See You Next Year
2017 Schuylkill County Fair
July 31 - Aug. 5
A Heartfelt THANK YOU!
The 2016 Schuylkill County Fair, a six day event open to the public for their enjoyment has come and gone. This year we celebrated with the theme of “We have good things growing.” Again this year with the help and support of the community, a core group of volunteers brought the largest single event to Schuylkill County; a window into the agriculture community and our heritage.
Every year for the past 33 years we have been presenting an annual exhibit of farm, home, vocational, FFA, 4-H and general products to: encourage public interest in utilizing modern and economical best practices production methods; and to foster county-wide cooperation in areas of agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, family, living, 4-H, FFA and other civic interest of the citizens of Schuylkill County. In plain words a county fair with our mission to educate the general public about managing our resources within the agriculture industry and agriculture’s direct impact on our daily lives through both our youth and adult population. Through countless hours of sweat and exhaustion the 2016 Schuylkill County Fair once again became reality. Bringing to our community a clean, honest, wholesome and family fun packed event.
Taking a moment to highlight and thank some of those who help make the 2016 Schuylkill County Fair unique to the area where “We grew Better things.” Growing better with each year is the Farming for a Day program brought forth by the Dunn Family of Home town Farmer’s Market. The return of the kids maze and beginning of a new tradition the pedal tractor oval brought forth by Morgan Meadow’s Farm and the Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club. The Arts Barn of Orwigsburg, new to the fair, did a fabulous job bringing educational art related activities to the young and young at heart putting the “A” of Agriculture into Art; speaking of art the Walk In Art Center debuting their “Wall” for everyone’s involvement of that they want to do “before they die.”
Talent abounds in Schuylkill County. Taping into that local talent pool is what the Fair tries to do each year as “We grew better things” by connecting with the talent in the area. Monday night shined with the performance of Schuylkill ShowStoppers. Talented performers with roots in Schuylkill County lit up the stage. This would have not been possible without the creative team of Lois Ann Maley, Emily Ehlinger, and Sally Bair and is supported by Delores Huntsinger. The indoor stage featured LA Dance Theatre where the theatre performed a number of short dance routines featuring younger members of the group. Vivian’s Dance Studio (570.385.2121) featured a number of talented performers in motion. Wednesday Xtreme Fitness Saint Clair took the stage and put a few of you through an extreme workout. The Minor Notes Chorale performed a number of vocal pieces. Tamara Wapinsky Studio belted out a number of vocal favorites. A big thank you to all the talented performers that graced the stages of the fair with their performances.
Performance is one of the many words to describe the track events at the Fair. Out perform is what the “track boys” did this year making the Fair “Grow better things.” The “track boys” put in countless hours preparing the track and staging area for the pulls. Because of their hard work the public saw multiple performances on the track surface. Local truck pulls started the week off and antique tractors finished the week. In between, the public was treated to big rig pulls, side by side drags, celebrity pulls and a BMX stunt show. A “BIG” thank you to the “track boys” for growing a better event year after year.
To all who work behind the scenes to make the Fair “grow better” with each year a Heartfelt THANK YOU is sent to you. To the entertainment committee who meets monthly reviewing and selecting performers, and then spends countless hours preparing the stage venues for those performances to go off without a hitch. To the volunteers that prepare the building and grounds of the 73 acre site; no small task. To the FARM Food Stand volunteers who exhaust themselves in the insurmountable job of feeding volunteers, fair families and general public. To the sponsors that believe in what the Schuylkill County Fair is about. To the organizers, planners, schedulers, conductor, marketer and most notably the volunteers that work diligently year round to bring this event to the County of Schuylkill a Final THANK YOU.
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