CLEARFIELD – The 147th Clearfield County Fair kicks off July 29 with the Amateur Idol Duet Contest at 12:30 p.m. at the main stage.
Registrations for the contest will continue to be accepted until July 20. Sara Elling, reigning fair queen, will pass her crown to one talented young lady at the fair queen contest, which begins at 3 p.m. Admission to the fairgrounds on Sunday remains free as in past years.
A change in gate admission was made for this year to include all-day access to mechanical rides for $6. Last year gate admission was $3 and special pay-one-price ride days were offered, such as Kids’ Day, at an extra cost of $12. The change in the gate structure benefits fairgoers who ride by a savings of $9 over last year. For those who do not wish to ride, an advance gate pass booklet can be purchased until July 29 for $15. The booklet contains five gate only admission coupons that can be torn out, making it ideal for a group to purchase the pass together and then divide up the coupons. Grandstand/bleacher seating for the Fireman’s Parade (July 30) and horse pull (Aug. 3) are also now included with gate admission.
The carnival will fully open on Monday, July 30, at 4 p.m. Only a portion of the rides will be set up and open prior to this time.
Bates Bros. Amusements, in operation for over 40 years, will provide the midway rides. Bates Brothers provides clean family entertainment to over 40 festivals, fairs and events throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to have a reputable company such as Bates come to Clearfield and provide such quality rides and service” stated Brenda Hunter, publicity director.
Kids’ day will still be held on the Tuesday of the fair (July 31) beginning with a show by Marvel Comics at the main stage. Comcast Spotlight and Pepsi will give away prize packs. Comcast will also be giving away balloons and have a spinning wheel game. Kids can also check out the new firefighter training show, which is educational as well as entertaining.
On the David H. Litz Grove Stage, Aaron Kelly, a 14-year-old legend in the making, performs at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. His ability to project his feeling and emotions through his voice is an amazing quality that will “reel-in” fans of all ages.
Gate times are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Tuesday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Parking remains at $3.
Concert tickets for Doobie Brothers, Sugarland, Quiet Riot/Skid Row and Meatloaf are on sale by calling 765-1749 or visiting the ticket window at the fair grounds.
For a full schedule of events, visit the official Clearfield County Fair Web site.