The 2019 Elizabethtown Fair opens to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, at the fairgrounds on East High Street between East High Street Elementary School and the Elizabethtown Brethren In Christ Church. It runs daily through Saturday, Aug. 24. Admission is free; there is a $5 charge for parking.
There are several chances to enjoy all the rides at the fair for one price: on Monday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $20, Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $15 and on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. for $18.
Pets are not permitted at the fair; the only animals allowed are those entered in exhibits and competitions.
People with questions about the fair may visit the website at www.etownfair. com, may email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the fair office at 717-367-0508.
There are added hours this year for the “Farmer for a Day” activities, which from from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The petting zoo is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; rides open at 2 p.m. and at noon on Saturday.
The fair closes at 11 p.m. each night.
Events begin the day before the fair opens. On Sunday, Aug. 18, competitive exhibits are received at the fellowship hall of Elizabethtown Brethren In Christ Church from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also that day, market livestock entries are received from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; the swine weigh-in is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; the rabbit show and showmanship (petting zoo) is at 3 p.m.; the lamb and goat weigh-in is at 3 p.m. and the beef and dairy beef weigh-in is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Several events are planned for fair competitors before the fair opens to the public on Monday, Aug. 19. There is a market goat show at 9 a.m. and competitive exhibits are received at the church fellowship hall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; there is also a market lamb show at 1 p.m.
The fair opens to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19; the first event is “A Tribute to Veterans” with Dan and Galla at 5:15 p.m. on the Kiwanis Stage. The Fair Queen competition is at 6 p.m. on the Kiwanis Stage; the swine show is also at 6 p.m. An opening ceremony is at 6:45 p.m., followed by a three-legged race for children at 7 p.m., the Southern gospel group Pleasant Passage performing on Stage 2 at 7:30 p.m. and the Jess Zimmerman Band performing on the Kiwanis Stage at 8:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the competitive exhibit area is closed for judging from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first scheduled event of the day is the beef show at 10 a.m., with categories for breeding, market and dairy. A sack race for children is at 2 p.m. and exhibits open in the church fellowship hall at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., there is a mock rabbit show in the petting zoo and a youth skid loader rodeo in the horse arena. At 6:30 p.m., there is a talent show with Dan and Galla on the Kiwanis Stage. At 7 p.m., there is an adult skid loader rodeo in the horse arena and a children’s egg and spoon race. The annual baked goods auction is at 7:30 p.m. on Stage 2.
Wednesday, Aug. 21, is Senior Citizens Day. Registration for senior king and queen is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Glenn Miller: The Big One-Man Band performs at 11 a.m. on Stage 2. The senior king and queen are to be announced at 11:45 a.m. on Stage 2.An egg and spoon race for children is at 1 p.m.; the market livestock exhibits are to be released from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., there is a fleece to shawl demonstration in the petting zoo as well as the supreme champion market. At 5:30 p.m., the Sale of Champions takes place. The Child Chess Tournament sponsored by Wood Chess Services is at 6 p.m. in Myer Hall. Also at 6 p.m. are two Native American events: a drumming, flute and hoop dancing performance and a culture display, both in the Stage 2 area. The Josh Squared Band has a variety performance at 6:30 p.m. on the Kiwanis Stage. Juggler Chris Ivey performs at 7 p.m. behind the fair office; there is also a children’s sack race at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., The Uptown Band has a variety performance on the Kiwanis Stage cosponsored by Fulton Bank. Country musician Aaron Kelly performs at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Stage 2, sponsored by Masonic Village.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, the breeding livestock and dairy check-in goes from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the breeding and pygmy goat show at noon. At 1 p.m., there is a pie-eating contest for children. The breeding sheep show is at 4 p.m.; at 5 p.m., there is an angora rabbit spinning and weaving demonstration at the petting zoo. A corn hole tournament is at 6 p.m. behind the fair office. A youth chess tournament sponsored by Wood Chess Services is at 6 p.m. in Myer Hall. A Native American culture display and crafts are at 6 p.m. in the Stage 2 area. An Elvis tribute performance featuring Jeff Crick Jr. is at 6:30 p.m. on Stage 2. A mini hay bale toss for children is at 7 p.m.; at 7:30 p.m., tractor games are in the horse arena. An oldies performance by Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods is at 7:30 p.m. on the Kiwanis stage and another Elvis tribute by Jeff Krick Jr. is at 8:30 p.m. on Stage 2.
Events on Friday, Aug. 23, begin at 8 a.m. with the dairy show. At 4 p.m., the celebrity milking contest takes place in the show ring. Events at 6 p.m. are the pedal power tractor pull, the open chess tournament in Myer Hall sponsored by Wood Chess Services and the Native American culture display and crafts in the Stage 2 area. At 7 p.m., the fair auction takes place on Stage 2, the sheep herding demonstration is in the horse arena and there is a Fighting Dragons martial arts demonstration. At 7:30 p.m. the countryband Nomad performs on the Kiwanis Stage.
Events on Saturday, Aug. 24, begin at 10 a.m. with the horseshoe pitch. At 10:30 a.m., there is a rabbit hopping demonstration in the petting zoo. At 11 a.m., creative art for kids is on Stage 2. The hay bale throwing contest is at 2 p.m.; a buck shot tournament sponsored by Moo-Duck Brewery starts at 3 p.m. on Stage 2. Art 4 p.m., livestock exhibits are released. At 4 p.m., the frog jumping contest is held. Competitive exhibits close at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., comedy hypnotist Mike Bishop performs on Stage 2 and there is a Fighting Dragons martial arts demonstration. At 7:30 p.m., the Fabulous Greaseband has a variety performance cosponsored by The Merchandiser. Another performance by comedy hypnotist Mike Bishop is at 9 p.m. on Stage 2. Also at 9 p.m., winners of the baby photo and pet photo contests are to be announced. The fair closes with fireworks at 10:45 p.m.