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Harford Fair Ready for a Week of Fun, Music, Food and More

The 156th Harford Fair Features Country Singer Rodney Atkins
Harford, Susquehanna County-The village of Harford will welcome thousands of visitors from near and far at the 156th Harford Fair August 19-24, 2013.  While the fair has many traditional events, a highlight of this year’s fair will be country music singer, Rodney Atkins.  Known best for his song Take a Back Road, Atkins celebrates the feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life and really living in the moment in his songs.  He’s had six number one hits from his first three albums and has sold over four million singles in the past five years alone.  Ticket information for VIP seating as well as arena chairs and bleacher seats for the concert is available on the fair’s website www.harfordfair.com. 
From the diaper-clad to the octogenarian, there is something for everyone.  Play “Farmer for a Day,” learn how bees make honey, or milk a goat.  Whatever tickles your taste buds can be found at the Harford Fair from funnel cakes to corn on the cob.  Support local school band groups and scout troops by visiting their stands on the fairgrounds where they sell food to raise money for their year-long events. 
There are always new and different things to enjoy at the fair.  In addition to the featured country western show on Thursday evening, every other night of the fair offers a variety of events in the main arena.  Grandstand seats are free for the truck and tractor events which include gas pickups (modified and street stock) and semi-trucks on Monday, stock farm tractors during the day on Tuesday and “Hot” tractors in the evening, and diesel pickups (modified and street stock) on Wednesday.  The ever popular annual events will feature the rodeo on Friday night and the $$Jack Pot$$ Demolition Derby will wrap up the fair on Saturday evening. The horse pulls and the woods men’s contest are also a part of the main arena lineup. 
At the north end of the fairgrounds is the horse arena which features a variety of equestrian events throughout the week.  K9’s In Flight will perform free several times a day all week long in the North Arena.  Chainsaw carver Kevin Treat will demonstrate each day and his menagerie of creations will be auctioned off to the public on Saturday afternoon. Tingley Glass will also do a full day demonstration creating a unique stained glass piece which will be donated and auctioned as well.  Other selected quality crafts will also be available at the auction.  Demonstrations are scheduled in the New Log Cabin as well as in other areas of the fairgrounds all week. 
 
Other opportunities which are a part of the fair are the many different contests which include the queen contest, the baby contest, and baking contests.  The Harford Fair Queen competition takes place on Monday at 2:00 and 6:00 PM and the winner becomes the ambassador for the fair throughout the week and the year which includes the PA State Fair Queen competition.  PA Preferred Program is a state supported agricultural marketing program and is the sponsor of the Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Brownies, and Angel Food Cake competitions.  The rules, deadlines, and other information along with the information for all other contests at the fair are available on the website www.harfordfair.com or our Facebook page.  The first and second place prize-winning baked goods will be auctioned on Monday at 4:00 PM to support the Harford Fair Scholarship Program. 
 
The paved paths around the grounds make for easy accessibility for everyone. Jim Houghton’s Enterprises returns for the fourth year with midway rides.  Wrist bands for all day riding can be purchased as well as a wrist band for riding all week.  A variety of musical acts and other entertainment such as contortionist David Darwin, the One Man Side Show, and the Junk Band will be performing in the Shade Pavilion.  Local groups scheduled for the Shade Pavilion include Illusionist Jeremy Biesecker, The Windwood Hill Dance Academy, the Endless Mountain Children’s Choir, the Spark Gospel Singers, Mama Bullmoose Karaoke, and the Lenoxville Band which has performed every year since 1940.
HARFORD FAIR has a rich and long-time history in Susquehanna County.  It is one of the few truly agricultural country fairs which exist today.  A visit to the New Log Cabin or Founders Hall Museum will give you an opportunity to view interesting artifacts and will take you back in time.  A special display in the museum this year will include memorabilia from 4-H and FFA on loan from members of the community.  The six-day fair with twenty-three different departments within the fair, provides opportunities for young and old alike to exhibit handcrafts, school projects, agricultural items, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, animals, photography and art work. Each year, thousands of residents from Susquehanna County as well as adjoining counties exhibit items for competition.  There are over 200 commercial space renters who display their wares as well. 
Make your plans now by visiting the website www.harfordfair.com for details and schedules.  Take Exit 217 off route I-81 for good family fun, park free, and pay only $6.00 for 12 and over.  See you at the fair!

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