Top 10 things to do at the Lebanon Area Fair

Posted July 19, 2019

This sponsored press release is paid advertising by the Lebanon Area Fair.

The Lebanon Area Fair is a busy place with eight days of fun, excitement, and delicious food every where you turn. The Fair’s board members came up with their recommendations of the Top 10 Things to Do at the Fair.

  1. Meet royalty, and not just the Fair Queen. The Fair is a showcase of the area’s agricultural commodities and this year Fairgoers can learn about them from more than a dozen local royal ambassadors. The Lebanon County Dairy Promotion team is 10-members strong and is proud to represent dairy farmers and retailers this year. Find them in the dairy barns all week long. Look for Ephrata-native Madison Weaver in the beef barns – she was named Miss American Angus in November and has been traveling the country promoting Angus beef. During the course of the Fair you might also see the Pennsylvania State Fair Queen or representatives of the Miss United States Agriculture program.
  2. Enjoy a peach sundae from the Outside Eatery. This summer treat features the freshest peaches locally grown at Seyfert’s Orchards on Mount Zion Road in Lebanon. The peaches are delivered daily, and peeled and sliced just before serving. This is a mouthwatering treat – Fairgoer Sandy Troutman of Annville tries to eat a peach sundae every day!
  3. Admire the Best of Show. The exhibit halls are packed from end to end with competitive entries from your friends and neighbors. From apple butter to zucchini and asters to zinnia, thousands of projects and produce are evaluated and placed by judges who sort out the cream of the crop – the Best of Show. Find the entries accompanied by a big purple rosette and see what makes a Lebanon Area Fair champion.
  4. Dance under the stars. Whether you like boot-scootin’ to country, hip-shaking to Elvis, or jamming to modern rock, there is nothing like an outdoor summertime concert under the stars and the neon glow of the Fair’s Midway lights. With two stages covering a wide range of musical genres and plenty of room to get your groove on, you are sure to make some great memories.
  5. Walk the barns. Many Fairgoers do not otherwise have the opportunity to see a calf or a lamb or a rabbit up close and personal. In our livestock barns, Fairgoers are invited to see every unique dairy cattle breed, such as Ayrshire (red and white), Jersey (grey/tan), and of course the popular Holstein (black and white). Our exhibitors will be glad to let you know which of their animals would welcome your attention – some of the calves might event lick your finger! In this poultry barn this year, Fairgoers will be treated to both an incubator where baby chicks hatch daily and a duck slide! It is a wonderful experience to see Lebanon County’s animal agriculture on proud display.
  6. Volunteer. The Fair is 100% reliant on the gift of time from its hundreds of volunteers. From show clerks to trash collectors, burger flippers to poop-scoopers, someone willing to donate their time to the cause of agricultural education and community celebration completes every task that makes this Fair possible. We invite you to join our ranks.
  7. Cheer on your favorite truck puller or demo derby driver. Our track is part of what makes our Fair famous among all Pennsylvania fairs. Fair week features three truck and tractor sled pulls (including an often sold-out PPL East Coast Super Stock Tractor & Modified Truck Pull on Wednesday night) as well as two events for the most daring drivers: Tough Trucks and the Demolition Derby. The majority of our drivers in these shows hail from Central Pennsylvania, so it’s likely you know them or at least know of them! Bring your blanket and save a seat in our grandstands to cheer them on.
  8. Spend quality time with your family and friends. The Fair is a family tradition. Regardless of your “Fair Favorites”- the Midway rides and games, the animal competitions, the barbeque dinners, the rodeo, the petting zoo – our Fair grants you the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and probably make some new friends while you explore all that we have to offer.
  9. Support our youth. For this world to survive, the young people you see at the Fair will have to continue to cultivate the land and care for its livestock. Many of our youth aspire to farm, and we invite you to support them this week if you are able. Bid on a hog, lamb, or steer in the market animal sale on Friday night, or a dairy beef steer, goat, turkey or rabbit at the small animal sale on Wednesday night. Help keep our educational programs strong by purchasing gift baskets, plants, toys, or home décor at the 4-H auction on Thursday evening. Buy a Ham or Chicken BBQ ticket so that our children may receive scholarships to further their education. There are many ways to ensure a vibrant future for Lebanon County’s agricultural youth.
  10. Watch the fireworks show. By the end of the week, Fair volunteers and exhibitors are tired. There is no better way to wrap up and reflect on the past eight days than relaxing in the grandstands after the demolition derby listening to the loud booms and watching the brightly colored fireworks explosions raining down from the sky.

 

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