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By Rob Frank GoErie.com staff blogger
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Posted: August 24th, 2011
Campi's fresh pizzas, sliced and ready to be served.

Campi's fresh pizzas, sliced and ready to be served.

State and County fairs are infamous for the eclectic food offerings. A week’s worth of food for a week at the Crawford County Fair.

What: Campi’s Pizza

Description: Eating a Campi’s slice of pizza is like attacking an inflated Chicago deep dish slice–it’s so big, you don’t know where to start. The shop based in Dunkirk, NY, comes to the Crawford County Fair, because it’s a huge money maker for them.

Campi’s offers slices in Cheese, Cheese and Pepperoni, Veggie, Supreme, and Sausage. A vegetarian, I chose the veggie. This slice was loaded with broccoli, tomato, peppers, and onions, but not so much as to overwhelm the serving. Not that this pizza colossus would ever feel overwhelmed.

Testimonial: “It’s a meal in itself,” says Beth Knoedler of Saegartown.

A Campi’s sever says that Cheese has been the most popular at the Crawford County Fair, but normally at other fairs, the most popular prize goes to Cheese and Pepperoni. Which would you choose?

Cost: $5

Verdict: I would get this Fair Food again, but split the giant serving with a friend. It’s filling and fresh, just the way food ought to be.

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Check out our Crawford County Fair Food gallery for more photos, and submit your own at GoCrawfordCounty.com.

Have a favorite fair food? Let me know, so I can try it, too!

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Posted: August 22nd, 2011

Contestants congratulate a stunned Kelly Thayer on her new title.

Contestants congratulate a stunned Kelly Thayer on her new title.

The Miss Crawford County Fair Queen Pageant, now in its third year, crowned Kelly Thayer as it’s newest queen Sunday night at the grandstand stage at the Crawford County Fair.

“Honestly, I thought I didn’t have it,” said Thayer, the newly crowned queen. “I had to do a double take when they called my name.”

Out of eight contestants, Thayer, 20, of Linesville, took the 2011 title. Thayer is a sophomore at DeVry University.

Thayer was awarded a $500 check from BIG Investment Group of Meadville. The Crawford County Fair Queen acts as the fair’s ambassador, visiting at community events and organizations on behalf of the fair.

“I can’t wait to be a representative for the Crawford County Fair. I’ve wanted this for so long,” said Thayer. “I messed up my skit, but I guess no one knew!”

Contestants are judged on a variety of criteria, including pre-pageant interviews, eveningwear, and on-stage questions. The women also perform a skit, as a form of a personal statement about what’s special about the Crawford County Fair and why someone should visit. This year’s contestants dressed up as a range of characters, including a rat, a tour guide, Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ, and Maria from the Sound of Music complete with a musical statement. Thayer portrayed a farmer’s wife, in a plaid dress and apron.

Katie Steider, departing Queen, takes her final walk.

Katie Steider, departing Queen, takes her final walk.

The pageant also hosted over thirty visiting pageant royalty from around the region. Any and all titleholders were invited to attend.

It was an emotional night for departing Queen Katie Steider, who even choked up a little on stage during her final walk.

“It’s been even better than I ever could have imagined,” said Steider, who said that ending her reign is bitter sweet.

She said her favorite memories included getting to read to regional elementary school students, and then having them greet her on the street.

“A little boy came up to me at a parade, and said, ‘Remember me? I’m from Mrs. Egan’s class,’” said Steider. “People really do look to you as a role model.”

She said she’s so thankful for the experience, but offers some advice to the next queen.

“To be as open minded as possible and meet as many people as you can,” said Steider. “We really have a lot of great people in Crawford.”

In addition to the title of queen, the pageant also recognizes the young women with several other awards. Jenny Washok won Miss Congeniality. Ashley Jackson took two, the Essay Contest (“What the Crawford County Fair means to my community”), and the Advertising Competition. The Community Choice Award went to Rebecca Hyde. The Interview Award went to Brianna Gallagher.

Check out photos from the pageant in our photo gallery. Were you there? Add your photo to our community photo album on GoCrawfordCounty.com.

Keep following Community Connection and GoCrawfordCounty.com to get constant coverage all week long of the Crawford County Fair.

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Posted: August 21st, 2011

Lady Antebellum headlined the Crawford County Fair Saturday night, with the group Stealing Angels opening. Watch the video below for a clip of Lady A performing “Our Kind of Love.”

Check the Lady Antebellum photo gallery for more from the Lady A concert.

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Posted: August 20th, 2011

Lady Antebellum headlined the Crawford County Fair Saturday night, with the group Stealing Angels opening. Watch the video below for a clip of Lady A performing “Friday Night.”

Check the Lady Antebellum photo gallery for more from the Lady A concert.

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Posted: August 19th, 2011

Erica Streett is Diana Ross. Or at least she gets to play her on stage.

“I love getting to act extra sexy and see the reaction of the audience singing along to every word,” said Streett, who loves getting to step into the shoes of the iconic Motown diva.

Streett, from Virginia Beach, said she’s gotten to travel across country, and even around the world, playing gigs as far as Ethiopia with Masters of Motown.

Listen to what the lovely ladies of the Masters of Motown have to say minutes before they take the stage at Celebrate Erie.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Sluggers Sports Bar & Grill was unfortunately the only Taste of Erie booth I didn’t get a chance to tour with. My favorite thing about this themed bar is the row of five pool tables at their 10th Street location. Check out their regular menu at their website.

Sluggers Sports Bar & Grill

Check out their Taste of Erie menu here. Did you get to taste Sluggers ERIEsistible entrée?

Sluggers Sports Bar & Grill is located at 14 East 10th Street in Erie.

Slugger's menu.

Slugger's menu.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Voting ends Sunday for the Taste of Erie’s ERIEsistible entrée at Celebrate Erie. Who are you going to choose? Take a look through our video food tours to help make an informed decision.

Senory 3:
Mike Davis at Sensory 3 shows us what’s on the grill for the Taste of Erie at Celebrate Erie. Davis made me smile by offering me a complementary entrée plate, which I was able to share with the GoErie.com crew at the photo booth.

Sensory 3 is located inside the Presque Isle Downs & Casino at 8199 Perry Highway in Erie.

Posted: August 19th, 2011

Voting ends Sunday for the Taste of Erie’s ERIEsistible entrée at Celebrate Erie. Who are you going to choose? Take a look through our video food tours to help make an informed decision.

Three B Saloon:
A sneak peak at the homemade menu, including beef brisket, St. Louie style ribs, and broccoli slaw at Three B Saloon for the Taste of Erie at Celebrate Erie.

Three B Saloon is located at 732 West 4th Street in Erie.

Posted: July 31st, 2011
All smiles crossing the finish line at the Discover Presque Isle Duathlon.

All smiles crossing the finish line at the Discover Presque Isle Duathlon.

From sunup to sundown, Discover Presque Isle has activities for everyone. Let’s take a look at Sunday:

Discover PI Duathlon

What’s a duathlon? An athletic race starting with a running leg, followed by a biking leg, finishing with a last running leg.

The Discover Presque Isle Duathlon? 5k run, 12 mile bike, finished with a 5k run around Presque Isle starting and ending at Beach 11.

Over 200 participants competed in the duathlon, conducted by the Presque Isle Partnership. Confusion about the race finish line led to some frustration for the first finishers; however, it was quickly solved for the remainder of participants who came for a strong finish. Check out race results from the Erie Runners Club.

Photos are up! Follow the race, from foot, to bike, to finish in our Discover Presque Isle Duathlon photo gallery. There are plenty of finish line shots, so check to see if you can see your friends cross the line. Check out winner interviews in our video player.

Beach 6 Volleyball Tournament

Blocking the net at the Beach 6 Doubles Volleyball Tournament.

Blocking the net at the Beach 6 Doubles Volleyball Tournament.

A 9am start got Day two of the Beach 6 Volleyball Tournament early, but don’t worry if you haven’t gotten the chance to check out the action: teams will be competing all day. Finals won’t start until around 5pm, so be sure to come down to Beach 6 if you want to see some fierce competition.

“We get a lot of draw from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland,” said Beach 6 Volley Tournament Director Geoff Bach, “simply because they can play tougher teams that they wouldn’t normally get to see.” Bach says that this tournament brings diverse, but strong talent from larger cities in the region.

“The reason the players really like coming to this facility and this tournament is when you’re in Cleveland and you want to play a really tough team from New York, you’d have to drive four hours to do it.”

33 teams, including 20 men’s and 13 women’s teams are competing in the Discover Presque Isle Tournament, bring an age diversity, too. Ages range from 14 to mid-fifties.

“Doubles is the most aggressive form of volleyball,” said Beach 6 Volley Tournament Director Geoff Bach, “because players are involved in every aspect.” Be sure to check out Sunday morning photos from the tournament, and add your own, too! Watch Bauch explain what makes the tournament and competition unique in our video player.

Keep following GoErie.com/StreetView for more photos, videos, and coverage of Erie events. Keep track of us @GoErieEvents on Twitter and the Street View team on Facebook.

 

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Posted: July 31st, 2011
Family photo op in front of the Beach 8 bonfire.

Family photo op in front of the Beach 8 bonfire.

What a difference a day makes! From pouring rain noon on Friday, weather for Discover Presque Isle changed to highs in the 80s on Saturday.

Some updates from the newsroom: Presque Isle lifegaurds warn of dangers of beach currents.

What’s Discover Presque Isle going to cost you? Find out in “Cheap in Erie.

And a recap of what happened today at Discover Presque Isle:

Running to the finish line after the Mile Swim on Beach 10.

Running to the finish line after the Mile Swim on Beach 10.

Mile Swim

A mile-long swim in the open water off of Beach 10, the Mile Swim kicked off at 8:30am. Were you at the race? Check out the action in our Mile Swim gallery, see if you can spot yourself in the crowd, and watch our videos in the player.

Beach Brawl

Beach 11 held the McDowell Wretling sponsored Beach Brawl at 11am. Check out our photo gallery to see the contestants in action.

King and Queen of Presque Isle

Beach 6 held the Swim Suit Competition to crown this year’s King and Queen of Presque Isle. More photos in our gallery.

Children’s Festival

Held at the Waterworks from 11am-4pm, the Children’s Festival has activities and workshops tailored for your little ones. Check out our gallery to see more photos.

Sitting in front of the winning sand sculpture she helped create.

Sitting in front of the winning sand sculpture she helped create.

Sand Sculpture Competition

From 7am on, competitors sculpted their spot on Beach 8, creating sandy masterpieces. “Best on the Beach,” went to Tony Smith for his Winnie the Pooh sculpture, a “people’s choice” vote by the crowd. Smith and his crew also won “Best Large Group.”

Beach 8 Music & Bonfire

Local talent from three bands entertained the crowd on Beach 8, including The O’Needers, Shotgun Jubilee, and Thirst ‘N Howl. They lit the bonfire at dusk, and Thirst ‘N Howl kept playing into the night. See if you can find your photo in our gallery.

Have your own photos? Post on GoErie.com/StreetView, and browse our user-submitted gallery to see who else has posted.

Check out our Street View videos for updates from the weekend, and stay up-to-date on all Erie events by following Street View on Facebook and @GoErieEvents on Twitter.

We’ll see you Sunday at Discover Presque Isle. Check back for photos from the duathlon and more!

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