HUGHESVILLE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One annual event is finally returning to Lycoming County for the first time since the pandemic.
It’s the 150th anniversary of the Lycoming County Fair. Although it’s been a tough year and half, everyone Eyewitness News talked to is happy to see the fair return.
“It’s been really exciting to be back and setting up again and having people back in our gates this year,” Lycoming County Fair president’s representative Dixie McCoy said.
The 10-day long fair has everything from live music, to rides, games, and of course all that great fair food.
“It’s great to see the vendors, to see all the people come in and the smile on their faces,” McCoy said.
When the state dropped COVID guidelines last month, the county decided to have the fair without any restrictions. Even though it all came together, McCoy says it wasn’t exactly easy.
“In January or February it was still so up in the air and we decided that we were having a fair in some way shape or form. So that was really quite an intimidating event when until about a month ago because it was just like, what is it going to look like?” McCoy said.
One vendor and her family have been working the fair for years, and says they’ve also had their share of challenges.
“The labor industry alone is insane. No one wants to do anything. You know they’ll say ‘oh we’ll come and help you’ then never show up,” vendor Jennifer Benner said.
Others admit they’re a bit rusty since the last fair, but grateful to be back at it.
“It seems like I’m a little out of shape going to a fair because I haven’t done it for a year but we’re here, we’re doing fine and we’re making ice cream, ready for a good fair,” vendor Scott Johnson said.
“It feels good to be able to say hey you know we’re back at it again and the pandemic didn’t take us out,” Benner said.
The county says they’re thankful for all the continued support of the community. For a full schedule of the fair, visit their website.