County Fair is a Labor of Love


Charlotte McMullenSince 1924, Labor Day week has signified fair time for Cambria County, Pennsylvania. This Western PA community is famous for its rich history in steel, coal, lumber, bricks and farming, but it is the agriculture that brought forth the annual county fair.

County fairs began as local exhibitions to promote modern farming with added features to attract crowds. They are now synonymous with many things including: carnival rides and games, races and concerts, livestock and agriculture competitions, and delicious (but certainly not figure-friendly) food.

Of course, like most big events, the fair draws a variety of visitors. Take a walk down the midway and you’ll see many interesting sights, but that is all part of the fun experience. After all, the county fair was originally intended as a gathering place where entertainment could be enjoyed by all.

My three oldest daughters raise animals in 4-H; they show market steers and swine. I’d like to share a funny story from the previous fair.

Last year, the two oldest girls both raised two pigs. Unfortunately, one of my second daughter’s pigs did not make weight. That meant no fair for Robert – as she lovingly named him – and he went back home to the farm.

Warning: If you dislike knowing where meat comes from, you may want to stop right here.

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