93rd Annual County Fair Gets Under Way Sunday
With promises of delectable treats, smash ‘em up demolition derbies and plenty of livestock on display, area residents are sure to find something to tickle their fancy when the Fulton County Fair gets under way this Sunday.
The Fulton County Fair Board of Directors comprised of President Paul Schmidt, Vice President Pat Bard, secretary Michelle DeShong and treasurer Jana Malot, along with other members of the community are making last minute preparations to ensure the 93rd annual event set for August 11 through August 17 runs smoothly. Among those details is preparing for the arrival of Gov. Tom Corbett.
According to Malot, the governor is tentatively slated to swing by the McConnellsburg fairgrounds located at 888 Lincoln Way East on Saturday, August 17. His 6:30 p.m. visit coincides with the 4-H/FFA junior livestock sale as well as the new garden tractor pull sponsored by Eastern Garden Tractor Pullers.
Even though the fair won’t officially begin until Sunday with the 8:30 a.m. open horse show, the 6:30 p.m. vesper services by the Mc- Connellsburg Ministerium followed by Beta Sigma Phi’s Fulton County Fair Queen Pageant, youths and adults can use Saturday to begin checking in their fair exhibits ranging from fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden to photographs and baked goods. Check-in Saturday and Sunday runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then again Monday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Monday’s exciting schedule of events includes several new offerings such as the skid-loader competition with equipment from Best Line Equipment at 6 p.m. and the new four-wheeler rodeo at 7:30 p.m. The baked goods sale held in exhibit building No. 1A will begin at 9:30 p.m. All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit Fulton County Camp Cadet.
Due to its continued sponsorship and support of the annual county fair, Tuesday, August 13, has been proclaimed Community State Bank Day. Gates will open at 2 p.m. 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 2 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 semitruck event will begin. A bike giveaway, compliments of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., will wrap up the day’s events.
On Wednesday, August 14, also known as Buchanan Auto Park and Hagerstown Speedway Day, the compact car demo derby will continue to please the crowd as will the farm stock tractors (gas and diesel) and 4X4 gas pickup pulls Thursday evening. As part of Thursday’s itinerary, which includes free admission to senior citizens between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., seniors can enjoy free bingo and entertainment sponsored by Tri- State Community Health Center, Fulton County Medical Center and F&M Trust.
Phantom Fireworks Day gets under way Friday with four-wheeler 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, Mc- Connellsburg Motor & Implements and Ridersville Cycle, will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. Signup for the event is at 3 p.m., followed bya4p.m.practicesession. 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 day’s events will also include a novice horseshoe-pitching tournament, lawn mower racing for modified and stock models and the new garden tractor pull.
Fair officials further noted that each evening, Monday through Saturday, a flat-screen television will be given away at 10 p.m. You must be present to win.
Gate admission throughout the week, aside from Sunday and Tuesday, is $8 with rides or $6 without rides. Children ages 2 and under can enter for free but admission does not include rides. Season passes are also available to those interested for $25 (rides not included); $40 (mega pass with rides). Passes are available through Monday, August 12, until 8 p.m.
Mid Valley Amusements of Middleburg, Pa., is providing the midway entertainment and rides throughout the week.