Today is Senior Citizens and Farm Day at the Cattaraugus County Fair, which continues to draw daily crowds of around 8,000.
The 155th annual fair, which runs through Sunday, is sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Agricultural Society. President John Charlesworth said this year the fair is larger than ever and entries in each area of competition are up.
Daily admission of $6 a person is "a real good bargain," Charlesworth said. It includes rides on the midway, live entertainment throughout the day and on most days a free grandstand attraction.
Senior citizens will be admitted today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $3.
Today's free entertainment includes Bob Lucia and the Big Band Revival at 3 p.m. and a program by the United Heritage Fiddlers at 7 p.m. in the entertainment tent.
At 8:30 p.m., the focus turns to the track in front of the grandstand for stock car football competitions.
Empire State tractor pullers perform on the track at 8 p.m. Friday and a jet car fire show will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Demolition derby finals are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Competitors will include Monday night winners Matt Studley, Joe Tomaszewski, Bobby Studley, Doug Wright and Dale DeCarlo, all of Gowanda, and Pat Smith of Sheridan.
Judging in various departments continues all week. Some results follow:
At the 4-H rabbit show, grand champion winners were Adam Walters, American Fuzzy Lop; Ashley Walters of Randolph, Holland Lop; Samantha Baldwin of Randolph, Netherland Dwarf; Michael Wild of Great Valley, utility; Aaron Wild of Great Valley, fur class.
In grange judging, Pompona Grange was first; Delevan, second; Ashford, third.
First-place winners in the talent show, ages 12 and under were vocal and instrumental categories, Jessica Campbell of Olean; dance, Heidi Giberson of Portville; and non-musical, Andrew Freeman and Nicole Adams of Randolph.
In the age 13 and over class, first-place winners were vocal, Meredith VanScoy of Limestone; instrumental, Lauri Arndt of Frewsburg; dance and non-dance, Jessica Wheeler of Conewanago Valley.