2012-08-09 / Front Page

92nd Annual Fulton County Fair Gets Under Way Sunday

Special lawn mower races set for this Saturday evening
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
NEWS EDITOR

Residents will be lining up outside the Fulton County Fairgrounds’ gates later this week to kick off a week filled with fun, food and fellowship.

After months and months of preparations, the 92nd annual Fulton County Fair is slated to get under way Sunday, August 12. Local residents, however, will be able to get an advanced, sneak peek at the action-packed schedule this Saturday night when lawn mower racing comes back to town.

Fair officials reported both modified and stock models can be registered for the event sponsored by the Fulton County Small Engine Club starting at 5:30 p.m. Racing will begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is free Saturday night as well as Sunday, which will get started with an open horse show at 8:30 a.m.

Youths and adults can also bring and enter their fair exhibits ranging from fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden to photographs and baked goods. Exhibits are accepted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday and again Monday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule of events wouldn’t be complete without the McConnellsburg Ministerium’s 6:30 p.m. vesper services or the much-anticipated Fulton County Fair Queen Pageant. At 8 p.m., two contestants will be using their beauty and brains to take home the coveted title and crown.

Morgan Strait, the daughter of Warfordsburg residents Brian and Gerri Strait, and Libby Strayer, the daughter of Richard and Tammy Strayer of McConnellsburg, will be vying for the crown (see related front page story). The event is sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

On Monday, the demo car appliance race will be the new featured activity highlighting the day’s events. The race will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the annual baked goods sale. All proceeds from the sale have been earmarked to benefit a local charity.

Due to their contributions to the fair, Tuesday, August 14, has been proclaimed Community State Bank Day. Gates will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday as part of Family Day, with admission at the gate listed as $6 (includes rides) for children 12 and under. Gate admission for individuals over 12 is $6 or $8 for admission with rides. Children two and under are admitted for free, but this does not include rides, fair officials said.

The Little Miss Fair Queen Contest, organized and sponsored by Susquehanna Bank, is also Tuesday and will get started at 6 p.m. An hour later, the diesel 4X4 truck pull and semi truck event will begin. A bike giveaway compliments of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will wrap up the day’s events.

On Wednesday, August 15, the full-size and compact car demo derby will continue to please the crowd as will the newly created local farm stock gas and diesel tractor pull and 4X4 gasoline pickup truck pull Thursday evening. Participation in the tractor and truck pulls are restricted to Fulton County residents as well as residents of bordering counties.

As part of Thursday’s itinerary, which includes free admission to senior citizens between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., seniors can also enjoy free bingo and entertainment sponsored by Tri-State Community Health Center and F&M Trust.

Phantom Fireworks Day gets under way Friday with fourwheeler drag races at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m., and participants are eligible to begin the registration process at 3 p.m. and practice at 4 p.m. Racing, which is sponsored by Sean’s ATV Connection, RH Bunch Construction, Harryman’s True Value, Mamma’s Pizza and Ridersville Cycle, will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. The day will round out with a beautiful fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., compliments of Phantom Fireworks.

After a week of judging, primping and preparing their livestock, Saturday, also known as JLG Industries Day, will wrap up with the 4-H/FFA Livestock sale at 6 p.m. The evening’s events will also include a mini-rod tractor pull, compliments of the Shenandoah Valley Pullers.

Fair officials further noted that a flatscreen television will be given away at 10 p.m. each evening. You must be present to win.

Gate admission throughout the week, aside from Sunday and Tuesday, is $8 admission with rides or $6 without rides. Children ages 2 and under can enter for free, but this price does not include rides. Season passes are also available to those interested for $25 (without rides); or $40 (Mega pass with rides). Passes are available through Monday, August 13, until 8 p.m.

Mid Valley Amusements of Middleburg, Pa. is providing the midway entertainment and rides throughout the week.

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