Each fall, various boroughs throughout Lancaster County host fairs with parades, agricultural and livestock competitions, old-fashioned games, parades, and (of course) food. We’ll discover pig chases, a hay bale throwing contest, pedal tractor races, a livestock dressup contest, and fireman’s olympics. The festivities include traditional parades, baby parades, and tractor parades, as well as games of chance and kiddie games such as the water balloon toss, egg toss, and egg and spoon race. Enjoy the live entertainment and festival rides, and make new friends at the community dinners. Eat funnel cakes, chicken corn soup, apple dumplings, and other typical Pennsylvania Dutch food.

Let me know your thoughts, and if I’ve missed anything…please comment below!

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Get details about the town fairs (listed in date order)
Elizabethtown Fair August 22-28, 2010
Denver Fair September 14-18, 2010
Solanco Fair September 15-17, 2010
Ephrata Fair September 21-25, 2010
West Lampeter Community Fair September 22-24, 2010
New Holland Farmer’s Fair September 29 – October 2, 2010
Manheim Farm Show October 4-8, 2010


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4 Comments on Podcast Episode 2 – Lancaster County Pennsylvania Fairs

  1. Mary says:

    Good question. There’s a possibility to glimpse fall colors during some of the later fairs. Fall colors start early September with the peak in October. It’s possible to take a side trip to higher elevations in central or northeast Pennsylvania if fall colors aren’t yet prominent in Lancaster County. This would take you to the Appalachian or Pocono mountain ranges.

  2. Jill says:

    Hi Mary

    GREAT stuff! These look like fun. Is there any oppotunity to see the “fall colors” at the later fairs?


  3. Adrienne says:

    Thanks Mary, I am always looking for inexpensive trips to take my girls!! I only visit back to NJ to a farm near where I grew up. I always feel like PA has very little offer and I tend to migrate back to NJ because of the familiar territory. I did venture out to Linvilla orchards last year, but the pricing was quite expensive for the activities offered. I will definitely take my girls to a Lancaster fair this year. Your recommendations were helpful, and thank you for your suggestions!

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