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Monday, August 22, 2011

Somerset County Fair PA off and running


Calvin Ott competes in the hot tractor pulls, 7,500 weight class, Saturday during the opening day of the Somerset County Fair. (Philip Petrunak)

PHILIP PETRUNAK Daily American Staff Writer

August 20, 2011

The Somerset County Fair got off to a great start Saturday with a huge crowd and beautiful weather.
The first day of the week-long celebration featured tractor pulls, a market goat judging and great food, among other attractions.
“It’s a packed house,” said Dave “Orlo” Weller, tractor pull organizer. “The crowd’s impressive for an opening day, considering the amusement rides aren’t set up yet.”
While the grandstands filled for the tractor pulls, the market goat show was drawing an impressive crowd of its own.
“It’s been a great show,” said organizer and fair board member Rachael Mostoller. “It seems to be growing and we’ve had a lot of wonderful kids out here today.”
The market goat grand champion trophy went to Forrest Ohler, 21, of Rockwood, and his goat Cassius.
“It’s a lot of hard work and it’s a family effort too,” Ohler said.
Forrest is the son of Scott and Lisa Ohler.
Mostoller said the event is made possible by the volunteers who put in countless hours throughout the week. Volunteers from Meyersdale ambulance and Meyersdale fire department were among those contributing their time to the opening day’s success.

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