336 Grange Road • New Sewickley Township • Rochester, PA 15074 • 724.774.7093

71st Annual Big Knob Grange Fair
August 27 - 31, 2013

"Harvesting Your Dreams"

The showplace of Agriculture, Horticulture, Home Arts, Entertainment, Food and More!

Exhibits | Contests | Entry Forms | Rules | Committees | Fair History



Thursday, August 22
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Wine entries due at Ramp Entrance

Sunday, August 25
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – 4-H display and entries due in basement of the Main Hall.

Monday, August 26
9:00 a.m. – Judging of 4-H displays and entries. Closed to public.

2:00 - 5:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Agriculture and Home Economics exhibits accepted for Departments 11, 13-19, and 23 in the Bingo Pavilion.

2:00 - 5:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Hay and grain exhibits for Department 12 accepted at the Livestock Barns for 4-H and Open Classes.

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Big Knob Livestock 4-H Club market and breeding animals accepted. Weigh in for all, and walk through for steers.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Rabbit entries accepted at the Barns

Tuesday, August 27
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Livestock entries accepted at the Livestock Barns.

9:00 a.m. – Judging of Agriculture and Home Economic exhibits. Closed to the public.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Chocolate cakes (ONLY) accepted at the ramp entrance.

2:00 p.m. - Poultry Judging at the Barn

4:00 p.m. — Exhibit Buildings and Tents open to the public.

7:00 p.m. – Livestock judging at the Livestock Arena

Wednesday, August 28

10:00 a.m. – Rabbit judging at the Barns

4:00 p.m. — Exhibit Buildings and Tents open to the public.

4:00 p.m. – Livestock judging at the Livestock Arena

5:30 p.m. – Department 24 Judging at the Antique Farm Equipment Area

Thursday, August 29
9:30 a.m. – Dairy Cattle Judging at the Livestock Arena. Open to the public.

4:00 p.m. — Exhibit Buildings and Tents open to the public.

6:30 p.m. -  Big Knob Livestock 4-H Club Awards at the Arena.

7:00 p.m. – Big Knob Livestock 4-H Market Animal Sale at the Livestock Arena.

Friday, August 30
4:00 p.m. - Exhibit Buildings and Tents open to the public.

Saturday, August 31
Noon — Exhibit Buildings and Tents open to the public.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Demonstrations by 4-H Club members at the Livestock Arena.

9:30 - 11:00 p.m. — Exhibits released for all departments.

Sunday, September 1
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. — Exhibits in Departments 13 - 19 may be claimed.

Antique Tractor Club at Fair

The Big Knob Antique Tractor and Equipment Association will be making its eighteenth appearance this year at the Big Knob Grange Fair. Association members will be displaying restored antique tractors and equipment, plus model tractors, antique tools, literature and other items related to mechanized farming from years ago. Look for us to the left of the stage on the upper Grange grounds.

The BKATEA will be doing a raffle again this year. Tickets can be purchased to win a New Holland pedal tractor, John Deere neon wall clock, or one of three model tractors at our display area. The winning tickets will be drawn for the raffle Saturday night at the conclusion of the Fair as usual.

The Big Knob Antique Tractor and Equipment Association was established in 1996 and has more than 250 members mostly from the Beaver County area. The purpose of the BKATEA is “to promote the interrelated hobbies of antique farm and industrial equipment collection, repair, restoration, presentation and demonstration.” Besides participating in the annual Big Knob Grange Fair, the Association does an annual antique tractor show (this year scheduled for September 20, 21 and 22) and schedules up to eight tractor pulls each year at the Grange track. BKATEA members will be running the antique and stock tractor pull Saturday morning at the Fair. Admission to the bleachers will be free for this event.

If you want to become a member of the BKATEA, sign up at the display area. Dues are $10 per year. The Association currently meets at the Grange the third Monday evening of each month.

The members of BKATEA invite everyone to come to the free Big Knob Grange Fair this year and take in all of the sights, including our exhibit.

For further information, please call Wayne Harley, BKATEA Secretary, at 724-846-1808.



Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

This contest is open to any individual who lives in Pennsylvania. One entry only per person is permitted. The whole pie must be submitted for judging in a disposable pie pan. Rules and judging criteria are found in Department 15, Section 1, Class 22. The pie must be at least 60% apples in the filling. Any pie that needs refrigeration after baking will not be accepted due to food safety reasons.

Entries will be accepted Monday, August 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bingo Pavillion. The recipe must accompany the entry and must be typed or printed on one side of a card. Pies will be judged on overall appearance, color, flavor, texture, creativity, and doneness of the filling.

The local sponsor for awards in the Greatest Apple Pie Contest is the Four Corners Café. “Come in as a customer – leave as a friend!” Open 7 days a week.

The first place winner is eligible to enter the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show competition in this contest. This contest is sponsored at the state level by: the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs.

PA Preferred Chocolate Cake

The chocolate cake contest is open to any Pennsylvania resident. An entry must be a layered chocolate cake made from scratch and frosted. Cakes needing refrigeration will not be accepted. The recipe(s) must be typed or printed on one side of a card and must accompany the cake.

Prizes are: First, $25; Second, $20, Third, $15. Cakes will be accepted on Monday afternoon and evening, August 26 from 2:00 to 4:00, and from 7:00 to 9:00, and Tuesday morning, August 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Entry forms and further information are found in Department 15 - Class 27 below. The first place winner is eligible to enter the Pennsylvania Farm Show competition in Harrisburg in January 2014.

Angel Food Cake

Any individual who is a Pennsylvania resident may enter this contest. 2. Entrants may not have won first place in this Angel Food Cake contest at any other fair in 2013. 3. Entry must be an Angel Food Cake made from “scratch”.

Pennsylvania produced and packed eggs are requested to be used if at all possible. Look for the PEQAP or PA Preferred logo or PA packaging dates on the carton. Bring carton to the fair with the cake. Cakes that require refrigeration will not be accepted.

Prizes are: First, $25; Second, $15, Third, $10. Entry forms and further information are found in Department 15 - Class 28 below. 8. First place winner is eligible to compete at the 2014 PA Farm Show. Prizes at the Farm Show are $500, $250, and $100. Sponsors: PA Egg Farmers and PA State Association of County Fairs.

Livestock Costume, Horse Costume and Animal Hay Eating Contests

Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Livestock Arena
First Place:$10, 2nd:$8, 3rd:$6, 4th:$4
See Department 22 for complete rules.

NEW FOR 2013 – Farm Olympics
Saturday afternoon – Time to be announced

Each team must have 6 participants to compete against other teams. The Team is free to select a “G” rated name and wear t-shirts that are the same color. There will be seven (7) events for all to see which Team (Family) is the best farm family. Events will be posted Saturday morning. Each member of the Team must participate in at least one event, and 1 event will be for all members of the Team. Time for the event will be determined by the number of Teams that enter. Enter the Farm Olympics by calling Gina at 724 462 4984 and register your Team name and color. No substitutions permitted. This is a timed event.

First – GOLD, Second – SILVER, Third – BRONZE, special prize for last place!

Shoe Box Fair Float

This contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or younger. The challenge is to design and make a float on top of a shoebox, not larger than 9 inches by 12 inches in size.  Any float that does not qualify based on size will not be judged. 

Only one entry is permitted per child. The float must depict some part of the fair. All pieces must be attached and brought to the fair fully assembled. Once a float is entered, nothing can be added or taken away.  Floats will be entered in the basement of the Grange building using the ramp entrance, along with other items in Department 11, Youth Exhibits.  (Dept. 11, Sect. 19B, Class 20).

The public will have the opportunity to select the Best of Show in this class. A jar will be placed in front of each ribbon winner. The number of nickels in the jar will determine the winner of a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart. Second place winner will receive $5.00 and the third place winner will receive $3.00.  The awards are being given by Little Super II, Route 989, New Sewickley Township, your local quick-stop for gas, groceries and lunchmeat.


Entry Forms

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Antique Farm Machinery and Small Hand Tool
Entry Form

Entry Form – Department 13, 14

Entry Form – Department 15, 17, 18, 19

Big Knob Has Talent Entry Form



Agricultural and Home Economics Exhibits

Department 11 – Youth under 19

Department 12 – Hay and Grain

Department 13 - Vegetables

Department 14 – Fruits and Nuts

Department 15 – Home and Dairy Products

Department 16 - Evergreens

Department 17 – Floral Exhibits

Department 18 - Needlecraft

Department 19 – Art, Photography and crafts

Department 21 - Homemade Wine

Department 22 - Contests

Department 23 – Apiary Products

Department 24 — Antique Farm Equipment

Fair History

An Indoor Circus fair was held in December of 1937. In September of 1938, the first outdoor Fair was held and realized a profit of $252.20.  The Annual Fair was held each September.  On July 15, 1942, it was voted not to hold a Fair that year, due to the national Emergency (World War II).  The Fair was not held again until September of 1946.  It continued from this time, with the permanent date of the week-end before Labor Day, being established, January 18, 1950.

The Fair was discontinued again, for the years 1950 and 1951, due to the construction of the new hall.  It has continued, each year since 1952, until the present time.  After the war, a Fair Committee was appointed by the Master to serve for three years.  Two members were dropped, each year and two new members appointed.  For several years, a car was raffled as a fund raiser.  Many new buildings have been added to the Fairgrounds over the years, with the track area being re-constructed in the last couple of years and the new bleachers added.  A feature of the early Fairs was a horse-shoe pitching contest.  The Fair presently runs for five days, under the supervision of an Executive Board and has an estimated attendance of 40,000.



The Fair is conducted by Big Knob Grange on their property in New Sewickley Township.
336 Grange Road, Rochester PA 15074 (just off Big Knob Road, and State Route 68)
A member of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs


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