Throughout the year the grounds are used for a number of purposes. The best known is the Schuylkill County Fair. The Schuylkill County Fair is the area’s best-attended week-long family-oriented event. Over 30,000 visitors and participants enjoy our week-long fair. The Fair celebrates Schuylkill County’s number one industry, Agri-Business. Our 4-H and FFA youth organizations, and others, showcase their products during Fair week for all to see and admire. An annual scholarships are offered to deserving youth during the Fair. The fairground is also home to the Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum, The Shadle Nature Center, The Weston Pavilion and the Bear Creek Environmental Area.
Agricultural Museum – The Ag Museum at the Fairgrounds has a number of attractions to interest the whole family. This includes an operational sawmill, Bessemer engine and other antique farming equipment. In its 21st year, the Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum’s mission is to preserve the history of local agriculture through many diverse means. The Ag Museum is open to the public during Fair week and by appointment other times of the year.
James S. Shadle Nature Center – Stroll through the shade of the trees on the fairgrounds to enjoy the environment as you step inside the Nature Center and view many of the new exhibits featuring plants, animals, geology and natural history of the area. The Nature Center is open to the public during Fair week and by appointment other times of the year.
The Weston Pavilion – located next to the Nature Center for outdoor programs
Bear Creek Environmental Area – trails meander through the lush vegetation of the grounds highlighting the diverse environment of the area. Dogs are allowed on a leash to stroll the property but not during the week of the Fair.
Activities held on Fair Grounds:
Bear Creek Festival – Festival to celebrate the environment held the third Sunday in May. Contact Schuylkill Conservation District for details at 570.622.3742 ext. 5
Horse Shows – held on Sundays during the months of May through September. See link for details.
Schuylkill Sportsman Association Norm Thornburg Conservation Camp – where adults of tomorrow learn about the preservation of our environment today. The camp is held during the summer months.
Tractor Pulls – one during the third Sunday in May and another one the first Saturday in October.
Grounds Rental – available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org 570.739.2283