Drink a Cold One Thursday


Check out the Sale of Champions at the Schuylkill County Fair, Thursday, August 2 starting at 6 PM. See this event and so much more. L to R: Robert Dunn, Kayla Biegie and Andrea Dunn. (Photo by: Ray Silcox)

What:         Everyone is invited to drink a cold one at the Schuylkill County Fair on Thursday, Aug 2. That is to drink a tall, cold glass of milk. The day starts early for the 4-H/FFA dairy exhibitors as many will rise around 5AM to start the process of preparing their dairy animal for exhibit.  Special care will be taken to see that the animals are cleaned and groomed to perfection.  The show will start at 9AM with a showmanship class where 4-H/FFA exhibitors compete for top honors in their ability to display their animal to the judge.  This will be followed by a long day of exhibiting various breeds of cows in classes divided by the age of the cow.  The dairy show is sponsored by Hometown Farmers Market.

Stroll through the shade of the trees at the Fairgrounds, to the James S. Shadle Nature Center.  Enjoy a change of pace during a busy Fair day.  Inside the Nature Center view many of the new exhibits featuring plants, animals, geology and natural history of the area.  Speak with Porcupine Pat about the latest environmental issues and their impact on the area.  The Nature Center will be set up with a number of interactive nature learning stations.  Some of the stations include understand the circles of the earth through making an earth bracelet.  The earth provides us with everything we need to survive.  We must take great care of our valuable resources.  Edible Soil activity addresses the elements of soil.  Sun Visor helps you keep the sun out of your eyes and address the value of the sun.  The Air Pressure Station shows the presence of air.  And “Water Cycle Bracelet” stations how the earth rehydrates itself.  These nature center stations are a great way to understand why we need to keep a close watch and provide a helping hand with our environment.

The Ag Museum at the Fair has a number of attractions to interest the whole family.  In its 24th year, the Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum’s mission is to preserve the history of local agriculture through many diverse means.  The museum offers self-guided tours, exhibits operating antique farm machinery, equipment, engines, woodworking tools, a sawmill and household appliances.  A chalk board at the Ag Museum welcome area lists the schedule of the day’s events.  Sure to be listed is a small agricultural equipment operation demonstration with the hit and miss engines.   Speaking of demonstrations there are the milling of wood in the saw mill area.

Not to be missed and listed daily on the chalk board is the Bessemer hit-n-miss engine.   A working piece of history, this engine was used on to provide energy to factories in 1800 and early 1900. Inclusive with the engines and tractors are the People Choice Awards where the public may vote on their favorite tractor.

“Farming for A Day” is back and bigger than ever under a larger tent for this year’s 2018 Schuylkill County Fair.   The Farming for the Day has added several new activity stations.   In the tent this year there are stations where young and old alike can make a living necklace to wear proudly.  While creating a living necklace, add some more jewelry to your collection by creating pasta jewelry.  Adding to these two stations is the corn grinding station.  Here, using more muscle, children may grind corn into cornmeal and wheat into flour.   View the drone bees in action making honey in the hive and try to pick out the queen bee.    Back again at one of the activity stations children are able to squeeze a pail of sweet creamy milk.  This is from the model milking cow presented by the Dunn Family in memory of Robert “Bobby” Dunn.  Learning by doing at this activity station enable children to learn how much work is involved with milking dairy cows two – three times a day and that chocolate milk does not come from brown cows.   Bobby Dunn, through his “heart of a kid and patience” as an ambassador of agriculture, would have like children to learn that it takes a lot of work to produce that cold refreshing glass of milk.  From the milking station, kids can churn butter from sweet cream donated by Guers Dairy.  Cluck like a chicken when you make a chicken clunker out of a plastic cup and string.  Grow some hair on a head with the soil Sam (chia-pet).   Go buggy when making the flying grasshopper.  Play a game of corn bag toss.  These new activity stations are just part of the many other activity stations found in the Farming for a Day tent.  Stop by the Farming for a Day tent and learn about the life of a farmer.  While you are in the tent, say a big thank you to the Tri-Valley FFA and the Dunn Family for making the Farming for the Day possible.  It is their commitment to Agriculture and a strong work ethic shown by both the Dunn Family and Tri-Valley FFA.  The children are our future and Agriculture is what makes that future strong.

The 34 annual 4-H and FFA Livestock sale will be held on Thursday evening.  Quality livestock at reasonable prices will be auctioned by Robert Derfler, Auctioneer of Pine Grove.  The sale starts promptly at 6 PM in the Livestock Show Ring of the Schuylkill County Fair.  The FARM Scholarship will be handed out to the 2018 candidate and a buyer’s award will be recognized.   Buyers may register to bid on an animal starting at 4PM and enjoy a complementary light meal until the auction starts.  A buyers reception precedes the sale and begins at 4:30.

Livestock for sale are owned and raised by 4-H/FFA members, who have put a lot of time and hard work into growing and training the animals for this event.  The animals selected by the 4-H/FFA members are chosen for their superior genetics and raised on special diets to present an optimum quality animal for the consumer.

Proceeds for the sale of these animals go back to the 4-H/FFA members to help with cost of purchasing and feeding the animal.  For further information on the purchase of one of these quality animals see attached brochure on the Schuylkill County Fair website at www.schuylkillfair.com .   The 4-H and FFA members invite you to purchase a quality animal for your use at the Schuylkill County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.

On the M & T Stage Shawn Klush will perform as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. At 7 and 9 PM.  Shawn Klush is sponsored by comfort inn Midway and Fidler Brothers Construction, Inc.  Premium seating is available for this performance.  Want to be up close and personal with Shawn Klush as Elvis?   If so, the fair has arrange some accommodations for you.  The Fair is offering Premium Seating at this evening’s performance. Obtain your Premium Seating for only $15.00 for the entire evening performance.  With Premium Seating you don’t have to come to the fair extra early and plant your lawn chair and guard your spot. Arrive for the evening’s stage performance minutes before the performer goes on and relax in a chair provided by the Fair.

Reserved Premium Seating arrangements may be made with Grace Karrer at (570.527.8240).  A Premium Seat ticket may be purchased for any person age 2 and up.  Checks or Money Orders made payable to FARM/Schuylkill County Fair and mailed to Schuylkill County Fair c/o Grace Karrer 312 N. Second Street, Saint Clair, PA 17970.  Orders will be filled with the best available seat and processed according to the date revived.  Seats are provided by the Fair.  Get your requests in early as there are only 80 reserved seats available for that evening’s performance.

All of this and lots more are to be had at the Schuylkill County Fair.  Plenty of food can be found on the midway and don’t forget to ride the rides to your heart’s or stomach content.  Rides are provided by Goodtime Amusement of Hellertown, PA.  To think you get this for one price at the Schuylkill County Fair.  For the latest information on the Fair see the web site www.schuylkillfair.com.

Visual Opportunities: Thur. Aug 2, 2018

  • Dairy Show
  • Fair Opens to the Public at 4 PM
  • 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale
  • Gaits of the Horse
  • Tractor Parade
  • Shawn Klush (Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist)  Sponsored by Comfort Inn Midway & Fidler Brothers Construction, Inc.

Other Notable Visual Opportunities:

  • Circus Incredible
  • Peggy Hentz – Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Kids Area Activities operated by The Arts Barn Education Center
  • Schuylkill Talent Showcase – Naomi & Damon Brossman
  • Porcupine Pat, Naturalist
  • Farming for A Day


When:                    Thursday, August 2, 2018

Where:                Schuylkill County Fair Grounds

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