70th Albion Area Fair includes a royal event

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The 70th Annual Albion Area Fair came to an end Sat, Sept. 13.
Parade crowns fair in the area

By Brandi Copeland/BoroOnline.com

The 70th Annual Albion Area Fair came to an end this past Saturday. This year was filled with the usual rides, games, music, food and, of course, rain. The fair was held at the Albion Borough Park from Tuesday, Sept. 9, until Saturday, Sept. 13. Tuesday evening was the crowning of the 2014 Fair Queen.

The contestants put in a lot of time in the community before the fair. The contest has two categories, for Queen and for Junior Miss. This year was very special because it was the 70th annual fair. The Fair Queen organization had every female that had won prior to 2014 come onstage and talk about where they are in their lives now. Most of the old royalty told of how they go to the fair every year with their families. This year the crown went to Samantha Gollmer, a junior at Northwestern Senior High School. Sam is an active member of FFA and is also part of the cross country and track teams at the high school. The queen before her was a senior at Northwestern, Breanna Mitchell.

Many people joke about how it wouldn't be fair week without the rain, but despite the rain last week, the fair was a success. Every year, Ride-A-Rama is Tuesday and Friday night so people can ride different rides like the Ferris Wheel, Hurricane or Scrambler for less money than other nights. There is an art building, craft building and the homegrown building. Pieces are entered into each building and voted on. There are different age groups and ribbons handed out for the top three entries in each age group. There is also an education building where the local schools have their classes put different art pieces in the fair. Northwestern Elementary even takes a field trip down to the fair during the school day, which allows them to see their art.

The fair also has barns with horses, draft horses, cows, swine, goats and rabbits. Many of the animals are in the fair for their owners to show them in front of judges. Some of the animals are there and can even be sold, especially the rabbits. The fair also hosts a truck pull, which is one of the most popular events. Due to rain, the truck pull got rescheduled to Friday night. The different games are always enjoyable for families as well as the food. There are some places to eat to get delicious carnival food, but there are also local venders as well. One of the favorites for many people at the Albion Fair is the Holy Trinity Church's Heavenly Fries.

Ending the fair each year is the local parade. It starts up at Northwestern Elementary School, goes down Pearl Street,  goes right onto North Main Street, and then left into the fairgrounds. The parade is filled with different organizations and groups walking or riding on a float. Plus it wouldn't be a parade without the sound of fire truck and ambulance horns driving by. It also has horses and goats as well as tractors and trucks that drive through the parade. Children watching the parade always get showered with different types of candy. Even with the light rain in the morning the parade still was a hit for many local families. Rain or shine, the Albion Area Fair will always go on.