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Posted 8/13/13

E-town Fair features farm, food and fun

Every farm animal has its day at the Elizabethtown Fair, a 40-year-old celebration of agriculture, Americana and the simpler things that make life fun.The fair opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 with a …

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If the rides, food and musical concerts aren’t enough to keep you busy, there are plenty of old-fashioned activities: A hay bale toss, a frog jumping contest, a horseshoe pitch and, just for kids, a sack race, balloon toss and egg-and-spoon race.

The fair will crown a queen and a senior king and queen. etownfairpic8 14 13

There will be lots of cooking and agricultural competitions, from a cake baking contest to a cutest pet photo contest, and a rodeo, tractor pull, petting zoo and arts and crafts exhibits.

This year’s theme is “An American Tradition,’’ and what could be more American than the fair’s apple pie baking contest?

The fair will be open until 11 p.m. daily, with rides opening daily at 2 p.m. and at noon on Saturday.

There is a fee for rides and parking.

A full schedule of events can be found at

Among the highlights:
• Animals – Market goat show, 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19; market lamb show, 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19; swine show, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19; beef show, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; rabbit show, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; Supreme Champion market, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; breeding and pygmy goat show, noon Thursday, Aug. 22; breeding sheep show, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; dairy show, 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23; pet show 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

• Special events – Talent Show, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; baked goods auction, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; fleece-to-shawl demonstration, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; tractor games, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; celebrity milking contest, 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; rodeo, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; arts and crafts auction, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; frog jumping contest 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

• Just for kids – water balloon toss, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19; sack race, 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; egg-and-spoon race, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; sponge relay race 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; Baby/Toddler Parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

• Crowning royalty – Fair Queen competition, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at the main stage; Senior King and Queen, 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Stage 2.

Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or