The 153rd Clearfield County Fair begins Sunday with a free preview.
From 10 a.m., the gates will be open with the $8 admission waived, so families can visit the barns while cows, horses, sheep and more are brought in by local farmers to vie for the blue ribbon. At the same time, the expo buildings will begin to fill up with jars of jelly and stitched quilts for other judging.
The Ferris wheel has already been raised by Reithoffer Amusements, and other rides and midway games will be waiting to go. Regular admission Monday through Saturday includes all access to the midway rides. Food vendors have been arriving and setting up at the Clearfield Driving Park just of US Route 322 in Clearfield for the past week.
The fair is an area draw for more than just 4-H exhibitors and corn dog enthusiasts. The event pulls in a variety of entertainment to fill the over 5,000-seat Grandstand all week long.
This year’s roster kicks off Sunday with the fair queen competition at 3 p.m., and continues Monday with the parade and fireworks show, but the high octane entertainment includes teen pop idol Victoria Justice on Tuesday, rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd on Wednesday, rising country star Brantley Gilbert on Friday, and ska punk group Less Than Jake on Saturday. Tickets are available at the box office, or online at www.clearfieldcountyfair.com.
Free entertainment is also provided on the David H. Litz Grove Stage, where the benches make a great place to relax and take in a little music. More free shows take place in the Expo II Plaza, where you can a trapeze act, a hillbilly comedy show, or trained, rescued shelter dogs.
The fair is also known for harness racing. Horses make the rounds daily from Monday through Thursday.