While some may argue Oley is best known for the amount of cows, there was plenty to see last weekend at the annual Oley Community Fair.The event that spanned Sept. 18-20 for the community wasn't "just something to do," but a way to celebrate the history of the area, to participate in the Oley community and have fun in a lively country fair setting.

"This is what makes Oley very unique. We have a community that cares," said fair president Kevin Bieber.

With featured music, games and rides this year's fair did not disappoint the locals.

The Berks-Mont Newspaper booth offered free copies of the newspaper and accepted news tips. We also offered sunglass visors and trick-or-treat bags.

The food and food contests pulled in the hungry locals.

I made sure I got in line for tickets early enough so I could get something good to eat. Later on, I was told ticket lines stretched out yards and yards.

Walking back to my booth, I woofed down a hamburger, a kraut loaded hot dog and fries. Then, I "shared" a vanilla milk-shake with Berks-Mont circulation receptionist Chris Samsel.

Also on the menu was funnel cake, cotton candy and sandwiches.

Traveling bands meandered through the pavillion, while marching, concert and youth bands performed songs for crowds.

At night, the lights on the midway rides lit up the fair while attendees enjoyed the nice weather.

The morning tractor pulls rounded up onlookers behind the parking field.

Livestock judging contests yielded blue ribbons to many local farmers and handlers.

Personally, I've enjoyed livestock presentations at fairs.

With close to 50,000 in attendance, the fair reminds those familiar to the area and those who are visiting the county that in the heart of Berks lies an ideal way of life.

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