BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) — The 148th annual Bedford County Fair has kicked off, bringing a week full of fun to the community.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, the fair opened its gates with tons of events going on right away. There will be events such as square dancing, auto racing, hot dog pig racing, farm animal judging, and much more. The purpose of the fair is to promote and educate the community in the science of agriculture, horticulture, household arts and family living.

The Bedford Lincoln Pike Alpaca Farm has been attendees of the fair for the past 12 years and on Thursday night they brough out two one-year-old alpacas to their first fair appearance. They also showcased some of their alpaca merchandise which they also sell at the Backstage Alpaca Shop. The farm said that they love seeing the familiar faces every year.

“We get to see some of the same people over and over again. We absolutely love these animals and we really enjoy sharing our knowledge about them with other people,” Owner Valerie Csehoski said.

Admission, which includes grandstand events and all mechanical rides, costs $10 on Sunday, $5 on Monday, and $10 from Tuesday through Sunday. On Monday, families may enter for $5 and military personnel and veterans may enter for free with proper ID. On Tuesday, senior citizens 65 and over may enter for free with a Medicare card until 4 p.m. Children two and under may enter for free, though no rides will be included. If children two and under plan to ride the rides, an admission fee is required.

Parking is $3 per day at designated parking zones.

Pit admission (races/demos/truck pulls) are $15 plus the $10 gate fee – $25 total (plus parking).

Below is a complete breakdown of when each event begins during the seven-day event:

SUNDAY, JULY 24:

TIMEEVENT
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m. Rabbit Show
9 a.m. Senior Christmas Tree Judging
9 a.m. Senior Farm Crops Judging
9 a.m. Senior Fruits, Vegetable & Nuts Judging
9 a.m. Senior Needlecraft Judging
10 a.m. Antique Machinery Judging
10 a.m. Cowboys for Christ Church Service
12 p.m.Draft Animal Opening Ceremonies & Judging
12 p.m. Jordan Hall Opens
12 p.m. Jr Exhibit 4-H Center Building
12 p.m. Petting Zoo Opens
1 p.m.4-H Square Dancing
1 p.m. Draft Animal Judging
1 p.m. Junior Fruits & Vegetables Judging
2 p.m.Draft Horse Obstacle Course
2 p.m.Sheep Lead Line Judging
5 p.m.21st Annual Fair Queen Contest
5 p.m.Midway Rides Open
5:30 p.m.Gearet FitzPatrick
6 p.m.Cornhole Tournament
6:30 p.m.Sunday Bedford Fair Auto Racing
11 p.m.Gates Close

MONDAY, JULY 25:

TIMEEVENT
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m.Chainsaw Artists – Rannels Rustics
9 a.m.Hot Dog Pig Racing
9 a.m.4-H Breed Goat Judging followed by Showmanship
9 a.m.Draft Animal Judging
9 a.m.Family Day
9 a.m.Junior Home & Dairy, Arts & Crafts, Needle Craft Judging
9 a.m.Market Gat Fitting and Showmanship
9 a.m.Military/Veterans Day
9 a.m.Senior Home & Dairy, Arts & Crafts Judging
10 a.m.Group Exhibit Judging
10 a.m.Jr. Exhibit 4-H Center Building
10 a.m.Petting Zoo Opens
11 a.m.Senior & Commercial Exhibits/Jordan Hall Opens
12 p.m.Junior Baked Goods, Floral Judging
12 p.m.Senior Baked Goods, Floral Judging
2 p.m.Dan & Galla
2:30 p.m.Midway Rides Open
4 p.m.Kids Corner
4:30 p.m.Military/Veteran Appreciation Ceremony
5 p.m.Kids Tractor Pull
5 p.m.Rides Closed – Safety Check
6 p.m.Dan Stonerook
6 p.m.Market Goat Judging
6 p.m.Midway Rides Open
6 p.m.Voices on the Grandstand Contest
7 p.m.Junior Dairy Showmanship
7:30 p.m.Baked Goods Auction
7:30 p.m.Roof Garden Tractor Buddies
9 p.m.Alumni Dairy Showmanship
11 p.m.Gates Close

TUESDAY, JULY 26:

TIMEEVENT
8:30 a.m.Chainsaw Artists – Rannels Rustics
8:30 a.m.Hot Dog Pig Racing
8:30 a.m.4-H Lamb Carcass on Hoof Judging
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m.Draft Animal Judging
9 a.m.Junior Dairy Judging
9 a.m.Lamb Showmanship, Junior & Open Lamb Breed Classes
9 a.m. Senior Day
10 a.m.Jr. Exhibit 4-H Center Building
10 a.m.Petting Zoo Opens
10:30 a.m.Senior Events Registration
11 a.m.Senior & Commercial Exhibits/Jordan Hall Opens
12 p.m.Junior & Open Class Breeding Beef Judging
2 p.m.Dan & Galla
2:30 p.m.Midway Rides Open
4 p.m.Kids Corner
5 p.m.Dan & Galla
5 p.m. Rides Closed – Safety Check
6 p.m.Abby Abbondanza
6 p.m. Midway Rides Open
6:30 p.m.Compacts, Bone Stock Compacts, Pickups/Vans/SUV Derbies
6:30 p.m.Junior Market Lamb Judging
11 p.m.Gates Close

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27:

TIMEEVENT
8:30 a.m.Chainsaw Artists – Rannels Rustics
8:30 a.m.Hot Dog Pig Racing
8:30 a.m.Hot Dog Carcass on Hoof Judging
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m.Bedford Gazette Junior Market Steer Judging
9 a.m.Cavy Show
9 a.m.Junior Horse & Pony Production Show followed by Alumni Showmanship
10 a.m.Jr. Exhibit 4-H Center Building
10 a.m.Petting Zoo Opens
11 a.m.Senior & Commercial Exhibits/Jordan Hall Opens
2 p.m.Dan & Galla
2:30 p.m.Midway Rides Open
4 p.m.Kids Corner
5 p.m.Dan & Galla
5 p.m.Rides Closed – Safety Check
6 p.m.Alpacas on Display
6 p.m.Midway Rides Open
6 p.m.Swine Fitting & Showmanship
6 p.m.Tim Litvin
7 p.m.Model Horse Show
7:30 p.m.Bullride Mania
11 p.m.Gates Close

THURSDAY, JULY 28:

TIMEEVENT
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m.Chainsaw Artists – Rannels Rustics
9 a.m.Hot Dog Pig Racing
9 a.m.Open Dairy Show
10 a.m.Draft Animal Judging
10 a.m.Jr. Exhibit 4-H Center Building
10 a.m.Junior Livestock Judging Contest
10 a.m.Petting Zoo Opens
11 a.mSenior & Commercial Exhibits
11 a.m.Jordan Hall Opens
2 p.m.Dan & Galla
2:30 p.m.Midway Rides Open
4 p.m.Kids Corner
5 p.m.Dan & Galla
5 p.m.Rides Closed – Safety Check
6 p.m.Alpacas on Display
6 p.m.Davy Williamson
6 p.m.Jr. Market Hog Show
6 p.m.Midway Rides Open
6:30 p.m.Mini-Vans, Large Car V8’s & Returning Compacts Derbies
11 p.m.Gates Close

FRIDAY, JULY 29:

TIMEEVENT
8 a.m.Chainsaw Artists – Rannels Rustics
8 a.m.Hot Dog Pig Racing
8 a.m.Air Rifle & Pistol Contest
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m.Jr. Horse & Pony Performance Show followed by Alumni Classes
10 a.m.Jr. Exhibit 4-H Center Building
10 a.m.Petting Zoo Opens
11 a.m.Senior & Commercial Exhibits
11 a.m.Jordan Hall Opens
12 p.m.Jr. & Adult Dairy Judging
2 p.m.Dan & Galla
2:30 p.m.Lumberjack Competition
2:30 p.m.Midway Rides Open
5 p.m.Dan & Galla
5 p.m.Rides Closed – Safety Check
5 p.m.Woodcarving Auction
6 p.m.Midway Rides Open
6 p.m.Rob Lightner
6 p.m.Supreme Champion Showmanship Contest
7:30 p.m.Friday Bedford Fair Auto Racing
11 p.m.Gates Close

SATURDAY, JULY 30:

TIMEEVENT
8:30 a.m.Chainsaw Artists – Rannels Rustics
8:30 a.m.Hot Dog Pig Racing
8:30 a.m.Pre-Livestock Sale Announcements
9 a.m.Gates Open
9 a.m.Jr. Horse & Pony Performance Show
9 a.m.Jr. Livestock Sale
10 a.m.Horseshoe Pitching Contest
10 a.m.Jr. Exhibit 4-H Center Building
10 a.m.Petting Zoo Opens
11 a.m.Senior & Commercial Exhibits
11 a.m.Jordan Hall Opens
2 p.m.Dan & Galla
2 p.m.Livestock & Antique Machinery Dismissed
2:30 p.m.Midway Rides Open
5 p.m.Dan & Galla
5 p.m.Pickup Truck Pulls
5 p.m.Rides Closed – Safety Check
6 p.m.Kenton Sitch Band
6 p.m.Midway Rides Open
8 p.m.Departments 11-24 Entries Released
11 p.m.Gates Close

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For additional details on each of these events, visit bedford-fair.com. Additionally, you can visit the Bedford County Fair’s Facebook page for more information.