Cheers to 35 Years of Farms, Family, Fair, Fun

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Walking the midway at the Schuylkill County Fair. “Cheers to 35 Years of Farms, Families, Fairs, and Fun.” (photo by Ray Silcox)

The 35th Annual Schuylkill County Fair will soon be here before you know it. It is less than a month away. The Schuylkill County Fairgrounds located at 2270 Fair Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA will be in operation during the week of July 30st through August 5th. Public hours of operation are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday opening at 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Saturday opening at 11 a.m. The theme of this year’s Fair is “Cheers to 35 Years of Farms, Family, Fair, Fun.”

Schuylkill County Fair will have a gate admission of $5 again this year making the Fair affordable to all. That five dollars includes: national entertainment on the M&T Stage, games, contests, exhibits, competitions, programs, demonstrations, hands on activities, and free parking. Gate admission price for kids 10 and under are free.

Returning to the six-day fair will be Goodtime Amusements LLC of Hellertown. They are a family run business, which provides amusement services to various non-profit organizations. Operating solely in the eastern portion of Pennsylvania. Goodtime provides their sponsors with up to 20 rides along with 15 food and game concessions. Ride bands to ride the rides will be available at a $15.00 charge to ride all day Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tuesday ride bands will be $20.00 for all day with $10.00 for a 1-5PM ride special.

Please do note that the gate admission does not include food, beverages, and carnival games. With the affordable to all $5.00 admission, the objective is to save money for families with children. Private attractions are not included in with admission price like truck pulls.

That five dollars will get you lots of good nightly entertainment on the M&T Stage. Monday on the M& T Bank Stage will feature the New Individuals bringing the sounds of the oldies and classic rock at 7 & 9 PM. The New Individuals are sponsored by Moyer’s Car Care Center. The royal crowning of the fair queen will also be on this stage between performances and scheduled to go off at 8PM. Tuesday at 7 & 9 PM the stage will be humming with the classic country sounds of Laredo. Laredo is sponsored by Hidden River Credit Union and Richard B. Ryon Insurance. Wednesday at 7 & 9 PM The Mahoney Brothers will rock the stage. Red Lion Café is sponsoring The Mahoney Brothers. Thursday at 7 & 9 PM Elvis returns, performed by Shawn Klush on the M & T Bank Stage. Shawn Klush is sponsored by Comfort Inn, Midway and Fidler Brothers Construction, Inc. Friday evening on the main stage it is all about Joe Diffie with Chad Reinert as the special guest performer. Friday evening’s entertainment is sponsored by Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson/ Motor Sports. Saturday on the M & T Stage will be the Jay and the Americans with Jesse Wade Trio as the special guest performer. Schuylkill Visitors Bureau and Pioneer Pole Buildings are sponsoring the evening performance.

Daily special attractions at the agricultural fair include Circus Incredible (amphitheater) at 6 & 8 PM. Tuesday at 2PM and Saturday 4 PM are additional performance times. Circus Incredible is a death defying high wire act. New this year as we celebrate 35 years in the community, Peggy Hentz of Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be under the Weston Pavilion at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM the entire week of fair week engaging all about the animals that she rehabilitates. Schuylkill Talent Showcase on the Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson/Motor Sports Stage will be filled with different artists at 5:30 & & 6:30 daily. Those artist to be performing are: Mon. Extreme Fitness; Tue. Artist in Motion (www.artistinmotionpa.com); Wed. Dennis Tempest; Thur. Naomi & Damon Brossman; Fri. & Sat. Tamara Wapinsky Studio (www.wapinskyvoicelessons.com).

Porcupine Pat can be found in the Shadle Nature Center sponsored by Schuylkill County Conservation District, Monday thru Friday at 5 PM; Tuesday at 1 PM, and Saturday at 4 PM. Farming for a Day (Ag-Tainment sponsored by the Dunn Family is a daily attraction. The Kids Tent will be in operation daily with natural and agricultural science based crafts operated by The Arts Barn Education Center. Walk along with the tractors in the Tractor Parade 4:30 daily. These and so many more engaging activities and entertainment can be found throughout the fairgrounds. (continued on page 2)

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