CHAMBERSBURG >> Fourth of July fireworks will barely be stilled before the skies of Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club will light up for the fair — Franklin County Fair, opening July 6.
Fair week runs through July 12 on the the gun club grounds at 3725 Warm Spring Road. Parking is free every day.
Entertainment peaks Friday night with the main event, Championship Professional Wrestling, featuring former World Wrestling Entertainment pros The Patriot and Salvatore Sincere. The 7 p.m. show is free with admission.
In addition to the top-billed stars are former WCW star The Stro (The Maestro of Wrestling) and a tag team tilt between Bill Bain and Travis Dufout versus Simon and Shane Shadows;; ladies match between Joey Michael Landis (with Mike Skills) versus Steven Sarx; and Chambersburg's Wes Lockbaum versus Jacob Young.
Highlights of the week
The annual horse show opens the fair at 1 p.m. in a newly renovated arena ring. In the evening, the annual vespers service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those attending should take lawn chairs. Speaker is the Rev. David Grove, pastor of Ebenezer United Brethren Church.
• The 2013 Franklin County Fair Queen Maranda McGowan is waiting to pass the crown to her 2014 successor on Midway stage at 8 p.m. A Little Miss contest (5:30 p.m.) and Princess contest (6:30) will precede the Queen competition.
• Tractor pulling begins at 7 p.m. in the arena.
• All-terrain vehicle Dirt Drags at 6:30 p.m. are open to the public. Helmets, kill switches, long pants and shirts are required for those who wish to compete. Registration is from 4 to 6 p.m. There are youth classes as well as adults and for all sizes of machines. For information, call 729-6116 or 263-8424.
• Prizes for karaoke first through third places are $100, $50 and $25, respectively. The 7:30 p.m. event is sponsored by BRB Rock 101.5 and Z-One Entertainment. There are youth and adult categories.
• Local talent continues with 104.7 WAYZ-sponsored "Franklin County's Got Talent, at 7:30 p.m. on the Midway stage. A vocal music category and the "all others" category offer competition for ages 7 through 16 and age 17 and older. First through third prizes are $100 and trophy, $50 and $25, respectively.
• Cute critters will steal hearts in the 4-H FFA Animal Dress-up Parade, also at 7:30, in the show tent.
• Prepare for the rumble at 6:45 p.m. with the Full Power Demolition Derby, with six classes of vehicles from compacts to full size heavy trucks.
• Whiskey River Band, a versatile group from Wake Forest, N.C., will be on Midway stage in two sets at 7 and 8:30 p.m. The six-man band performs top 40, country, traditional and contemporary music.
• The annual antique and farm stock tractor pull will be at 6 in the arena.
• Pro wrestling at 7 p.m., also truck and tractor pull, 7 p.m.
• Closing the fair will be Lindsey Erin at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Midway stage. The country vocalist and band will perform her latest CD, "Up in Smoke."
• Also at 7, the fair will end with a roar at the full power demolition derby for four classes: full size heavy cars, "outlaws run what you bring," ladies full size cars and full size heavy trucks.
• Saturday fun includes a youth barnyard Olympics at noon on Midway stage; free amusement rides for children from 2 to 4; flea and crafts vendors; and night rides for $12 a wrist band.
Find a full schedule, ticket prices and more information at www.franklincountyfair.org