The fairs and festivals are back and ready to shine this summer season! For the month of July, various towns in Butler County are hosting fairs and festivals celebrating the county’s culture, history, and community. The long wait is over to enjoy family fun and create new memories at the star-studded festival schedule throughout July. Grab your friends and family to discover everything Butler County has to offer at this year’s summer festivities!
Big Butler Fair
July is packed with endless family fun and fairs all across Butler County. First up is the Big Butler Fair, July 2-11 at the Big Butler Fairgrounds. Celebrating their 165th anniversary this year, the fair is known as one of the largest agricultural fairs in Pennsylvania. The fair attracts over 100,000 visitors each year from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and West Virginia highlighting its iconic ‘Big’ Butler Fair name. Enjoy spectacular firework shows, festival food vendors, demolition derby competitions, square dancing nights, and learn more about the fair’s history all week long. To top it off, the Fair has been voted #1 Kids Fair in PA and #1 Carnival East of the Mississippi by Powers Great American Midway.
History of the Big Butler Fair
The fair organization was established in 1855 and the very first Butler Fair occurred in 1856. The fair was very prosperous and brought new family fun opportunities to the county until the Civil War began in 1861. Following the end of the War, the Butler Agricultural and Stock Association was created and became the leader of fair development. In 1902, the Standard Steel Car Company bought the fairground property and the fair was moved to a 60-acre plot on a hilltop (where Butler High School is currently located). In time, the fair began to offer exciting experiences for guests when automobiles, radios, and new farming mechanisms became new attractions. The fair moved to its current location on Route 422, west of Butler in 1956.
The Fair Today
The Fair welcomes thousands of visitors each year and brings in 4,000 vendors, two main musical acts, and countless farm animal activities to complete the experience. Visit the fair on Friday July, 2 to see the Pittsburgh native band, The Clarks and Saturday July, 10 to see country music singer Casey Donahew as one of the headliner acts. Watch history unfold yourself at this year's 165th Big Butler Fair at the Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect.
Cranberry Township Community Days
Next up, the festivities move to Cranberry Township for the annual Cranberry Township Community Days July 8- 10 at the Cranberry Community Park. Just as the name states, Community Days celebrates the Cranberry residents and promotes shopping local in the area.
A Look Back at Cranberry Community Days
The Cranberry Rotary started this event in 1975 to raise funding for the Cranberry Fire Company, Boys & Girls Scouts, the Women’s Club, and Ambulance Corps. The event’s signature slogan “Watch the Tree Grow” developed through this support and became the organization’s logo.
The Festival Today
Today, township leaders incorporate a new “Project of the Year” that enhances the community cohesiveness and infrastructure. Take a look at previous Projects of the Year and see how this organization creates an everlasting impact on the community:
- 2015 - Volunteer Firefighter Initiative
- 2016 - Miracle League Resurfacing and Playground
- 2017 - CTCC Sports Courts in Graham Park
- 2018 - North Boundary Disc Golf Course and Nature Trail
- 2019 - Forge Ahead Library Makeover
This year, the community is restoring one of the local’s favorite locations in the area, the Community Park’s Amphitheater. This special project hits home for practically every community member as it is a central part of the township. Join the movement to bring the community together and support local businesses.
Zelienople Horse Trading Days
Stop horsin’ around and join the annual Zelienople Horse Trading Days July 15- 17. Celebrate this year’s 57th festival in downtown Zelienople. With vendors galore, Horse Trading Days welcomes all ages to enjoy unique food options, local products, and carnival fun.
Spend time shopping locally and supporting the town’s small business owners during the town celebration. As one of the largest festivals in the area, Horse Trading Days attracts over 40,000 spectators each year. The first festival started in 1963 to promote both the Zelienople and Harmony area and educate the community about the town’s history. The tradition continues annually to bring the community together and support the town’s local economy. Don’t miss out on the community fun!
Butler, Bikes, & BBQ
Ride on down to the new Butler, Bikes, & BBQ Festival at the Butler Farm Show Grounds July 23-25. Celebrate the county’s new one-of-a-kind event showcasing motorcycles, delicious barbeque, live entertainment, and more. The event kicks off with a motorcycle parade through downtown Butler leading to the Farm Show Grounds on Friday and continues for a three-day event about all things bikes and BBQ. Event proceeds from the motorcycle parade benefit the Butler County Veterans in Need Fund supporting struggling Butler residents. Enjoy the endless fun exploring the motorcycle community in the county with the sweet and spicy barbeque vendors.