Tuesday Is A Day to be a Kid Again


Kids always enjoy themselves on Kids Day at the Schuylkill County Fair. This year’s Kids day is Tuesday, July 31. Gates open at 11 AM. (Photo by: Ray Silcox)

What:              Everyone is invited to a kid again on Tuesday, July 31st.  It is a day filled with food, fun activities, educational exercises and entertainment.  The day starts at 11AM when the gates open to the public.  And new this year, everything is open.  A new ride company, Goodtime Amusements out of Hellertown, PA is operating the rides opening at 1PM.

If a fair goer comes a little early on Tuesday, you may see the alpaca show in progress followed by the sheep show.   4-H/FFA members show off their breeding and market animals in front of a seasoned judge, who in their opinion, determine which animals are superior.   Don’t forget to see those cantankerous goats at 3 PM in the Ag Arena for some fun and laughs.

The Schuylkill Ballet Theatre will be performing Tuesday afternoon on the M & T Stage.  They are coming of their most recent and very successful production of “The Sleeping Beauty.”  The Theatre will be perform excerpts from this production.  The classic fairy tale of Princess Aurora unfolds as a curse is cast upon in her early years of life. It is said that on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger and die. Aurora’s Godmother- The Lilac Fairy intervenes and softens the curse to 100 years of slumber. Only loves first kiss can awaken the “Sleeping Beauty!”

Lunch under the trees of the Dr. James S. Shadle Nature Center and later take in the educational hands on stations in the center. The Nature Center will be set up with a number of interactive nature learning stations.  Make a bracelet learning the cycles of the earth.  Learn about the natural elements through hands on activities. These are some of the nature activities under the direction Porcupine Pat.

The Kids Tent has many activities going on inside and immediately outside the tent area on Kids Day.  The Kids tent is being operated this year by The Arts Barn Education Center.  Inside the tent you will finding engaging crafts based upon agriculture and nature.  Outside the tent you will find many creative contests just for this day. These are some of the contest going on for the day include:   Frozen T-shirt, and Cupcake Challenge.   Visit the Kids Tent for times of these contests.   In addition to these contests the kid’s area has many more contests in which to participate.   Cool off with an ice cream eating contest.  Fill your hunger with Pie and slurp some Jell-O eating while washing it all down with participation in the Milk Chugging Contest.  Exercise off all that you ate with the pedal tractor pull run by the Agriculture Museum or take a more relaxed attitude and watch for the Tractor Parade put on by the Ag Museum at 4:30 as it wonders throughout the fairgrounds.   All of these contests and more may be found in and around the Kid’s Tent.

Stop by a special exhibit of butterflies.  The Folk’s Butterfly Farm out of Nescopeck will be at the Fair for one day only, Tuesday, July 31.  They will be bringing a smaller size version of the butterfly tent as found in most recent years at the PA State Farm Show in January.  The tent will be up and operational for the public to visit with the butterflies between the hours of 3 and 7 PM.  Also during this time staff for the butterflies will be doing some educational presentations for the public on the indoor stage.

Don’t miss the Youth Obstacle Contest.  The contest, sure to get a lot of media coverage, will be held at 6PM in the Ag Arena.   Youth exhibitors will to the best of their ability work a species of livestock in, around and through various obstacles.  The youth are up for the challenge and it is sure to be an Ag-citement event.

Some big kids will be taking the track at 7PM for the Lucas Oil East Coast National Pull.  Featuring Multi –Engine Modified Tractors, Hot Farm tractors, Limited Pro Stock Semi’s, Modified Tractors, and East Coast Diesel – Pro Stock Diesel FWD Trucks.

Top off Kids Day with a sweet treat by sampling the desserts of the Schuylkill County Wine Contest at 5PM.  Take the treat with you as you go to watch the evening’s entertainment on the M&T Bank stage which is the Laredo.  They will be performing at 7 and 9PM.  Laredo is sponsored by Hidden River Credit Union and Richard B. Ryon Insurance.    Play the whole day at the Schuylkill County Fair and be a kid again.

Visual Opportunities: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

  • Alpaca/Sheep Show
  • Fair Opens to the Public at 11AM
  • Jell-O Eating
  • Frozen T-shirt Contest
  • Goodtimes Amusement Rides Open to Public
  • Schuylkill Ballet Theater
  • Folks Butterfly Farm w/ Presentations
  • Cup Cake Challenge
  • Ice Cream Eating
  • Tractor Parade
  • Pie Eating
  • Milk Chugging
  • Market Goat Show
  • Safe Horse Handling – Equine Barn
  • Cooking with Schuylkill County Wine Contest
  • Pedal Tractor Pull
  • Youth Obstacle Contest
  • Laredo (Classic Country) Sponsored by Hidden River Credit Union and Richard B Ryon Insurance
  • Lucas Oil / East Coast National Pull
    • Multi Engine Modified Tractors
    • Hot Farm Tractor
    • Limited Pro Stock Semi’s
    • East Coast Diesel – Pro stock Diesel FWD Truck

Sponsored by Reynmil Inc. Forest Products, Kistler Transportation, Alpine Building Supply, M. Weider Trucking Inc., Kistler Farms, Minersville Auto Parts

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 – Artist in Motion
  • Porcupine Pat, Naturalist
  • Farming for A Day

 When:                             Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Where:                      Schuylkill County Fair Grounds

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