Fair Patron First

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See all the animals at the Schuylkill County Fair on Saturday, August 4 from 11 AM to 10 PM. Get up close and personal for a full day of events at the Fair. (Photo by: Ray Silcox)

We have heard you.  Family Day, Saturday, August 4 at the Schuylkill County Fair will be different this year.  As we celebrate 35 years as a fair and look towards future fairs, the Fair has made a major change in the release of their livestock.  Animals will not be released from the grounds until Sunday, August 5th.

So how does that relate to “we have heard you.”  You the patron of the Fair have expressed disappointment when visiting the Fair on Saturday when the animals were being dismissed.   Fairgoers found the barns being emptied out.  Some of the barns were empty completely.  A group of consciences parents and leaders within the 4-H program got together and voiced your and their concerns to the Livestock Committee.  The Livestock Committee is a subcommittee of the all-volunteer Schuylkill County Fair Association.  The parents and leaders voices were heard and a vote was taken.  The democratic process prevailed and the animals will stay the entire time the Fair is open to the public.

This change will give families the entire day, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 4 to enjoy the entire fair including all the livestock. Bring your lawn chairs and review the schedule of events and plan an entire day at the fair. If that is too long, go home and come back for the evening entertainment. The one thing you won’t have to worry about this year if you can’t bring the family to the fair until Saturday afternoon is that the animals will still be there waiting for your visit.

This schedule change for not releasing the livestock until Sunday does create the issue of clean up being put off an additional day, but you the patron are being put first. After a very exhausting week exhibiting the glamorous side of all that feeds, clothes and fuels this great country of ours, the various farm families are going to be exhausted.   But again they want you to better understand the Agriculture industry.  They want you to get a grass roots look at Agriculture so you can form your own opinion about how this industry runs this country without the bias of media.  So this is your opportunity, you the Fair patron, will have ample opportunity to get up close and personal with the various animals that can be fund here in Schuylkill and surrounding counties.   The Fair is a celebration of our agricultural community. .   We want you to help celebrate this American institution that we call Agriculture.   Cheers to  35 Years of FARM, FAMILY, FAIR and all the FUN to be had at the Schuylkill County Fair.

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