The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 3, 2012

Livestock auctions, car show, music on tap at West End Fair

LAURELTON — August isn’t August until you’ve ridden some rides and cheered on a tractor pull. Lucky you, you can meet your August needs at the Union County West End Fair, which starts Sunday at Lincoln Park.

Now in its 87th year, this annual event runs through Aug. 11 and features long-held favorites like the livestock auctions and contests, live music and food, food, food. Special events happen every day, beginning with Sunday’s day-long free admission.

After that, it’s still a good deal to entertain the whole family: Parking is free, $3 gets each person in Monday through Thursday, $4 on Friday and Saturday and weekly passes are $18 a person.

Kids younger than 5 get in for free any night, while Military Monday admits free all military folks, active and retired, with a military ID. Wednesday is Senior Citizen’s Day, and all fairgoers 62 and older will get in for nothing.

“We’re hoping people come out and support the local fair,” said Dennis Boop, fair chairman, who noted almost 20,000 visited the fair last year. “A lot of people put in a lot of time and hard work to make it worthwhile for the area.”

Boop hopes for the same size crowd, if not larger, and hopes that an hourly weather forecast posted after 5 p.m. each day on will help folks get out the door and to the fairgrounds.

Need more reasons to head to the fair? Here you go:

The car show is back after a successful first run last year. Sponsored by the Millmont West Union Lions Club, the show runs most of Sunday afternoon.

The tractors won’t have all the pull fun this year as an all-terrain vehicle pull debuts Monday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a kiddie pedal-tractor pull at 7.

Selinsgrove band Dawson, which won the 2011 fair’s talent show, takes the stage at 5 p.m. Monday.

Rides open Monday, and $5 gets you a wristband for unlimited rides.

Forget the Olympics, horseshoe pitching competition begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, cheer your favorite of seven contestants in the Miss Union County pageant at 7 p.m., followed by the livestock auction at 8. Auction proceeds this year will go toward building a new show arena for the 2013 fair.

That lady is a cow: No kidding, the livestock dress-up parade begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.

There’s a Reba impersonator! That’s Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m.

“There is stuff here for everybody,” Boop said, “from age 2 to 92.”

Pick and choose your own fun using the fair’s website, which has a complete schedule of performances, competitions and show times.

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