By Mary Davis

Summer is well underway. The kids are out of school and the hot weather is reaching its peak. Families all over the Pittsburgh region are looking for ways to have fun. Luckily, Pittsburgh is known for its local fairs. The Fayette County Fair is the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania and will be going on from Thursday, July 28th through Saturday, August 6th. This fair offers something for everyone. Your family is sure to have a good time.

Fayette County Fair

132 Pechin Road
Dunbar, PA 15431
(724) 628-3360
July 28th – August 6th
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Value for Your Family

Everyone’s trying to save a buck or two these days, and going to the fair can really start to add up. The Fayette County Fair gives you real value for your dollar because it offers a one-price admission for the advanced purchase price of $8.00 per person. Visitors to the fair can also enjoy a special $9.00 early purchase price between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays at the gate; while regular evening and weekend admission costs $11.00. These prices include rides, outdoor arena and indoor arena entertainment, so there are no surprise charges.

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Variety of Fun for Everyone

There are tons of fun activities at the Fayette County Fair for everyone in the family. Beyond the carnival rides and exhibits, there is live music, including Fayette Idol, Lee Brice and Satisfaction. If you’ve ever wanted to have your chance at being a singing sensation, Fayette Idol is the contest for you. Singers must be at least 13 years old, and preliminary competition begins July 13th.

Country singer, Lee Brice, will be performing Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 pm with guest, Steve Smith. Brice is best known for his 2007 debut, “She Ain’t Right.” Rolling Stones fans will want to check out Satisfaction, the international touring tribute show dedicated to the legendary band. For a full list of events, be sure to visit the fair website.

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See the Animals

If you love animals, the Fayette County Fair is definitely the place for you. Many of this year’s shows are animal-focused and will surely bring a thrill to family members of all ages. One of the world’s largest and most fascinating creatures, will be on-hand at The Elephant Encounter. Come see Cora, the fair’s 49-year old Asian elephant, and Shannon, their 25-year old African elephant up close and personal. You and your family surely won’t want to miss the fair’s longest running free show, “Pigs Gone Wild”, in which you’ll get to cheer your favorite to victory in an exhibition of pig racing. Pig lovers will be in “Hog Heaven!” Almost everyone loves dogs. The Disc-Connected K-9’s show is a incredible Frisbee dog show act, featuring both of the 2010 World Frisbee Dog Champions. All dogs in this show are rescue dogs. You’ll be touched by their individual stories while enjoying their zany antics. Check out the lineup of daily shows to see what else the fair has to offer.

You won’t want to miss the chance to take your family to this fun-filled fair, going on from July 28th – August 6th.

Mary Davis is a freelance writer from Butler. When not attached to her laptop, she’s spending time with her three kids or engrossed in a good book.