All’s fair

First Posted: 8/29/2014

It’s fair to say that you can find down home country flair and fun all in one place. And it’s fair to say that there is something for everyone in the family.

Enjoy agricultural exhibits, animals, craft displays, entertainment and cooking contests at the 52nd annual Luzerne County Fair on Route 118, Lehman Township. The five-day festival opens Wednesday, Sept. 3, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 7.

About 60,000 visitors will attend one or more days of the event that has become an annual family tradition, according to Brenda Pugh, chairman.

Live musical performances with a mix of national and local talent, will take place all five nights of the fair. Country group Iron Cowboy will perform on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Rick K & The All Nighters, performing hits from the 50s through the 70s, will take the stage on Thursday, Sept. 4. Local musician Dylan Fray will open for country singer Josh Thompson on Friday, Sept. 5. Jamie Lynn Spears, little sister of Britney, will take to the main stage on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Uptown Band, performing a mix of rock, pop, country and soul, closes out the fair on Sunday, Sept. 6.

The fair also features other entertainment shows like Hansen’s Spectacular, with aerial acts, jugglers and trampolines; the Modern Day Cat Whisperer, live and exotic animals in Animal Alley plus a variety of barnyard animals like chickens, cows, pigs, horses, sheep, goats and rabbits. A 4-H Horse Show will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Barnyard Olympics held at 3 p.m. on Sunday let children and teens pair up with a friend for some fun physical challenges. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a gold medalist to win an egg toss, moo like a cow, ride a stick horse, blow a bubble or stack the highest pyramid of cups.

If channeling your inner bovine is not your thing, there’s another contest that may rev you up. The Tractor Obstacle Rodeo is a timed obstacle course contest with five different events and cash prizes. A kiddie contest will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday followed by an adult contest at 5 p.m. The only caveat is that adults must bring their own tractor. Pedal tractors will be furnished for the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull.

There are plenty of old-fashioned food contests galore, including angel food cake, apple pie, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate cake and chocolate brownies or bars, soup and salsa.

There will also be a decorated or carved pumpkin contest as well as a scarecrow contest.

You can view home produced products, floral exhibits, needle craft, arts and photography, apiary and maple products housed in two arts and crafts buildings. There’s even some antique farm machinery to marvel at. There is also a horse barn, cattle barn, two large indoor exhibitor buildings, a horse show arena, several stands built and operated by member clubs and amphitheater all featuring fair attractions.

Fireworks at dusk will close out the fair on Sunday.

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