CLEARFIELD – The 154th Clearfield County Fair will have a few schedule changes from previous years, according to Brenda Morgan, public relations and marketing director.
Harness Racing will be held Sunday through Wednesday. As a result, the Fair Queen contest will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday and the Truck and Tractor Pull will be held Wednesday night, said Morgan.
Also, she said there will be a $1 gate admission on Sunday for ages 4 years and older; parking will remain free on Sunday. A portion of the gate admission, she said, will be given to one (or more) charitable organizations in Clearfield County.
Morgan said organizations are encouraged to send a letter of interest to the fair office, stating their mission, how they assist the community and how partnering with the fair would be beneficial to both organizations. The organization, she said, must have a 501(c)3 designation and be headquartered in Clearfield County. Their 501(c)3 number must also be provided.
Letters of interest can be sent to Greg Hallstrom, Clearfield Fair & Park Board, P.O. Box 712, Clearfield, PA 16830. Letters must be postmarked by June 27.
Morgan said concert tickets and advance gate passes are now on sale via the official fair Web site, www.clearfieldcountyfair.com. All concert tickets purchased by April 16 will include free gate admission. Concert tickets purchased after that date will require a separate gate pass.
Grandstand entertainment this year includes the country band, Florida Georgia Line; rock group, Halestorm; and classic country band, The Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Lee Greenwood. Saturday night’s entertainment has not yet been announced, she said.
Entry forms for the Fair Queen contest are now being accepted, said Morgan. Forms can be printed from the fair Web site or can be requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry forms are due by June 9.
Contestants must be at least 16 years of age and not older than 20 years of age by June 1. They must be a female who is a U.S. citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania. They must also be single, never married, have had no children, be willing to participate in fundraising events for charity and feel comfortable around livestock.
The contest consists of an essay that’s 300 words or less on what the fair means to the community, a speech on why you should attend the fair and a personal interview.
The Fair Queen program, Morgan said, is more than just fair week. She said it provides young ladies with an opportunity to enhance their speaking, writing and interview skills, as well as to meet public officials and learn about agriculture.
The program, she added, encourages community involvement by raising funds for charity, speaking engagements at area organizations and appearances at area events. The first contestant meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 10 at the Expo II Building at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds.
Ladies who are interested but yet undecided are encouraged to attend the first contestant meeting to learn more about the contest and the program. More information and rules can also be found on the fair Web site, said Morgan.
The Clearfield County Fair will be held July 27 – Aug. 2.