic rock tunes.

Saturday closes out the fair, starting with a horse show at 10 a.m. A pedal tractor pull for kids ages 4 to 12 will help the kids work up a sweat just in time for the kids water battle behind the Fireman’s Cook Building. The water battle is hosted by the Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department and is permitted for ages 5 and older.

A little more horsepower than the pedal tractors, the garden tractor pull will challenge engines at 5 p.m. The band Ruckus will rock the stage at 7, and the home show exhibits are scheduled to be picked up between 8 and 9:30. Then, at dusk, the fireworks begin.

Also on Saturday, but not technically a part of the fair, the Cochranton Junior-Senior High School boys volleyball team hosts grass volleyball tournaments just across the footbridge going toward the high school building. Now in its second year, the tournament begins with the adult division at 9 a.m., and the high school division gets going at 3 p.m. All the proceeds support the volleyball team.

Now in its 91st year, the Cochranton Community Fair lives up to its name for reuniting friends and neighbors throughout the area, according to Cochranton Mayor Mark Roche.

"It’s an opportunity for us to get together as a community," Roche said. "The community was surrounded by lots of family farms, and this was an opportunity for them to show the kind of things they did on their farms to the city people. That’s kind of part of the tradition that goes on."

Local organizations also set up food booths that open in the afternoon, and there are rides and exhibits to showcase the hard work and history of the borough. Roche also said it helps agriculturally-focused focus gear up for the much-larger Crawford County Fair.

"It also serves as a fundraiser for local churches and the community and the fire department to raise a little bit of money to do the activities they do in the community throughout the year," Roche said.

Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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