Comedian Jeff Dunham, Rocker Bret Michaels Slated for Clearfield County Fair

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CLEARFIELD – The very talented comedian who will have fairgoers in stitches on Saturday, August 7th is none other than Jeff Dunham and his partners, Walter the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling NASCAR loving redneck Bubba J; the funny and manic Peanut; Jose Jalapeno, the spicy pepper from south of the border; and the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

Friday, August 6th, features rocker Bret Michaels. As the frontman for Poison for the last two decades, Michaels has sold 25 million records. He has set his musical sights beyond Poison and released a debut solo album “Songs of Life” in 2003, “Freedom of Sound” in 2005, and “Rock My World” in 2008, which features a collection of solo songs that have been featured on the “Rock of Love” television series.

Celebration of the 150th Clearfield County Fair will begin Monday, August 2nd, with the Fireman’s Parade and Fireworks by R&R Fireworks. Tuesday, oldies favorite The Beach Boys will perform; Wednesday, rock legend ZZ Top will make their first appearance in Clearfield County; Thursday will feature Full Pull Productions Truck & Tractor Pull; and The Hell Drivers will return Saturday afternoon to thrill those of all ages with car stunts and more. A limited time special will include gate admission with advance purchase of any concert ticket (motor sport events excluded). On-line sales of reserved seating tickets for all the Grandstand Shows are projected to be available at the fair’s official website, in March.

One of the greatest midways in Clearfield County Fair history is also returning. Reithoffer Shows made their debut in Clearfield in 1980. Their last apperance was in 1992. Reithoffer Shows is the innovator when it comes to spectacular rides and attractions. They will bring a dazzingling array of things you have never seen in this area. Rides such as the Tornado, Dutch Wheel, Speed, and Full Tilt are just a few of the spectacular and thrill rides chosen by the Directors that will be on the midway. Photos of the rides and more information on Reithoffer Shows can be found on their website All day access to mechanical rides is free with paid gate admission (ages 4 & over).

The Expo II Plaza, also free with gate admission, will feature new & returning entertainment this year, Buffo the World’s Strongest Clown – not your ordinary clown, returns after a long absence at the fair. This gentle giant weighs in at over 200 pounds and has biceps that are bigger than most men’s thighs. He juggles bowling balls as well as hatchets, meat cleavers, fire and chain saws – as long as they’re not turned on! He rips telephone books in half and balances extension ladders and children sitting in chairs on his face. He makes animals appear and disappear and escapes from chains, ropes, handcuffs and a strait jacket. He even has a little dog that does almost as many tricks as he does!

Bring the kids and make a lasting memory at the First Bite Fishing Tank where they can learn how to handle different species of fish; learn how to handle different species of live bait; and overcome their fears of fish and bait. All fish are returned safely to the tank.

Now imagine the world of antic sounds and vibrant colors of exotic plants, palm trees, and animals.  Families will travel through a rainforest as their tour guide Bixby takes them on a magical journey!  Families will experience the excitement of a unique blend of magic, audience participation, sing-a-long and a menagerie of exotic animal interaction, all the while Bixby brings awareness on conservation and preservation of the rainforest.

The David H. Litz Grove Stage will feature a variety of entertainment throughout the week including the local favorite The Moore Brothers, Ryan Pelton, Tribute to Elvis Presley, and 11-year old singing sensation Eva Blankenhorn, you have to hear her to believe how sensational she is. Eva will also be performing during the 2nd Queen for a Day program.

Harness Racing will take center stage on the half mile track in front of the grandstand Monday through Thursday at Noon. All the Expo II Plaza activities, Grove Stage Entertainment, Harness Racing, spectacular rides, plus the livestock, agriculture and grange exhibits; photography and art exhibits, a kid’s day show on Tuesday, and commercial exhibits are all free with a paid gate admission of $8 (ages 4 and over). Children under 4 are admitted free. A separate ride pass may be purchased if those under age 4 wish to ride.  For those who do not wish to ride but still want to take in all the other free activities, an advance walk-around pass will be made available prior to the fair for only $5 (while supplies last). Also to be made available is a $7 ride pass that also includes all the free activities.

Kid’s Day will be held on Tuesday with a special show at 10 am in the grandstand. Also be sure to sign up that day for the kid’s pedal tractor pull. Senior Citizen’s Day will be held on Thursday. Seniors will receive free admission all day with proof of ID. And for the first time, Military Day will be held on Friday. Active Duty military personnel will receive free admission on that day. Military ID must be shown.

The Directors are working hard to ensure the 150th Clearfield County Fair is enjoyable for all. They thank all the volunteers, past-directors, the community and all the fair-goers for the rich filled history and look forward to continuing this rural Americana tradition. Please come and join us celebrate and educate at the 150th Clearfield County Fair.

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