Schuylkill County residences have an opportunity for a great “Stay-cation,” August 1 – 6, 2016. Mark your calendars for the 33rd annual Schuylkill County Fair. It will be right in your own back yard shortly. Just a short ride along Route 895 from the blinker light on Route 183, Summit Station. “We have good things growing,” now you can come to experience the pure Ag-excitement.
Included in a one very reasonably priced admission, you will be entertained by nationally and locally recognized artists. Ride the carnival rides with a purchased band put on by Goodtimes Amusement Company. Engage yourself in the many contests, activities, programs, and exhibits that the fair has to offer. Did I mention free parking with all of this?
Young and the young at heart can find something to experience at the Schuylkill County Fair. The Fair has four venues of entertainment to help you sit and relax while being entertained. The Torres Family Circus will thrill you with death defying stunts. Our own Peggy Hentz of the Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center or Mrs. U Zoo RevUe can be found in the Weston Pavilion under the cool shade of the trees near the Nature Center. Be amazed by the talent found here in Schuylkill County with different acts nightly participating in the Schuylkill Talent Show Case on Schaeffer Harley Davidson Indoor Stage. See local talent from areas around the county like the LA Dance Theatre, Vivian’s Dance Studio, or Xtreme Fitness Saint Clair. Hear and see the soothing voices of The Minor Notes Chorale or Tamara Wapinsky vocal excellence. Nightly entertainment on the M&T Band Stage include: Monday, Schuylkill ShowStoppers; Tuesday, Crazy Hearts; Wednesday, Jesse Wade Gang; Thursday, Shawn Klush as Elvis; Friday, Little Texas with guest performer our own Chad Reinert ; Saturday, David Cassidy in Concert with special guest Rusty Foulke round out the week. Prior David Cassidy in Concert you can see local talent of the Schuylkill County Idols.
Visit with the old timers in the Farm Museum and learn about agriculture a century ago. Engage in hands on learning with Porcupine Pat, naturalist, in the Shadle Nature Center. Watch Todd Gladfelder carve a sculpture out of a solid block of wood.
Want to really experience learning through agriculture. Then visit the Farming for the Day Tent where children can experience the many hands on activities. Find Farmer Fehr and learn through the scavenger hunt solving clues to see that animals that belong in Farmer Fehr’s barnyard. Learn a little about agriculture form the livestock perspective while solving the clues.
If you are a kid or want to be one again then the Kids Tent is the place for you. The Kids Tent will be operating daily by The Arts Barn Education Center. They will engage children in hands on learning through crafts based upon agriculture and nature. Here you can add some color to the kids coloring contest. Outside the Kids tent is where you want to explore your competitive spirit through some of the many kids contests. Fill your tummy with Jell-O, Ice cream, pie and milk in one of the many eating contests. Roll out some toilet paper in the toilet paper toss, or use some pedal power in the pedal tractor pull. Run and fill up a container in the Wet sponge race. Catapult a mini marshmallow, hop into a sack or relay that egg. Give that bale of hay a toss. Scramble in the sawdust for pennies and candy. Be a kid again.
Engage yourself in a fly casting demonstration or put on by Troup Unlimited or Schuylkill County. Shoot some arrows at the floating ping pong balls in the Hoverball court. Learn about “The Tree Ring Circus” from area forester with DCNR. Make a tree cookie.
Did you say you want to come to the fair to see the animals? Come see the alpacas, horses, steers, cows, goats, rabbits and pigs. See them in action in various shows, judging, fitting and showmanship competitions. Come see a number of notable county celebrities try their hand at taking livestock through obstacles under the direction of youth exhibitors in the Ag Arena. See how well trained some of the animals are as they are put through a course. Shown to the best of their ability, exhibitors compete in the Master Livestock Contest. Test your knowledge of agriculture in the family feud. Celebrities can also be found trying their hands on the throttle of a tractor in the Celebrity Tractor pulling competition.
Roar of the engine is more your speed, then there are two nights of truck pulls. Monday night for the local boys at the pulls with Diesel and Gas truck pulls. Also on Monday you can see the return of the Side By Diesel Truck Drag Races. Tuesday night is powered by Lucas Oil East Coast National Pull where dirt pounding 466 Hot Farm Tractors, Limited Pro Stock Semi’s and East Coast Diesel Pro Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Trucks take the track. . A new sled for pulling is being brought in for these events. Come out to the Fair to see the expanded track made just for these events. There are also the antique tractor pulls on Saturday, and a daily tractor parade.
All of this is your line up in your own backyard for a great 6 day “Stay-cation.”
Schuylkill County Fair runs August 1 – 6 where “We have good things growing.” 33 years and growing better with each year. For more information about the Fair visit the fair web site at www.schuylkillfair.com or follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook.