The Legendary Jacktown Fair
You can't die happy 'till you've been
The nations oldest continuous fair

July 14th thru July 18th

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PROGRAM OF EVENTS

10:00 am – Worship Service
7:00 pm – Queen Competition

3:30 pm – HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – BINGO
6:00 pm – FLOAT CONTEST
6:00 pm – MINI FLOAT CONTEST
6:30 pm – PARADE
7:00 pm – GUEST DIGNITARIES & CROWNING of FAIR QUEEN & PRINCESS
8:00 pm – SANDY LUSCO HUFFMAN – Opening Act
8:00 pm – HILLBILLY WAY
9:30 pm – FIREWORKS

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – BINGO
6:00pm – 11:00 pm – YOUTH NIGHT (free rides sponsored by First Federal Savings & Loan of Greene County)
7:00 pm – FOOD EATING CONTEST
8:00 pm – Tuff Truck & UTV
8:00 pm – JACKTOWN IDOL Round 1
8:30 pm – SLIM LEHART

2:00pm – 5:00 pm – BINGO – 5:00pm – 11:00pm
7:00 pm – TRACTOR & TRUCK PULL
8:00 pm – JACKTOWN IDOL Round 2
8:00 pm – KARAOKE

9:30 am – LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST
11:00 am -TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – BINGO
7:00 pm – POWER PULLING PRODUCTIONS, TRACTOR PULLS ($12.00 admission, $15.00 pit)
6:00 pm – RABBIT & GOAT SALE
7:00 pm – TRUE BLUE
8:00 pm – JACKTOWN IDOL FINALS
9:00 pm – FIREWORKS

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – BINGO
6:00 pm – STIHL PRO CARVERS DEMO & SALE
6:00 pm – MUD BOG
7:00 pm – HEAVEN BOUND MINISTRIES
8:00 pm – CROSS VISION
9:00 pm – FIREWORKS MAKEUP NIGHT (if rained out on Tuesday or Friday)

ENTRY FORMS

Parade Entry

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Barn Entry

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Home & Garden

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Jacktown Idol

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RULES AND INFO

Tuff Truck & UTV

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Truck & Tractor Pulls

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Mud Bogs

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Power Pulling Productions

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THE JACKTOWN FAIR 2015 FAIRBOOK

HISTORY OF THE JACKTOWN FAIR

The Legendary Jacktown Fair was organized on July 6, 1866.

The Richhill Agricultural, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Association (as it was called in the charter) formed July 6, 1866. There were 280 shares of stock sold to fund the fair. The first Jacksonville Fair (as it was initially named) occurred on October 3rd and 4th of that same year. The fair throughout much of the rest of the 1800s and early 1900s consisted of horse racing as the main event. And there were of course the contests that created the inevitable bragging rights of farmers, homemakers and craftsmen. Entries were taken in a large variety of categories – livestock, linen and clothing, cotton, leather, needlework, farm machinery, grains, produce, arts, furniture, flowers, bread, preserves, and even horse shoes.

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Attractions in the early years included an “international circus,” balloon ascensions, fireworks, trapeze and other aerial acts, tight rope walkers, and many different bands. The first mention of rides at the fair was reported in the True Blue newspaper in 1886, stating that two large swings “did a good business.” A noteworthy story of entertainment comes from 1893. Madame and Professor Zeno were performing a balloon ascension at the fair, in which the balloon caught on fire. Madame Zeno was able to escape just in time, as the balloon was caught by the wind and blown into the side of a house about 500 yards away.

Attendance has always been more than anyone would ever expect from such a rural area. In 1879, the Wheeling Daily Inte  “You can’t die happy ‘til you’ve been to the Jacktown Fair,” is first found in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger on August 7, 1931 as “Visit Jacktown and die happy.” Though the wording has changed a few times throughout the years, current fair organizers say the adage holds true as much today as when it was first coined.

As always, the fair offers more than just rides and attractions. As stated in the Waynesburg Messenger, October 1, 1879, “If there was nothing on exhibition except the large crowd of people it would pay to spend thirty-five cents and a half day on the fair grounds. It is worth all it cost, and more too, merely as a grand reunion, and, day of recreation and social employment. We witnessed so much sociability and apparent true enjoyment, that we could not help thinking that such a day might be looked forward to as one of the most pleasant of the season, and that, if properly managed, it might be said of “fair day,” as of Christmas, “though it comes but once a year, it always brings good cheer.”

For more info on the history of the Jacktown Fair, Contact Zack and Kayla Patton at 724-428-4636.

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Jacktown Fairgrounds
P.O. Box 125
440 W Roy Furman Hwy
Wind Ridge, PA 15380

(724) 428-3637
jacktownfair@gmail.com

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OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT – Walter A. Burns

1st VICE PRESIDENT – Dana A. Wilson

2nd VICE PRESIDENT – Harry E. Gardner, Jr.

SECRETARY & TREASURER – Jamie Dinsmore

FULL LIST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
DIRECTORS
Harry E. Gardner, Jr.
Walter A. Burns
Dana A. Wilson
Jamie Dinsmore
C.J. Behm, Jr.
James Rizor
Alfred Burns
Randy Burns
Jamie Campbell
Nyle Burns
Dennis Householder
Murray Hoy
James Behm
Andrew Burns
Zack Patton

HONORARY DIRECTORS
Charles Morris
Archie Trader
Blair Zimmerman
Thomas Chess
Doug Grim
Richard King

CONCESSION, PRIVILEGES
AND EXHIBIT HALL
James Rizor – 724-447-2872
Alfred Burns – 724-428-4361
Greta Mooney – 724-428-3718

LIVESTOCK
Jamie Dinsmore – 724-437-5003
James Campbell – 724-852-1622
Dennis Householder – 724-499-5112

GATES AND PARKING
Randy A. Burns – 724-428-3617
Murray Hoy – 724-627-7803

SOUND SYSTEM
Randy A. Burns – 724-428-3617

FAIR HISTORY
Zack Patton
Kayla Patton

GRANDSTAND EVENTS
Alfred Burns – 724-428-4361
Dana A. Wilson – 724-222-1858
Nyle Burns – 724-428-3423
Andrew Burns – 724-428-3423
John Hart – 304-845-4974
Ryan Mooney – 724-428-3718

HOME & GARDEN
DEPARTMENT
Melody Burns – 724-428-3617

PARADE COMMITTEE
Marcia Sonneborn – 724-428-4344
Charles J Behm Jr.– 724-428-5198
Jim Behm– 304-845-2666

QUEEN COMMITTEE
Crystal Frye – 724-428-4055