Traditions continue at Big Butler Fair

July 2, 2013 by  

Summer in this area always means the Big Butler Fair, one of the largest county fairs in the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s fair kicked off on June 28 and will continue until this Saturday, July 6.

Although the fair is celebrating its 158th year this year, it has some new tricks up its sleeve. A number of new rides are making their debut at this year’s event. One of them is the ‘Rock Star’, which is shaped like a guitar and spins in a circle, like a clock. People sit on the ride facing out. Not only is the ride new this year, it is also energy-efficient. Instead of incandescent bulbs to light it up at night, the ride features LED bulbs.

The fair itself opens at 9:00 am each morning, but the midway does not open until 1pm. Entertainment is scheduled for each night of the carnival, usually at 7pm. The folk-rock band Rusted Root will play the fair tomorrow, July 3. On July 4, a fireworks display will take place as the sun sets. The last night of the carnival will feature a country music performance from Aaron Tippin at 6:00 pm. Printing companies might have been asked create a schedule of events for the fair.

Along with amusement rides and entertainment, there is an agricultural component to the carnival. Daily attractions include a petting zoo sponsored by the 4-H club. There will also be camel rides available for a $5 fee.

Admission to the fair is $8 after 4:00 pm or $6 before 4:00 pm, and unlimited ride passes are available for $20 per person.