Roll up your sleeves and breakout your bib and your giant soup spoon, Roughneck Fest is just around the corner.
The 1st Annual Penn Commercial Roughneck Fest will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Oct. 14. The event is free and will feature some down-home food and fun.
Festgoers will have the opportunity to combine talent, taste, tenacity, and toughness all in a day of family friendly fun.
Roughneck Fest—the first-ever event of its kind—was designed with the oil and gas worker in mind. It is a day of fun competition, entertainment, good eating, and family activities.
Competitions include both rib and chili cook-offs, arm wrestling, strong man, truck show,
and amateur boxing with plenty of sideline challenges like mechanical bull riding and euro bungee jumping. There will be live bands on stage all day and plenty of food and beverages to keep bellies full. The competitive events and children’s rides do have entry fees, and the main event boxing in the evening will have an admission.
Put on your bibs and get ready for some gum flappin’ goodness with the rib cook off. The Principle Energy Services Rib Cook-off features many of the best barbecue vendors in the area including Bad Azz BBQ, The Flame BBQ, Big Girls BBQ, and Phartin’ Barts, as well as talented amateur pit masters like those in the Avella Volunteer Fire Department. Contestants will be judged by some heavy hitters in the gas industry and a professional food expert.
Winners of the Rib Cook-off will receive cash awards and trophies— many will be vendors at the festival joining several other food vendors. Three beverage wagons selling soda, beer, and water, sponsored by Black Bear Energy Services, will be positioned on the grounds. There will be no lack of food or drink available.
Break out the biggest spoon yah got! The Basic Energy Services Chili Cook-Off provides the public with a chance to judge, as a People’s Choice survey will determine the winners of the trophies and bragging rights for thebest chili. Individuals or company teams can compete for the title and free sampling and voting will be offered on a first-come, first served basis from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s not too late to enter the chili cook-off. Contestants can prepare their chili in advance or on-site and are asked to preregister by calling 724-627-2040.
The Oil & Gas Safety Supply Store Strong Man Competition will have roughnecks pitted against each other in such feats of strength as flipping large equipment tires, stacking full kegs, and pushing pick-up trucks. Various weight classes will run the course to compete for title and trophies will be presented from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration for entry ($10) will be held on-site from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Vroom, Vroom, Fest Goers, check out the engines. Roughneck Fest will feature some of the biggest, baddest, and best trucks in the industry. They will be on display at the Hartman & Hartman Constructors Bad Azz Truck Show. This is another chance for spectators to put in their two cents as the people’s choice determines the winners of both a company truck and personal vehicle division. If you are proud of your ride, prove it. There’s no entry fee, but space is limited so be there by 11 a.m. for a chance to compete for awards.
Roll up your sleeves for some good old-fashioned arm wrestling. The Action Well Services Arm Wrestling competition, beginning at noon, will be single elimination with six weight divisions. Professional referees will oversee the action and winners of each division will be awarded trophies. Entry fee is only $5. An additional category—the Tough Man division— has no weight restrictions and is open to all for a $10 entry fee. The winner of the Tough Man division will receive 50 percent of the pot and a trophy. Spectators watch for free.
Some of the area’s top acts will take the Meadows Racetrack and Casino Stage at Roughneck Fest throughout the day. Country fans will enjoy the Steve Smith Band while the fast paced strings of the Weed Rags will impress bluegrass fans. Classic rockers can get down with Two Thumbs up and Black Dog Hollow who will offer a little variety for everyone. Check the website for a schedule of stage entertainment.
A family friendly event, Penn Commercial Roughneck Fest will also feature a children’s area with rides and activities, including the Pixar Cars (as seen in the Disney movie) Giant Slide, Giant Bounce House, Trackless Train, and the Euro Bungee, which is fun and challenging for both kids and adults. Five dollars will buy a ride-all-day wristband.
Everyone, kids and adults, can test their skills on the Mechanical Bull, sponsored by Tri-County Oil and Gas Expo, at just five dollars a ride for all ages. You can ride just for fun, or if you dare, have your ride scored for the championship trophies to be awarded for adult male, adult female, and youth at day’s end.
The Main Event Amateur Boxing will follow Roughneck Fest, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Expo Center. A series of bouts are scheduled with three one-minute rounds. Roughneck Fest Amateur Boxing is sanctioned by USA Boxing, and requires all boxers follow USA Boxing registration procedures. Complete rules and regulations are available online by visiting www.roughneckfest.com. VIP and Special Seating options are available for advanced purchase, in addition to advertising and sponsorship opportunities.
The 1st Annual Penn Commercial Roughneck Fest is a charitable event with proceeds to benefit the Pennsylvania Firefighters Athletic League, and is being organized under the auspices of the Carrick Community Boxing Academy.
For more information about Roughneck Fest, please check the website www.roughneckfest.com.