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The shortened, four-day Clarion County Fair hit stride on Thursday as the day began with the Horse Performance Show. Competing in the pole bending event was Ella Rizzo of Rimersburg. The fair concludes today (Saturday) at Redbank Valley Municipal Park near New Bethlehem with the Derby Dogs Demolition Derby starting at 6 p.m.

CC Fair –Horse Show

Pfaff's Market carries more than 70 years of history in St. Marys

ST MARYS — Pfaff’s Market of St. Marys has been a family-owned community staple for more than 70 years.

John and Linda Fox, their daughter, Johnnie Kmetz and her husband, Jim, all run the Atlantic Street store together.

What has made the store “famous,” John Fox said, is the seven different varieties of in-house smoked sausage. It also offers different beef sticks and smoked cheeses. Another community favorite, the family said, is homemade “dillweed dip.”

The store, opened in 1948 by Bob Pfaff, is special to Fox, since he worked there in high school. The Fox family took over the business in 1997. Johnnie recalled coming in and helping at the store throughout her middle school years.

Fox, who has 37 years in the grocery store business, said when he bought the store, he was still seeing some of the same regulars he remembered from high school.

“We have met a lot of people throughout the years,” he said.

When John was off of work for nine weeks due to a health issue, he was amazed at the number of people who sent cards or came into the store to help, he says.

Kmetz, who has known the grocery business most of her life, delivers groceries to people who are unable to leave the house every Thursday. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, employees delivered every single day.

“We’re very appreciative of everyone who has been loyal to us before and during the pandemic,” she said.

Pfaff’s Market also saw many new faces throughout COVID-19, he noted, since it seemed some were avoiding the big-box stores.

Johnnie says working with family goes very smoothly, and each person plays their own role.

The store, which carries produce, necessities, frozen food and more, is much more than that to the community — it’s a place of family, John says. Part of the Pfaff’s appeal is being able to shop and support local.

“We still carry groceries out for people, and go the extra steps,” John said. “We know their first names. People will stop in just to say hi.”

For more information, visit Pfaff’s Market on Facebook or call 814-834-2061.

Groups such as the Redbank Valley High School football team stepped up to host various games at the Clarion County Fair’s midway this year. With the fair’s usual carnival company not traveling this year, sports teams and boosters, fire departments and others have kept the old-fashioned midway games going at the fairgrounds. Pictured are RVHS football players (from left) Gunner Mangiantini, Coltin Bartley and Aiden Ortz.

CC Fair –Football

Judging in the Clarion County Fair’s Beef Show was held Wednesday afternoon. Due to the pandemic and lack of a carnival and some other attractions, the fair was reduced to four days and has focused on agricultural shows, food vendors, an old-fashioned games midway, and evening motorsports shows.

CC Fair –Beef Show

The Home and Family Living building at the Clarion County Fair features a variety of handcrafted items, flowers, vegetables and more. The building is open from 1 to 6 p.m. today, the fair’s final day.

CC Fair –HomeGarden