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Fair opens Friday

By Staff | Jul 10, 2012

Getting ready for the Hughesville Fair this week are members of Post PA 51 in Hughesville as they put a fresh coat of paint on their booth building. Left to right are Linda and Raymond Falls, Robert Miller, Gary Jenney and Connie Jenney.

HUGHESVILLE – Exceptional talent and lots of rides are some of the many highlights of the upcoming Lycoming County Fair. Held at the Hughesville Fairgrounds from July 13 to July 21, this will be the 142nd year. The dates are new according to Secretary, Karen Yaw. “We are starting on a Friday instead of a Thursday, and all judging will be completed this Thursday,” she said. The fair will open its gates at noon, Friday, July 13.

The fireworks will now be on a Tuesday instead of later in the week announced President, Jack Smith. “I will not have any leaking gasoline demo cards, tractors or trucks leaking fuel,” he said. “The infield will be free and clear of any vehicles.” In case of rain, the fireworks display will be added the next night, Wednesday, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

“We have lots of free entertainment lined up all week,” Smith announced.

New this year is a petting zoo held each day from noon to 10 p.m. The Buffalo Beals Petting zoo will be located at the Muncy Bank & Trust Pavilion area and is free with the admission price.

On Saturday and Saturday two new bands will be featured. Crossroads Country Band will perform at 1 p.m. in the grandstand and “With Faith” a contemporary country christian music duo from Allenwood will have 3 performances throughout the day.

Another local band, The Tickles, will be playing Tuesday, July 17 giving three concerts, the last one scheduled at 8:30 p.m. prior to the fireworks. On Friday, Carl and Opal Schlappi, also local, will be performing. And for jazz and blues lovers, Miz Ida & The All Nightas, the local group that loves to entertain, will end the fair on Saturday, July 21.

Braden Stover is also new this year according to Smith, and he will have three “all American Country music” concerts on Thursday. Grand stand entertainment is a good mix and variety. Smith said he is looking forward to the humorous Dennis Lee Show on Wednesday which is also senior day. A free ticket will be given to all seniors who purchase some Sunset Ice Cream. “Bring your own lawn chairs for track seating,” said Smith.

For advance tickets and general information call 584-5942.