Summertime was made for good olde-fashioned community fun fairs and festivals, so it’s only “fair” to spend your time at a fair. Adams County folks as well as others from surrounding venues are lucky because tomorrow marks the annual Shippensburg Community Fair.
The Shippensburg Community Fair, known for being the largest bi-county fair in the state of Pennsylvania has been going strong for nearly 60 years. Opening events will kick off this afternoon and run through the week, concluding on Saturday, July 26. The fair starts at 4:30 p.m. with a Livestock Stockman’s contest at the Livestock Show Ring. At 7 p.m. there will be a Shippensburg Band Concert on the stage and a community Vespers Service at 7:30 p.m. On a special note, though the fair is considered to be open today, rides, games, vendors and other attractions will not open to the public until Monday.
The regular fair schedule will begin on Monday, July 21 at 8:30 a.m. starting with an Open and Junior Market Goat Show followed by an Open and Junior Market Lamb Show. Following highlights for that day include a Youth-Farm-Home-Products event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Open and Junior Market Steer Show at 5 p.m.; the 2014 Little Miss Shippensburg Community Fair Pageant and Skid Loader Rodeo, both at 6 p.m.; Youth Showing and Fitting Contest at 7 p.m.; the 2014 Little Miss Shippensburg Community Fair Pageant at 7:30 p.m., and Barnyard Olympics at 8 p.m. Tuesday’s highlights will include an Open and Junior Market Swine Show at 8:30 a.m.; the judging of the Youth-Farm-Home-Products Exhibit, at 9 a.m.; the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn Show, at 10 a.m.; Baked Goods judging, at 1 p.m.; Baked Goods auction at 5:30 p.m.; District II Jersey Show and Robert L. Finkenbinder Cumberland County FFA Market Sale, both at 6 p.m.; a Horse Pulling contest at 7 p.m., and a live, free performance on stage by the Chris Ruble Band at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday will mark the 45th Annual Craft Show, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the fair. This is also the “Kiddies’ Day” special where from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. rides will be given at discounted prizes (no age limits). Other events to take place on Wednesday include the Poultry Show, at 4 p.m.; the Youth Dairy Judging Contest and Antique Tractor Pull, both at 7 p.m., and the Alex Hilton Band performing free, live Country music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s highlights will include an Open and Junior Breeding Goat Show ay 9 a.m.; an Open Rabbit Show and Rabbit Skillathon, at 4 p.m.; the Holstein Youth Showing and Fitting Contest and Tractor Pull (Farm Stock), both at 7 p.m., and a live performance of Rick K. & The Allnighters at 7:30 p.m. Friday will open with the Open and Junior Breeding Beef Show at 9 a.m. followed by the Open and Junior Breeding Sheep Show at 2 p.m. The South Central Championship Holstein Show will begin at 6 p.m., and both the Tractor and Truck Pull as well as Karaoke by Phantom Shadow will take place at 7 p.m. Closing day entertainments start bright and early Saturday morning with the Draft Horse Show at 8 a.m. This will be followed by the Chuck Lesher 5K Classic 5K Run/Walk, hosted by Chambersburg Road Runners Club at 8:30 a.m. There will be a Supreme Livestock Showman Contest at 9 a.m. and an encore of the Kiddies’ Day special discounted rides from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a Draft Horse Halter Show at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Annual Horse Show at 2 p.m. All events will conclude with a free live concert by Smokin’ Gunz at 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the week, the fair will offer up plenty of fun diversions ranging from live entertainment, demonstrations, contests, games, rides, food and vendors. Rides will operate between the hours of 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday with the exception of the Kiddies’ Day matinees on Wednesday and Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rides for the Fair are provided by Pennwood Shows and D&K Amusements from Gettysburg. There will also be Combined Forces Laser Tag to take place on select hours during the fair.
Concessions range in a broad array of options from traditional carnival snacks to healthier selections. The following groups will be providing and vending concessions: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Church of the Brethren, Cumberland County Farm Women, Cumberland Valley Hose Company, Franklin County Farm Women, Life Community Church, The Lollipop Shop, Memorial Lutheran Church, Newburg United Methodist Church, Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Company, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Pleasant Hall Fire Company, Shippensburg Athletic Club, Shippensburg Fly Fishing Club, Shippensburg Soccer Booster Club, St. Thomas Sportsmen’s Association, VFX Auxiliary, VFW Post, the West End Fire and Rescue and the Young Farmers and Cumberland County Trailblazers.
General admission to the Shippensburg Community Fair is free, and parking is just $5. Come to the Fair Grounds located on King Street in Shippensburg. For more information, go to www.shippensburgfair.com.