The signs that summer is winding down are already there.
Back-to-school supplies are taking center stage in store displays.
The AAABA Tournament is around the corner.
And fair season is in full swing.
The Bedford County Fair wrapped up Saturday, but the yearly celebrations are still ahead for those of us in Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties.
The county fair is a time-honored tradition, and it’s one that we believe showcases the best of what our region has to offer.
-- Agriculture – The fairs are celebrations of an industry that is vital to our region. From prize-winning beef cattle to mind-blowing pumpkins to antique farm equipment, the fair is a tribute to those who are everything agricultural. Even if you don’t know a Holstein from a black angus, or an acorn squash from a butternut squash, there’s something that everyone can enjoy in this area.
-- Food – Our region does food very well. Maybe a little too well, according to recent reports on obesity, and that’s evident from the fare available at our local fairs. Sure, there are plenty of out-of-town vendors serving up carnival food at each one, but there also are local people dishing out haluski, pierogi, gobs and all of the other ethnic foods for which our region is famous.
-- People – One of the great attractions of the county fair is as simple as it gets: The familiar faces. While entertainment options abound, one of the things we like best is seeing people we haven’t seen in a year or more. While hometown festivals often serve this same purpose, most of us got to know people from outside of our little communities when we were growing up, and heading back to the county fair, especially if we’ve moved to a different county, can serve as a homecoming.
And those are just part of the fun. There are plenty of entertainment options. Carnival style rides and games are a favorite with the youngsters. Anything on wheels can pack a grandstand, from monster trucks to tractor pulls to demolition derbies. Rodeos are also becoming increasingly popular while musical acts run the gamut, from Christian to rock to country, including superstar Dustin Lynch at the Cambria County Fair on Sept. 2.
There really is some-thing for everyone at the county fair. So get out, support our local farmers, our counties and our people.
Fun at the fair
Somerset County Fair
When: Aug. 17-24.
Indiana County Fair
When: Aug. 25-31.
Cambria County Fair
When: Sept. 1-7.