Summer Fun in Greene County

 July marks the beginning of a signature season of summer events in Greene County, Pa., just two hours south of Butler County.

 The Jacktown Fair kicks off the middle of the month, running July 15-19 in Wind Ridge, on the western end of the county. The longest continuously running fair in the country, the Jacktown Fair is celebrating its 149th year in 2014. Scheduled activities include the three-night “Jacktown Fair Idol” singing contest, musical acts, truck and tractor pulls, fireworks, and carnival rides. Admission and activity prices vary. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.jacktownfair.org.

 Greene County is home to another long-running tradition in July – the annual Rain Day festival, held in Downtown Waynesburg in the heart of the county. This year’s festival is the 141st observance of the day it almost always rains in Waynesburg.The day-long street festival features music, food, children’s activities, umbrella and window decorating contests, craft and information vendors, and hopefully a few drops of rain. For more information and the full history of Rain Day, visit www.raindayfestival.com.

 A more recent addition to the slate of Greene County summer events is the Flashlight Drags drag-racing series, held at the Greene County Airport in Waynesburg. Flashlight Drags offers a safe alternative to street racing, with a 1/8th-mile race between two vehicles, just for fun. The next event is scheduled for Sunday, July 6, with two more races – Sunday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 13 – to close out the 2014 racing season. Gates open at 11 a.m. each event day, with racing from 2 to 6 p.m. “Outlaw Hour” follows from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $30 to race and $6 to watch, and plenty of car-related vendors fill the grounds as well. And since Flashlight Drags doesn’t share the same love of inclement weather as Rain Day, rain dates are planned. For more information and schedule updates, visit www.flashlightdrags.com.

 The Sept. 13 Flashlight Drags date coincides with 50’s Fest in Downtown Waynesburg and the Lucas Oil Truck Pulling Expo at the Greene County Fairgrounds, two more gearhead-geared signature events. That weekend also signals the end of the summer events season in Greene County. Before it ends, though, August’s events include the Greene County Fair from Aug. 3-9 at the fairgrounds, the Bituminous Coal Show Aug. 16-23 in Carmichaels, and Art Blast on the Mon Aug. 30 in Greensboro. And for summer produce, Waynesburg and Greensboro each have weekly farmers’ markets until mid-October.

 With all of these events, you’ll see why summer is the perfect time to Go Greene!

For a full calendar of events and more information on attractions, visit www.GoGreeneCounty.org.