HUGHESVILLE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Fair days are here and will stay for a while! Lycoming County is the first to kick off the season in our area.
Thousands are expected to come out for the next ten days. With many events planned and exhibits to see, many were putting the finishing touches hours ago.
Fairs are more than just food, rides, and concerts. They’re a way to showcase artwork from students from our area schools.
“It’s a great time to celebrate all the hard work that students, as well as the teachers, have been putting in this past year,” says Chelsea Cramer, an art teacher at Williamsport High School.
It takes time to paint a picture, as well as plan for a county fair. Hours before the gates open every year, everyone is scrambling to get things done and ready, including cleaning stalls.
“Get them fresh bedding so they can lay down before the races start,” says Lou Goans, a horse trainer.
A little relaxation, something trainers like Goans can’t do hours before harness racing, but is a must for the horse. Operating four “Standardbred,” he knows what to do.
“So when it comes time to warm them up, we’ll get them brushed up, we’ll get their equipment on,” says Goans.
With many activities to see and do, Lycoming County Fair is growing each year.
“It’s nice!” says Dale Levan, the Lycoming County Fair President. “People want to come to the fair. It’s a break from the regular, everyday living.”
Painting a memory of the fair each year seems to be a tradition for some.
“Tonight is the opening night, so I am sure families will be here to check it out and celebrate their art hanging,” says Cramer.
Tonight, many children, teens, and adults are enjoying the rides, games, shows, and of course, good fair food. The fair will run until July 22nd.