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Forecast For Fun

2017 Fair Guide

The Wayne County Fair August 4-12

Hundreds of displays and attractions await guests at the 155th Annual Wayne County Fair in Honesdale! Friday, August 4 serves as Opening Day and kicks off nine days of family fun. When guests purchase a season ticket, they can enjoy festivities from opening day until the fair’s conclusion on August 12. Parking and rides are free with admission.

The Wayne County Fair has always had a strong agricultural focus according to representative Deborah Milliron, “It’s a place where the family meets the farm and has fun!” The agricultural area serves as a hub for local farmers and community members to connect. Visit the Red Metal Building any day to see the winners of many food and livestock competitions or check out one of the agricultural-based shows.   Since its beginning, the fair has operated a half-mile track exclusively for harness-racing, one of only a few county fairs to do so.

Earl Dibbles Jr. and Granger Smith will perform live in the grandstand on Saturday, August 12. Jake Worthington from NBC’s “The Voice” will deliver a free show in the grandstand on August 9, followed by spectacular fireworks. Kids ages 12 to 15 can now participate in a Demolition Derby, and ages 4 to 9 can test their skills at the Power Wheels Demo Derby. Over 26 rides line the midway and the popular T-Rex will be back on site with a new trainer to greet attendees!  Visit waynecountyfair.com

Harford Fair August 21-26

Celebrate 160 years of the Harford Fair in Susquehanna County. With building improvements, new family shows and the return of much-loved agricultural events, this year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever. Thursday, August 24 marks the official “Family Fun Day.” Highlights include a free arena show in the grandstands, courtesy of Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus, along with the Kiddie Tractor Pull, Magic and Illusion by Tom Yurasits and multiple livestock shows. Every day of the fair, visitors can browse food and artisan vendors. The Shade Pavilion offers covered seating and free musical performances. For those craving excitement, Houghton’s Amusements will offer a new ride along with its regular carnival attractions. The racing pigs, dugcks and goats of Hogway Speedway and Rhinestone Roper Wild West Traveling Show present three free performances daily at each end of the fairgrounds. Attendees can admire farming machinery, visit the new rabbit barn and compare the winners of food and livestock contests judged in 26 different categories. First and second place winners in the food categories are auctioned off Monday following the fair, and all proceeds benefit the fair’s scholarship fund. Along with displays, the fair provides educational demonstrations including sheep shearing and goat milking. The fair’s commitment to agriculture dates back to its beginning in 1858. During its early years, the fair celebrated local farmers’ crops and featured record-breaking cabbages and a parade of oxen teams through the tiny town of Harford. Since then, the fair has grown to a six-day event that draws over 65,000 guests. The Harford Fair is located halfway between Scranton and Binghamton. Along with typical fair attractions, it provides accessible walkways and clean grounds. On Monday, August 21, veterans and active members of the military are admitted free with ID. Visit harfordfair.com beat the crowds. Call (570) 390-4440.

Green Dreher Sterling Fair August 26-September 4

For it’s 100th anniversary, the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland has a star-studded entertainment lineup and agricultural displays that continues its century-long tradition of delivering, “country scenes and blue-ribbon dreams.” This year’s headlining act is country singer/songwriter Audra McLaughlin, who will perform on Wednesday, August 26 at 6 p.m. McLaughlin gained international recognition after performing on the sixth season of NBC’s “The Voice.” The fair will also feature Dave Martin’s Championship Rodeo, Bullride Mania, and several other new entertainers. The Gondola Ferris Wheel is just one of the fair’s many new attractions, which joins the many other amusement, rides provided by Skelly’s Entertainment. The GDS Fair began in 1917 by a group of schoolteachers in the area who wished to showcase their students’ handiwork. From the beginning, the fair’s mission was to promote the community’s agricultural lifestyle and educate the public about farm life. Nearly a century later, it continues to uphold this mission by including many agricultural displays and contests. Visitors are welcome to donate to a food pantry bucket set up at the entrance. Not only does the fair continue to showcase students’ work, but it also gives scholarships to area children to further promote their education. “We’ve remained true to our original mission– keeping it about agriculture and focusing less on commercial aspects of the fairs of today,” says fair representative Katrina Foster. “We are still old-fashioned and country.” Visit www.gdsfair.com.

Wyoming County Community Fair August 30 September 4

Named “Voice Duo of the Year” at the ACM and CMA Awards, the Brothers Osborne bring their talent to Northeast PA! Their live performance is one of many highlights at this year’s Wyoming County Community Fair in Meshoppen. Every day of the fair features a variety of shows including sword-swallowers, knife-throwers and fire-eaters from the World of Wonders act. The Wild World of Animals allows visitors to get close to exotic arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Wood carver Dennis Beech returns to demonstrate his skills. Other popular returning events, including the Lawnmower Pulls, High School Rodeo and grounds shows. Local bands perform throughout the day, and the Brothers Osborne will deliver a live concert on Saturday, September 2 at 7 p.m. The Wyoming County Fair originated in 1857. “The fair was held to promote the county and its agricultural products give local farmers the opportunity to get together and relax after the summer harvest,” explained Publicity Chairperson Ashley Burke. Though the fair ceased operation during World War II, it has since been revitalized and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Excluding the major concert, all events are included in the admission price. Seniors receive free admission on Wednesday, August 30 and Monday, September 4, and veterans may enter for free on Saturday, September 2. Visit www.wyomingcountyfair.com

Sullivan County Fair August 30-September 4

The “biggest little fair in the state” returns to the fairgrounds along Loyalsock Creek in Forksville. With livestock exhibits, a wide variety of entertainment and community vendors, the fair has something for the whole family to enjoy. Families should be sure to check out the outdoor show, “Holy Cow, Mr. Pig and Bully the Longhorn Bull.” The playful act is held all week and will delight kids of all ages. The Kiddie Demo Derby, another much-loved event, returns at noon on Saturday, September 2. Hungry fairgoers will enjoy delicious “carnival food” at a booth hosted by the Sullivan County Shooting Sports Club. In the past decade, the club has produced two Olympic athletes, and proceeds from the fair booth provide high school kids the opportunity to pursue shooting sports. This year, admission is free for senior citizens and veterans on Thursday, August 31. Along with providing family fun, the fair also places a strong emphasis on agriculture. Local 4-H students showcase their animals while draft horses and tractors perform in strength pulling competitions. “These are all events that are close to a farmer’s heart,” explains fair representative Jody Lambert. “It is a true community event as neighbors and friends from across the county (and outside of it) gather to socialize, participate and watch all the traditional events.” No outside vendors have ever been hired since the fair’s inception in 1851. Many of the original buildings are still in operation today. In this way, the fair has maintained a down-to-earth, community atmosphere that so many guests have grown to love. Visit www.sullivancountyfair.com.

Luzerne County Fair September 6-10

Country singer and songwriter Craig Boyd captivated the nation on Season seven of “The Voice,” and his voice will entertain guests at the 55th Annual Luzerne County Fair! Along with stellar musical acts, the fair held in Dallas, PA features rides, food vendors and a variety of agricultural shows. Since its beginnings in 1962, the Luzerne County Fair has delivered an environment filled with entertainment and education. With a focus on educating the public about agriculture, the fair hosts local 4-H clubs and livestock owners each year. Visitors will find cows, pigs, horses, chickens, sheep and even bunnies in the barn. There is a new lineup of activities each year, but there are always rides for kids, stage acts and display tents for all to enjoy. Be sure to check out this year’s antique tractor display, and don’t miss Craig Boyd’s performance on Friday, September 9! For 55 years, the fair has truly been a community experience. “We work tirelessly to keep the fair a fun and safe environment for all ages,” says fair representative Brenda Pugh. “It is made up of community service clubs and is a registered not for profit organization.” Visit www.luzernecountyfair.com.

Bloomsburg Fair September 22-30

The state’s largest fair features live music, delicious food and family friendly entertainment. Kids can experience the daily “mutton busting” event! Those under 50 pounds can sign up to ride a sheep for as long as they can. This unique event fosters agricultural appreciation and education. This year, the fair will feature Gypsy Vanner and Friesland Hhorses for the first time. These majestic creatures with long, flowing manes are often featured in motion pictures and will be on display in the livestock area during the week. Also in the agricultural section, visitors can attend new agricultural programs focused on local dairy products. Cheese made from the dairy barn’s milking parlor will also be available for purchase. In order to learn more about farm life, kids can ride a peddle tractor and milk an imitation cow. Additional activities range from carriage and helicopter rides to carnival attractions on the midway. Big name entertainment includes Martina McBride, TobyMac and Chicago. Since 1855, the Bloomsburg Fair has maintained strong ties with the community. In partnership with local 4-H clubs, fair members participate in local parades and visit the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. “We’re not just a big carnival,” explains Director of Livestock Jeff Giger. “Keeping our agricultural fair roots strong continues to give our fair a unique showcase.” Visit bloomsburgfair.com –Megan Kane