Grange Fair animal dressing contest

Animal dressing contest brings ‘good laughs’ to fairgrounds

bmilazzo@centredaily.com August 24, 2013 

  • Grange Fair attendee: Shaynia Guerriero

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Camp Hill

    Number of years attending fair: 22

    Favorite fair food: Pappy’s Dippy Pizza. However, since Guerriero said the pizza hasn’t been at the fair for the past two years, she enjoys chicken on a stick and turkey legs from a small vendor near where the rides are set up.

    Must-see fair event: Watching people and participating in the mechanical bull rides and the rock wall.

    Favorite fair memory: Having the annual family reunion every year at the fair. She said it’s the one place her family gets together each year without having to travel to see everyone. Camping and attending the fair for her family dates back to 1930 with relatives of the Smith family.

— Ten-year-old Justin Darlington, of Centre Hall, dressed his goat, Buttercup, in a Penns Valley cheerleading uniform while both he and his brother, Jesse Darlington, 12, sported Penns Valley football jerseys.

While the duo showcased Buttercup, a crowd of about 300 people chanted “Go Rams,” in support of Penns Valley.

The two were part of the annual animal dressing contest Saturday night at the Grange Fair.

During the contest, organizer Selena Richards said those who registered were able to dress up their animals in human clothes for display.

“It’s the comedy part of the fair,” Richards said. “It gives the crowd good laughs.”

About two dozen people entered their animals in the competition that included chickens, rabbits, goats and cows.

Buck Gates, of Warriors Mark, entered his cow, Honey, in the contest for the second year. This time, the cow was dressed as a Chick-fil-A. A tarp that covered her that said “Eat Mor Chikin.”

“You see the commercials and you get a good laugh and that’s how I came up with the idea,” Gates said.

Gates placed second in his category.

Organizer Ron Houtz said his family took over the event about six years ago when the family who previously organized the contest stepped down.

“If we didn’t take it over, then no one else would have and it’s a Grange Fair hit,” Houtz said.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648.

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