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Cambria County Fair

The Cambria County Fair has been around for 125 years.

By Terry Lengenfelder

Just north of Ebensburg stands a “sort-of” monument to the spirit of “never-give-up.” The landmark has hosted thousands of visitors since 1891, each year bringing together young and old to remind us of what’s still right with our county.

A big red barn welcomes those who enter the Cambria County Fair, which celebrates its 125th anniversary when the doors open Sept. 4. As with anything worth having, the fair boasts a history filled with hard work and faith.

According to the fair’s website (, farming was the inspiration for the event, and in June 1891, the first fair was held in Ebensburg through the efforts of farmers and local businessmen. This “Ebensburg Fair” continued into the 1920s when Loretto native and steel magnate, Charles Schwab, encouraged citizens to support an even-larger celebration. Depressed times put a hold on Schwab’s plan, but he wasn’t one to let an idea die. Name changes, charter changes and incorporation eventually produced the Cambria County Fair Association in 1924.

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