Tractors gain attention
Each tractor rider revved their engine Sunday before barreling down the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair’s tractor pull track.
Possibly their most attentive fan, Andrew Campbell, stood as high as he could on a row of bleachers, making sure to not miss one pull.
Andrew, 5, got the best view compared to his father, David, and brothers, Alex and Bill, each 11, who sat behind the curious youngster, half watching the tractor pull contest, half keeping an eye on Andrew.
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Andrew, of Lewistown, said he’d like to do it someday, too.
“They’re really loud and fast,” he said. “If they put a roller coaster behind them, I don’t think they couldn’t pull it.”
A bubble maker, a 3-year-old and plenty of people around to serve as target practice made for an exciting morning for anyone within Cameron Demi’s range.
Cameron, 3, turned on his own family for the better part of the morning, momentarily stopping to surprise passers-by with his seemingly endless supply of bubbles.
“He likes to get us, all of us, but he likes to get other people walking past us, too,” said Mary Ann Demi, Cameron’s grandmother. “Everyone is really good about it, and they play along.”
Cameron, of Lewistown, said he likes seeing the Thomas the Tank Engine train at the fair as well as sleeping over. His father, Neil Demi, said he is the sixth generation in the family to attend the fair since its inception.
Layla, a large brown show horse, towered over Rylan Bowmaster inside the horse show ring.
With his grandmother Donna Bowmaster, of Milesburg, saddled on top of Layla, Rylan petted the horse’s long snout. The horse responded by dipping its head lower, allowing Rylan to reach closer to her head.
Donna Bowmaster, decked out head to toe in black and white riding attire, competed in the fair’s draft horse show. Rylan has watched her compete for four years.
In three months, she said, Rylan will learn to ride Layla, too, with Eagle Valley Equestrian trainers. He wants to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps, though his parents, Corey and Becky Bowmaster, said he will have to juggle baseball, wrestling and school with horse riding.
“I think it’s really cool watching her ride,” Rylan said. “I really want to win some ribbons.”
‘I want to go on’
Emma Corkery, 5, stepped back from the Tumbler’s entrance, a ride that spins children horizontally and, if they wish, upside down.
Nervous about going upside down, Corkery watched her seven-year old brother, Eddie, have fun spinning around once, twice, and before he passed a third time, she was at the edge of the Tumbler’s entrance trying to wave down the ride’s two operators.
“I want to go on,” Emma Corkery, of State College, said. “I want to go on with Eddie.”
The operators obliged, presumably because Eddie was the only rider, and let Emma on.
Somewhere between spinning in circles, rocking up and down and screaming in joy, Eddie and Emma agreed they wanted to go in the nearby Fun House next, and it was the first thing they said after getting off the Tumbler.
“That’s the hard thing,” their grandmother Marty Whittaker said. “They want to do everything they see.”