Published Sunday, June 6, 1999
MERCER COUNTY AREA
1999 fairs and festivals list
Fairs, festivals, carnivals and midway rides are summer traditions in the Mercer County area.
Another tradition is The Herald's annual calendar of such events. Area events this year include:
Three Rivers Arts FestivalThe Three Rivers Arts Festival continues through June 20 at Point State Park and Gateway Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh.
The festival of visual and performing arts exhibitions is an opportunity for artists to display and sell their work.
Strawberry DaysThe ninth annual Grove City Strawberry Days Art and Music Festival will be held June 10-13 through next Sunday at Strawberry Park, South Broad Street, downtown Grove City.
- June 10 -- Chicken barbecue, sponsored by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, 4 p.m.; concert by the Earthquakers, 7 p.m.
- June 11 -- Children's entertainment including clowns, children's theater and face painting; 11 a.m.; Five Guys Named Moe, 4:30 p.m.; Fitness, 7 p.m.
- June 12 -- 3-on-3 Basketball Classic, registration 8 a.m.; new car show, 9 a.m.; singing Muppets and Ronald McDonald; lip sync contest, 10:30 a.m.; The Gathering Field, 7:30 p.m..
- June 13 -- Third annual talent show, 1 p.m.; Catro, 3 p.m.; 3-on-3 Basketball Classic finals.
Craft tent hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 11 and 12 and noon to 5 p.m. June 13. Food and strawberry delights will be available daily. For a complete schedule of events and entry forms call Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, 458-6410.
Laurel FestivalThe annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival will be held June 14 through 19 in Wellsboro, Pa.
- June 14 -- "Tunes of the '40s," featuring singer Juanita Jobst, accompanied by the Walt Hoffman Trio, 7 p.m.
- June 15 -- West O'Clarke, a traditional Irish show band, 7 p.m.
- June 18 -- Laurel Festival Juried Arts and Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Jerry Brown, master minstrel, 1, 3 and 5 p.m.; Suzanne Sterling, noon; Exile will entertain at the annual queens preview, 8 p.m.
- June 19 -- Arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., parade, 2 p.m.; Jerry Brown, 5:30 p.m.
Information: Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main St., Wellsboro 16901 or (570) 724-1926.
Stoneboro Station DaysStoneboro Station Days will be held June 24 through 26 at Memorial Park, Franklin Street.
Events include music, games, food, rides, 5-kilometer run, parade (decorate anything that doesn't have a license, such as a lawn mower, golf or go-cart) and fireworks.
Information: Thalia, 376-3331; 376-3429; or Tracy, 376-3603.
Civil War Heritage DaysThe annual Civil War Heritage Days will be held June 25 through July 4 in Gettysburg, Pa.
The event, commemorating the battle of Gettysburg, includes re-enactments of the historic battle, band concerts, arts and crafts plus collectibles and food authentic to the period.
Booster CarnivalThe annual Sharpsville Booster Carnival, sponsored by the Sharpsville Boosters Club, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. June 29 through July 3, with a special matinee from 2 to 5 p.m. July 3 on Walnut Street, next to the VFW, in Sharpsville.
- Rides and games by B&J Amusements.
- Nightly bingo.
- Chicken and roast beef dinners served nightly.
- Live radio broadcast, June 30.
- Sharpsville 125th Dance Tent, featuring live music by Frankie and the Sensations, July 1; Ethnic Night by The Tonellis and County Mayo, July 2; and The Carmen Mico Big Band, July 3.
- Parade on the afternoon of July 3.
- Fireworks, July 3.
Information: Larry Perna, 962-9123.
Sandy Lake will celebrate its 150th birthday July 1 though 4 at G. Turner Craig Park. The sesquicentennial is sponsored by Sandy Lake Rotary Club.
- July 1 -- Arts and crafts, 11 a.m.; parade "150 years Past to Present," 7 p.m.; Mostly Brass, after parade.
- July 2 -- Arts and crafts, 11 a.m.; antique and classic car display, 11 a.m.; spinners guild, 11 a.m.; children's games and activities, 1 p.m.; Mae Beringer, curator of Mercer County's one-room schoolhouse, 1 p.m.; horse shoeing demonstration by Taylor Cotton, 2 p.m.; pet parade by Rotarians, 6:30 p.m., with registration at; bike decorating contest at 6:30 p.m., with registration at 6; 5-kilometer race, 7 p.m.; karate demonstration by ATA Taekwondo, 7 p.m.; kids race, 7:45 p.m.; Friends of the Community reception, 7:30 p.m.; Debbi Burdett and Dave Schaefer, 8 p.m.; Ron Knapp and Church Thorpe, 9 p.m.
July 3 -- Arts and crafts, 11 a.m.; antique and classic car display, 11 a.m.; horseshoe pitching, 11 a.m.; Rotary barbecue, noon to 7 p.m; fashion show, 3 p.m. at the McQuistion Center by the Park; Earthquakers, 6 p.m.; raffle drawing, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.
- July 4 -- 11 a.m. church service conducted by the Rev. Roger Shaffer and a cantata "with Liberty and Justice for All" by the community choir; picnic follows (bring a well-filled basket to eat with family and friends); dedication of war memorial, 2 p.m., followed by burying of time capsule.
Other events include: Senior Day at McQuistion Center at 10:30 a.m. July 2 with a program of music and memories of Patriotism and the Past by Judy Christ, a certified music therapist and a luncheon with a Fourth of July theme at noon. Reservations: 376-3608, by June 30. There will also be a large American Indian encampment every day at the park and a community yard sale July 2 and 3. Information: Shirley Snyder, 376-3650, or Sondra Kasbee, 376-3428 or visit the Web site at:http://www.toolcity.net
Festival of ArtsThe Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts will be held July 7 through 11 in downtown State College and on the campus of Penn State.
The event showcases more than 300 artists and craftsmen, plus offers children's events and delicious foods. Information: (800) 358-5466.
Grange FairThe 35th annual Mercer County Grange Fair will be held July 4 through 10 at the Grange Fairgrounds, a mile east of Mercer on state Route 58.
- July 4 -- Opening of fair and vespers service, 7:30 p.m.; Findley Township 150th Anniversary party, 8:30 p.m.
- July 5 --Pig roast, sponsored by Findley Township, 4 p.m.; antique tractor pull, 7 p.m., with weigh-in at 6; Grange royalty, fair queen, guys and dolls and little guys and dolls contests, 7 p.m.; John Hanna Opry, 8 p.m.
- July 6 -- Parade, 7 p.m.; Richard Benninghoff strolling music, 7:30 p.m.; Earthquakers, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.
- July 7 -- Garden tractor pull, 7 p.m., with weigh-in at 6; B-Attitudes Quartet, 7:30 p.m.; baked goods auction, 8:30 p.m.
- July 8 -- Special baking contest, 6 p.m.; pet parade, 6 p.m.; demolition derby by LBJ Pro Motions, 7 p.m., registration at 5; Mazzant Family presents Christian music, 8 p.m.
- July 9 -- Track and tractor pull, 7 p.m., weigh-in at 6; Mercer Jam, 7 p.m.
- July 10 -- Fun horse show, 9 a.m.; chicken barbecue by Habitat for Humanity, noon; "An Afternoon on the Farm" family games, 2 p.m.; Trapper John, 4:30 p.m.; Amity Praise Band, 7 p.m.; demolition derby by LBJ Pro Motions, 7 p.m., followed by fireworks; square dance, 9 p.m.; closing of fair, midnight.
Bingo will be held July 4 through 9 at 6 p.m. and July 10 at 3 p.m. Public dinners will be served July 5 through 8 at 4 p.m. Entry days will be noon to 8 p.m. July 5 and 9 a.m. to noon July 6. Exhibits will be open at 4 p.m. July 7 through 9 and at 9 a.m. July 10. Information: Helen Straub, 588-6134 or Frances Steese, 748-4115.
Old Home WeekFredonia Volunteer Fire Department will hold Old Home Week from July 13 through 17 in Fredonia Park.
- July 13 -- Firemen's parade, 7 p.m.
- July 14 -- 5-kilometer race, 7 p.m.
- July 15 -- Pet parade, 7 p.m.
- July 16 -- 3 on 3 basketball tournament; Sandy Lake Country Kickers, 7:30 p.m.
- July 17 -- Kids run for fun, 1 p.m.; ride-a-rama, 2 p.m.; 3 on 3 basketball tournament; chicken barbecue, 4 p.m.; Star Promenaders, 7 p.m.
Other events include drawings, nightly ride-a-rama and food. Information: Tex Ringer, 475-4502.
Harborfest '99Harborfest '99 will be held July 15 through 18 at the Harborcreek Community Park near North East, Pa.
The festival includes a hot air balloon rally, skydivers, musical entertainment, amusement rides, a children's tent and bingo.
Sheakleyville HomecomingThe 62nd annual Sheakleyville Homecoming will be held July 18 through 24 at the Firemen's Park, U.S. Route 19, Sheakleyville.
- July 18 -- Community vespers service and gospel concert with B-Attitudes, 7 p.m.
- July 19 -- Home and arts center entry day, noon to 8 p.m.; pet parade, 7 p.m., with registration at 6, call, Kim Ende, 253-4460.
- July 20 -- Firemen's parade, 7 p.m., to preregister, call Bonnie Palm, 253-3791; drill teams will perform afterward.
- July 21 -- Little Miss Queen (ages 5-8), Junior Miss Queen, (ages 9-12) and Miss Queen (ages 13-16) pageants, 7 p.m., call Cressa Harsh, 253-9104.
- July 22 -- Pedal pull, 6:30 p.m., with registration at 6, call Laura Shook, 253-2074; Wranglers Country Band, 8 p.m.
- July 23 -- Modified minitractor pull, 7 p.m., with weigh-in at 6.
- July 24 -- Mini-garden tractor pull, noon, with weigh-in at 11 a.m.; car show, noon to 3 p.m., with registration from 10 a.m. to noon; chicken barbecue, noon; ride-a-rama, 1 to 5 p.m.; 4-by-4 truck and tractor pull, 6 p.m., with weigh-in at 5.
Victorian DaysMercer Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 11th annual Victorian Days July 23 through 25 in and around the Mercer County Courthouse.
- July 23 -- Eastern Star of Mercer ice cream social, noon; Mercer Community Band concert, 7:30 p.m.
- July 24 -- Grand Victorian parade, 10 a.m.; entertainment on the bandstand, 11 a.m.; Mercer County Historical walking tour of old homes, 1 p.m.; Old Mercer Graveyard tour, 2 to 4:30 p.m.; courthouse tours, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; Victorian ball workshop, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Victorian ball, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. at Brandy Springs park.
- July 25 -- Chicken barecue, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by Mercer American Legion; Old Mercer Graveyard tours, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Earthquakers, 2 p.m.
More than 100 artisans dressed in Victorian attire will sell crafts and demonstrate their skills from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25. Admission to the ball is $20 per person, $35 per couple and $7 for watchers. Information: Chamber of Commerce, 662-4185.
Antique Tractor and Engine ShowThe Mercer County Antique Power Association's seventh annual Tractor and Engine Show will be held July 23 through 25 at the Stoneboro Fairgrounds, U.S. Route 62.
- July 23 -- Auction, 6 p.m.; tractor slow race, 7 p.m.
- July 24 -- Tractor barrel roll, 10 a.m.; parade, noon; horse pull, 1 p.m. with weigh-in at 12:30 p.m.; wagon backing contest, 3 p.m., open tractor pull, 6 p.m., with weigh-in at 5; afternoon music provided by Grassroots.
- July 25 -- Church service with special music by Dan Schall, 9 a.m.; parade, 12:30 p.m., kiddie pedal pull, 1:30 p.m.; exhibitor and powder puff antique tractor pull, 2:30 p.m., with weigh-in at 1:30 p.m.
Also featured: John Deere tractors and related equipment, flea market, antique car and trucks, dynameter, gas engine in operation, saw-mill, threshing, stationary baler, food and more. Information: Bob Mills, 253-44823 or Jana Dean, 376-2962; flea market information, 662-5462.
Clarion County FairThe 61st annual Clarion County Fair will be held July 25 through 31 at the Redbank Valley Municipal Park near New Bethlehem.
- July 25 -- Car show; hymn sing and devotional program, 7 p.m. Car show information: (814) 275-3929.
- July 26 -- Firemen's games. Information: (814) 275-3929.
- July 27 -- Nationwide demolition derby.
- July 28 -- Billy Dean, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: (814) 275-3929.
- July 29 -- Dave Martin championship rodeo.
- July 30 -- Antique and farm tractor pull.
- July 31 -- School bus demolition derby. Information or entry forms: (814) 365-2210.
Other events include the Little Bear Stage Show and a carnival by Nolan Amusements. Information: Clarion County Fair Association, (814) 275-3929.
Jefferson Township FairThe 29th annual Jefferson Township Fair will be held July 26 through 31 at the fairgrounds, 7407 Lamor Road. July 26 is entry day and the fair is open to the public at 5 p.m. July 27-30 and at noon July 31.
- Rides by Bartlebaugh Amusements, games, parade, exhibits, food bingo and more.
- Dinners daily from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
- Exhibits including livestock, 4-H and hay and grain.
Items of other interests include: vegetables, fruits, home and dairy products, floral, needlecraft, arts and more.
Space is available for crafters and vendors; call Russ Nickel, 662-3310. General information: Jim McCullough, 962-9823.
Grove City Street Fair
The 42nd annual Grove City Street Fair, hosted by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held Aug. 4 through 7 in downtown Grove City.
Events include the Grove City Community Day parade at 7 p.m. Aug. 3, a midway filled with rides and food by local organizations and merchant bargains, plus fireworks on Aug. 6.
Three Rivers RegattaThe Three Rivers Regatta will be held Aug. 5 through 8 at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.
The event features powerboat racing, food tents, souvenir vendors and fireworks.
Transfer Harvest HomeThe 122nd annual Transfer Harvest Home Fair will be held Aug. 8 through 14 at the fairgrounds, Edgewood Drive Extension off North Hermitage Road.
- Aug. 8 -- Beauty pageant registration, 4 p.m.; vespers service, 7 p.m.
- Aug. 9 -- Entry day for homemakers exhibits, 9 a.m.; entry day for Blue Ribbon Pie Eating contest, 2 p.m.; horse show, 5:30 p.m.; beauty pageant, 6 p.m.
- Aug. 10 -- Judging of homemaker building exhibits, noon; arrival of livestock entries until 8 p.m.; arrival of poultry and rabbit entries, noon to 8 p.m.; official opening, flag ceremony, 6 p.m.; parade, 7 p.m.; band and drill team competition, 8 p.m.; bull-a-rama rodeo, 8 p.m.; and sheep riding competition, 6 p.m.
- Aug. 11 -- Livestock and poultry judging, 10 a.m.; garden tractor pull, 7 p.m., with weigh-in at 6; Christian music night, 7 p.m.
- Aug. 12 -- Dog obedience and agility, 6:30 p.m.; demolition derby, 7 p.m., with registration at 6; Wild Turkey Band, 8 p.m.
- Aug. 13 -- Pet parade, 6 p.m., with registration at 5; 4-by-4 truck and limited pro stock tractor pull, 7:30 p.m., with weigh-in at 6:30; Bandit, 8 p.m.
- Aug. 14 -- Ride-a-rama, 11 a.m.; children pedal pull competition, noon; women's and girls barnyard Olympics, 1:30 p.m.; men and boys barn yard Olympics, 3:30 p.m.; "Dancing with Dogs", 3:30 p.m.; mud bog racing, 6 p.m.; Stan Macey Band, 5 p.m.; Penn-Dixie Band, 8 p.m.
Fair hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9 through 13 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 14. Rides by Amusements of Buffalo Inc. and food concessions will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 10.
New Virginia Old Home DaysNew Virginia Old Home Days will be held Aug. 13 and 14 at the Virginia Road park in Hermitage.
- Aug. 13 -- Talent show, 5:30 p.m.; queen contest, 6:30 p.m.; Sunshine Band, 7 p.m. and fireworks, 9 p.m.
- Aug. 14 -- Car show registration, 9 a.m. to noon; flag-raising, noon; Magic of Raymond, noon; Johnny Bernat honoring 70 club members, 1 p.m.; Church Street Blues, 1:30 p.m.; Gary Swanson (Little Miss and Mister contest, raffles, giveaways and musical chairs), 3 p.m.; Sam Davis, 5 p.m.; and Calico, 7 p.m.
For information on the talent show, call Sharyn Tompkins, 962-1824; and on the queen contest, call Stephanie Dillon, 646-1945.
Southwest Gardens Day In the ParkSouthwest Gardens Day In the Park will be held Aug. 20 through 22 at Darr Avenue and Stevenson Street, Farrell.
- Games, food and entertainment.
- Aug. 21 -- parade, 9 a.m. starting at Farrell High School to Southwest Gardens Park. Anyone interested in participating may call 981-8283.
- Aug. 22 -- Gospel night.
Wings Cook-Offand Music FestivalThe Wings Cook-Off and Music Festival will be held Aug. 20 through 22 at the I.C. Light Amphitheatre, Station Square, Pittsburgh.
The festival name says it all with literally hundreds of award-winning wings and sauces at each booth. The event also features musical headlines from county to rock 'n' roll.
Great Stoneboro Fair
The 132nd Great Stoneboro Fair will be held Sept. 1 through 6 at the Stoneboro Fairgrounds, U.S. Route 62.
- Sept. 1 -- Great Stoneboro Fair mile run, 6:30 p.m.; Mercer County Great Stoneboro Fair Jamboree and John Hanna's Grand Ol' Opry, 7 p.m.; opening of fair, 8 p.m.; milking contest, 8 p.m.
- Sept. 2 -- The Great Little Bear Show, 5 p.m.; baked goods auction, 6 p.m.; heavyweight antique tractor pull, 6 p.m.; dairy fitting and showmanship awards, 7 p.m.; Nationwide demolition derby, 7:30 p.m.
- Sept. 3 -- The Great Little Bear Show, 1, 5 and 7 p.m.; lightweight antique tractor pull, 6 p.m.; Nationwide demolition derby, 7:30 p.m.
- Sept. 4 -- Archery shoot, 10 a.m.; harness racing, noon; The Great Little Bear Show, 1, 3 and 5 p.m.; kids' mini-tractor pull, 2 p.m.; antique tractor pull for exhibitors, 2:30 p.m.; Daryle Singletary Country Music Show, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.
- Sept. 5 -- Archery shoot, 10 a.m.; fair church service, 11 a.m.; harness racing, noon; exhibitor horse show, noon; The Great Little Bear Show, 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.; dairy promotion activity, 2 p.m.; garden tractor pull, 3 p.m.; Rick K. & The Allnighters 7:30 p.m.; Bob Minor & The Country Tradition square dance, 9 p.m.
- Sept. 6 -- Grand cavalcade parade, 10 a.m.; The Great Little Bear Show, noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.; harness racing, 1 p.m.; draft horse obstacle course, 1 p.m.; kids' mini tractor pull, 3 p.m.; stock and high-performance stock tractor pull, 6 p.m.
All exhibits must be pre-registered by Aug. 11. To avoid traffic backup on Route. 62, use any gate except the main gate by the horse barn. Information: 376-2852 or visit the fair Web site at:
Jamestown FairThe annual Jamestown Fair will be Sept. 7 through 11 at the fairgrounds behind Jamestown High School.
For more information about Pennsylvania fairs and festivals, call (800) VISIT-PA to receive a free copy of the Pennsylvania Visitors Guide, highway map and current Events Guide or visit Pennsylvania's travel and tourism Web site:
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