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Cookport Fair offers week of fun

by on September 07, 2013 10:40 AM

Closing up fair season in Indiana County, the 96th Cookport Fair will begin Monday and continue through Sept. 14.

This historical, agricultural fair is “six fun-filled days of good old-fashioned family fun,” according to its website.

Admission for the fair is $4, and children under the age of 12 enter for free. In addition, there is no charge for parking during the event. It is held at the corner of Route 240 and Cookport Road.

Big contests during the fair include the angel food cake contest; the antique tractor contest, for tractors dating from before 1960; the blue ribbon apple pie contest; the fiddle contest; and the garden tractor pull. Kids can also participate in the pedal power tractor pull, for those between ages 3 and 10.

New to the fair this year is the decorated broom contest, in which contestants can create a character or animal to enter. The broom can be decorated with scarves, hats, string, maps, vines, leaves, sunglasses, pinecones, felt cutouts, buttons and more, according to the website, but no modern, mechanical or electronic devices are permitted. Broom entries cost $2, with the chance to win $20, $15 or $8 for first, second and third place respectively.

Entries for horticulture and hand-crafted display items will be received beginning Monday at 10 a.m. Christmas trees will be received beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday as well.

Entertainment for this year includes performances by area high school bands, including the Northern Cambria High School Band on Monday, the Penns Manor High School Drum Corps on Tuesday, the Marion Center High School Band on Wednesday and the Purchase Line Red Dragon Band on Friday. Also performing throughout the week are Big Tiny Young, Jammin’ Jim, the Ole 97 Band, The Boomers, and Diamonds in the Rough.

This year, the fair is home to a new equestrian arena, completed in June, according to the Cookport Fair website. It can host barrel racing, English racing, a horse clinic, horse pulls, livestock shows, rodeos, 4-H ring practice and more.

A basket auction that supports the Cookport Fair’s Education Scholarship program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday on the main stage. The scholarship program awards two students $500. In addition, a baked-goods auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the main stage.

“The proceeds from the auction will go to an individual or family in the community who is facing hardship or has been stricken with a serious ailment,” the website says.

Amusements during the event are by Tropical Amusements of Riverview, Fla.



Schedule of events for the Cookport Fair:


7 p.m.: Community worship service. Special music by Cookport Community Choir and New Life Lutheran Church Choir


• 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Beginning exhibit entries

• 6:30 p.m.: Terry Lee Spencer, midway stage

• 7 p.m.: Northern Cambria High School band, fair circle; garden tractor pull/dead sled, track

• 7:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young Show, main stage


• 8 a.m.: Judging of all exhibits

• 9 a.m.: Horse show judging, exhibit building; rabbit show, barn

• 4 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 5:30 p.m.: Baked goods auction, main stage

• 6 p.m.: Twirl-A-Rama: Local area majorettes perform, fair circle; dairy cattle judging

• 6:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young Show, main stage

• 7 p.m.: Class I tractor pull, 6,000 pounds, track

• 8 p.m.: Conniptions, main stage

• 8:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage


• 4:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 6:30 p.m.: Beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine judging, barn ; Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 7 p.m.: Marion Center High School band, fair circle

• 7:30 p.m.: Gospel groups: Mercy’s Vessel & The Masters, main stage; log-sawing contest, track

• 8 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage


Senior citizens $3 admission until 4 p.m.

• Noon: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 1 p.m.: Twolick Valley Choir, main stage

• 2 p.m.: Luckenbach Penna Pickers, main stage

• 2:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 4 p.m.: Simple Pleasures, main stage

• 6:30 p.m.: Premier showmanship contest, main barn

• 7 p.m.: Penns Manor High School band, fair circle; Jammin’ Jim (karaoke contest), midway stage; Class II tractor pull, 8,000 pounds, track

• 7:30 p.m.: Basket auction for fair scholarship fund, main stage

• 8 p.m.: Johnny Cash tribute-Ole 97 Band, main stage


Children 18 and under free until 6 p.m. /rides reduced until 6 p.m.

• 11 a.m.: Pet parade (children 16 and under), fair circle

• Noon: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 2-4 p.m.: Clowns Rootie Toot and Toot-Sweet, fairgrounds

• 2 and 3:30 p.m.: Purchase Line High School band, fair circle

• 4: p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 6 p.m.: Kiddies prize drawing (must be 12 or younger)

• 6:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

• 7:30 p.m.: The Boomers, main stage

• 7:30 p.m.: Horse-pulling contest (light and heavy), track

• 8:30 p.m.: Big Tiny Young, midway stage

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