Bedford County Fair will be held July 22-28 at the fairgrounds, west of downtown Bedford on business Route 30, which is West Pitt Street.

John E. Holvert, fair general manager, said the fair is on solid financial ground despite dramatic state funding cuts.

By trimming expenses and adding sponsorships, the fair will continue to offer about $30,000 in premiums to exhibitors, Holvert said.

Bedford is now the first fair in the region to kick off the season and Holvert believes that is an advantage.

“People are eager to get out and have a good time,” he said.

“Since moving our date up to earlier in the year, we are getting more vendors because there is less competition from other fairs.”

Bedford County fair queen will be crowned at 5 p.m. July 22 at the arena.

Holvert said the motor sports are a big attraction at Bedford.

“On Friday nights, we have stock-car racing, which is a huge draw,” Holvert said.

Throughout the week, visitors will have an opportunity to see three demolition derbies, go-cart races and a truck-tractor pull.

Holvert said a nonmotorized attraction will return in the form of Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania on July 25.

“We recently completed work on a second horse barn, which will be used in conjunction with a larger barn built in 2010,” Holvert said.

Holvert is encouraged by the increase of livestock entrees.

“We have seen increases in some animals and decreases in others,” he said.

“Beef is our biggest competition and all our barns will be full.”

One price admission of $9 includes all midway rides, exhibitions and grandstand shows.

Weekly walk-around tickets are $17.

Family Day will be held on July 23, and admission will be $5.

Senior Day will be held on July 24, and seniors ages 65 and older will receive free admission with a Medicare card until 4 p.m.

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