Among the annual events returning to the Elizabethtown Fair this year are the group exhibits and the essay and poetry contest.
The fair runs from Monday, Aug. 21, to Saturday, Aug. 26, at the fairgrounds along East High Street between East High Street Elementary School and the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. Admission is free, but there is a charge for parking nearby.
The group exhibits competition is open to any group – youth, adult or both. Families are encouraged to participate. Exhibitors may include 4-H, FFA, family, school, scouting, industrial and commercial groups. The first place exhibit will receive $150.
Group exhibits are to be tabletop exhibits with a maximum of 4 feet by 10 feet by 6 feet and should provide the viewer with a better understanding of agriculture and/or agribusiness either through their educational value or their promotion of a product. They will be judged on: Attracts Attention, Arouses Interest, Conveys Message, Design, Workmanship and Originality.
All group exhibits must be entered on a General Entry Form and mailed with a $5 entry fee to The Elizabethtown Fair, P.O. Box 285, Elizabethtown, Pa 17022. Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Anyone with questions about group exhibits may call Sally at 367-7256.
The annual Essay Contest and Poetry Contest will be held as part of the Elizabethtown Fair again this year. Both the original essay and the original poem may be entitled “Why I Like the Elizabethtown Fair”, or any other title relating to the Elizabethtown Fair.
The essay may be handwritten or typed. It may not exceed one page typed or two pages written and must be neat and legible. Judging will be based on clarity of expression, content, creativity, grammar and organization.
The poem may not exceed two pages in length. It must be neat and legible, but may be handwritten or typed. Judging will be based on clarity of expression, content and creativity.
Both contests are open to students in grades 1 through 12 and adults. Divisions for judging are grades 1-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and adult. Prize money and ribbons will be awarded for five placings in each age division. Prize money ranges from $10 to $2. Essay and Poetry exhibits will be on exhibit during the fair and may be picked up Saturday, Aug. 27, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church.
A cover sheet listing name, address, phone number and grade just completed (or adult) must accompany essay and/or poem. Names should be on the cover sheet and not on the poem or essay. New this year: Entries are to be submitted in a page protector.
All entries will be received Monday, Aug. 21, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church.
The Elizabethtown Fair will once again be sponsoring the Celebrity Milking Contest this year. The contest day has changed and this year will be at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. The contest will be held in the area of the animal show ring. Invited dignitaries will include state Rep. David Hickernell, state Rep. Mindy Fee, state Sen. Ryan Aument, Elizabethtown Mayor Chuck Mummert, Mount Joy Mayor Tim Bradley, Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan, Magisterial District Judge Scott Albert, Elizabethtown Area School District Superintendent Michele Balliet, Executive Director of Masonic Village Cindy Phillips, County Commissioners Craig Lehman, Joshua G. Parsons, and Dennis Stuckey, the Dairy Princess and the 2017 Fair Queen and maybe more. Anyone who wants more information on the milking contest may call Bonnie at 717-361-9111.
Another event at the fair this year is the exotic animal encounters at the petting zoo. A handful of different exotic animals from around the world including snakes, lizards, and tortoises are to join the barnyard animals on display in the petting zoo. Those attending the exotic animal encounters will have a chance to learn the science behind where they live, how they process food, how their bodies work, careers in animal science and more. This interactive, hands-on, program will allow the public to experience these live animals up close while gaining some insightful information. Exotic Animal Encounters will be in the Elizabethtown Fair Petting Zoo tent on Monday, Aug 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The presentation will also be on Stage 2 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.