Elk County Fair around the corner
KERSEY – Organizers and volunteers are vigorously preparing for next week's 38th Annual Elk County Fair in Kersey.With amusement rides provided by Midway Rides of Utica, N.Y., general admission is $6 daily or patrons may purchase advance tickets at the Corner Market & Deli in Kersey. Advanced tickets will be sold for $20 and will give a patron access during all five days of the fair, which runs from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 11.The community event will have a slightly different lineup this year. For instance, Saturday's demolition derbies on the Al Dietz Memorial Track will feature compact cars, big cars, and trucks, all in one night."We wanted to do it all in one night to offer a bigger and better show," said Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager.To compensate during the week, the Keystone Mini Tractor Pulls event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Al Dietz Memorial Track.The event is sponsored by GAP Enterprises of Weedville, County National Bank [CNB], MJ's Mini Mart in Kersey, Jamie, Renea and Kyle Wolfe, and Beimel Trucking, Inc.The Street Truck Pull will be Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the track and the Mud Bog will be Friday at 6 p.m.Entertainment throughout the week includes the Dan and Galla Musical Show featured Aug. 7 and Aug. 9-11, and Smoking Joe and the Wild Horse Band on Friday, Aug. 10 from 7-11 p.m. A new act, Matt Keiter and the Northern Country Band, will perform Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7-10 p.m. on the George A. Swanson stage.Phil Crosson will be doing magic acts as part of his "CLAZMAGIC Show" on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 5:15 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. His performances will all be presented on the lower stage behind Starr Pavilion."To fill empty spots, we have some new acts in an effort to diversify the event and try to make it better," Wolfe said. "We also have to try to just get what is available while keeping an eye on our budget."As far as entertainment is concerned, the fair's budget has remained consistent throughout the years."Sometimes it grows by a few hundred dollars, sometimes it doesn't," Wolfe said. "It's been pretty close. Usually if you bring an act in for more days, you can get them cheaper by the day. If the act is only for one day, it's usually a lot more money."Fair organizers are always accepting new volunteers wishing to be involved with the fair. Potential new volunteers may contact Elk County Fair president Ann Distler at 814-965-3128 for more information.A 14-year veteran volunteering at the Elk County Fair, Wolfe takes great pride in the event and believes it gives members of the community a big bang for their buck."With $6 for a daily ticket, or if you get the advance ticket, it's a great deal to be able to do everything inside other than the track events," Wolfe said.Registration for the various contests will be Sunday, Aug. 5 between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. A $6 registration fee is required per individual exhibitor and a pass to enter the fair will be given to all registered exhibitors. The fairgrounds are closed to the public Monday, Aug. 6.The fair opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, with opening ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. on the George A. Swanson Memorial Stage. The Fair Queen, Junior Queen, and Princess will be crowned and the baked goods auction for first-, second-, and third-place winners will follow. Fireworks will go off at dusk Tuesday night.