The time-honored tradition of the Wayne County Fair continues with its 155th edition, scheduled August 4- 12. Along with its time-honored standards such as 4-H animals, prize ribbons adorning jams, pies and pictures, amusement rides and games, harness racing, cotton candy and ice cream, Woodsmen's Competition and tractor pulls there's lots of new entertainment lined up.
WAYNE COUNTY - The time-honored tradition of the Wayne County Fair continues with its 155th edition, scheduled August 4- 12. Along with its time-honored standards such as 4-H animals, prize ribbons adorning jams, pies and pictures, amusement rides and games, harness racing, cotton candy and ice cream, Woodsmen’s Competition and tractor pulls there’s lots of new entertainment lined up.
Demolition Derby, which has been enjoyed at the fair for decades, has been reinvigorated under new management of Spinning Wheels Production LCC. A new feature is the Youth Heat, for ages 12-15. Special forms and a waiver are needed for kids to take part; visit spinning wheels.com. Demolition Derby is on opening night, Friday, August 4; grandstand tickets cost $5.00, or $3.00 for children.
Country music star Granger Smith caps the nine day fair with a performance Saturday night, August 12. The show features Earl Dibbles Jr and singer Jake Worthington from The Voice.
“It’s no secret that in recent years the WC Fair’s concert venues have proven to be the launching pad for some very famous country music stars like Justin Moore, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Eric Paslay and Craig Campbell,” said Deb Milliron, who handles the publicity for the fair. “The fair is proud to offer these rising artists who want to perform on our stage for our visitors.”
Grandstand tickets for the concert cost $25.00; track side seats cost $30.00.
Try for a chance for a pair of free concert tickets by entering the Earl Dibbles Jr. Look A Like Contest. Details are offered online at www.waynecountyfair.com/contest.html.
Each year the fair offers a free grandstand show followed by fireworks. Enjoy the concert Wednesday night with Jake Worthington.
Harness racing has been a tradition at the Wayne County Fair since the early days. There are four chances at the 2017 fair to watch the action as the two and three year old trotters and pacers race around the half mile oval track, running for the PA Sire Stakes. New this year will be audience participation during each of the races with trivia, t-shirts given away and a chance to win a ride behind a race horse in a jogging cart.
Agriculture is a central theme at the Wayne County Fair, as it has been since the first fair in 1862. It is here that farmers, 4-H youth and related agri-businesses meet, and mingle. It is here that the general public gets to be close to farm animals, and meet those connected to the industry necessary for every human being, the production of food. The fair’s agricultural focus also celebrates a rural way of life diminished in some ways on the landscape, but still vibrant at the fair.
Farmers and 4-H members bring their animals to the fair; there are both open and 4-H shows with beef cattle, sheep, lambs, goats and hogs. Watch the judging as well as the livestock sale on the closing day of the fair, which raises money for 4-H scholarships.
Head down to see the exhibit hall featuring poultry and rabbits.
Wayne County’s farming heritage is exhibited at the J. B. Park Farm Museum, operated by the 100-year old Wayne County Historical Society.
The popular Midway hosts over 30 amusement rides provided by Wade Shows, one of the largest carnival companies in North America with a “stellar safety record.”
“Safety is our #1 priority,” said Frank Zaitshik, owner of the 100+ year-old company. “We take extraordinary measures to make sure our guests have the most thrilling rides, the best in customer amenities and above all, that they can enjoy their visit with peace of mind about their safety.”
All rides at the Wayne County Fair are included free with its Pay One Price admission but guests are asked to check height requirements at wadeshows.com before attempting to ride to ensure safety.
Some of the other attractions include Wild About Dinosaurs, Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Buffalo and Brandy, Matt Episcopo Entertainer and a daly roster of musicians on the Small Stage.
This year, the Pay One Price ticket is $10.00 per person. This includes free parking, free rides, free featured grandstand events and admission.
Seniors get in for half price on August 4th and 9th and on the 9th a bonus free grandstand show and fireworks for just $5.00.
Season tickets are available for $40.00.
“People have been coming to the fair since they were kids,” said Milliron. “It’s a family tradition where farm meets food and fun.”
The Wayne County Fair has been expanded several times over the years, and its original location, one mile north of Honesdale off Route 191.
A host of volunteers bring the fair together year after year; some of them are second, third generation or even longer. Planning and preparation goes on for months behind the scenes, for this singular summer time attraction that has been a mainstay for generations.
For more information about the155th Wayne County Fair and this year’s entertainment schedule, visit www.waynecountyfair.com. Brochures are also available.