Animal dressing contest brings ‘good laughs’ to fairgrounds

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.