In Philipsburg, there can be quite a bit of eye rolling when people say the town is part of Clearfield County.
We aren’t. At least, not all of us.
The community straddles the county line, but Philipsburg itself is clearly part of Centre County. There is a fair amount of what we all know as Philipsburg that falls on the Clearfield side of the creek.
Chester Hill and much of Decatur and Morris townships have Philipsburg ZIP codes but vote in Clearfield County. Philipsburg-Osceola High School sits in Centre County, but the middle school is not.
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The “Who cares? That’s Clearfield County!” gets old. It’s tired. It was never funny, but the millionth time, it makes your eye twitch.
Except next week.
That magical time when July turns into August has a special meaning in the Moshannon Valley. It’s fair time. No matter what side of the creek you live on, you are perfectly happy to accept your Clearfieldy-ness when it’s time to visit the fair.
The Clearfield County Fair happens right in the middle of town, between Penn Highlands Clearfield hospital and the Clearfield Middle School, at the driving park, where horse racing is a much-anticipated part of the week’s draw.
Then there is the entertainment. This year’s lineup includes something for classic country fans (Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood), the contemporary country crew (Florida Georgia Line), rock enthusiasts (Joan Jett), motorheads (truck and tractor pull) and those who just want to enjoy classic fair fun.
But for me, the real fun has nothing to do with the grandstand. It’s the slow saunter from midway to Expo building, watching my child pet some deer and ride the merry-go-round, checking out my nephews’ winning ribbons in the Grange building and seeing my niece get her face painted.
It’s funnel cake with my sister, a caramel apple with my mom and some of the best haluski around.
For most of us, the Grange Fair is great; “our” fair happens in Clearfield. And the best part is we get to do them both.