It’s been a century since the Greene-Dreher- Sterling (GDS) Fair has been part of our local tradition. It has been said that the teacher, Miss M. Ella Nevin, who organized the first fair at the Newfoundland school to showcase her pupils’ work, would have been amazed at where it would lead.

NEWFOUNDLAND – It’s been a century since the Greene-Dreher- Sterling (GDS) Fair has been part of our local tradition. It has been said that the teacher, Miss M. Ella Nevin, who organized the first fair at the Newfoundland school to showcase her pupils’ work, would have been amazed at where it would lead.

Excellent weather smiled upon the first weekend of the 100th edition, which started Friday night, August 25, and runs through next Sunday, September 3rd.

On opening night, a ceremony is also held, and this year they marked the centennial with a cake. Citations were also presented by State Rep. Mike Peifer, and Andrew Seder, on behalf of Senator Lisa Baker. There was also an award presented by Russell Redding, of the PA Department of Agriculture.

Long time Fair Director Phyllis Jones said they had a very good opening day, and the demolition derby was well attended. Director Bryan Utegg referred to it as a “stellar day.”
 
Fair Queen pageant
 
That evening the GDS Fair Queen pageant was held, a tradition that began in 1984. The program was dedicated to Steven Boo, a Forest Volunteer fireman who recently passed away at the age of 22. He was the boyfriend of the 2016 Fair Queen, Shelby Milewski of Greentown.

Victoria Patti was selected as the 2017 Fair Queen. Victoria is a 20-year old licensed cosmologist from Dingmans Ferry. She is the daughter of Julia and Richard Genovesi. She was honored as “Student of the Month” when she graduated from The Beauty School in 2016. The hair stylist enjoys swimming, hiking and walking her dog.

Junior Fair Queen for 2017 is Katie Nebzydoski, the 15-year old daughter of Mark and Audrey Nebzydoski of Pleasant Mount. She is a sophomore at Forest City Regional High School. Katie was also selected in 2016 as Junior Fair Queen. She stated that in this role she had many unforgettable experiences, and was most amazed at having children looking up to her. She said she looks forward to running for GDS Fair Queen in the future.

Breanna Price was picked as Alternate Fair Queen. She is the 16-year old daughter of Nicole and Steven Price and lives in Hamlin. She is a junior at Western Wayne High School.

Breanna is also a junior firefighter at Hamlin Fire & Rescue. She loves being with her four horses. Her goal is to become a diesel mechanic.

Contestants give a speech about what the GDS Fair means to them, and they have to answer a question posed by the judges.

Judges for the pageant included Natasha Neary, 2010 Fair Queen; Jamie Angell Kurilla and Megan McGee. Caitlin Vill served as Master of Ceremonies. Boy and Cub Scouts served as Honorary Escorts and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Fair Queen is the symbolic face of the GDS Fair during fair week, and distributes ribbons at 4-H livestock judging. She also represents the fair at the state level, competing in the statewide pageant at the state convention in January.
 
GDS Fair History inside
 
There is a lot to read about the GDS Fair in this issue of The News Eagle. There are two feature stories connected with the history. The first tells the story of the Newfoundland teacher, M. Ella Nevin, who arranged and operated the first fair. The second feature is about the 100-year history, with some comments from a few of the volunteers who have been connected with the GDS Fair for several decades.

There is also a schedule for the remaining five days of the 100th fair.

Special arena events by day include:

Wednesday - Car, Truck & Emergency Truck Show, and the Farmer Olympics.
Thursday – Diesel Truck Pull
Friday – American Racing Rower Association
Saturday – Power Wheels Derby, and Demolition Derby ($5 extra charge)
Sunday – Farm Tractor Pull and Gas & Semi Truck Pull.

The fairgrounds are located behind the South Elementary School in Newfoundland, off route 191/507 (Main Street). Parking is in the township’s park, across the street. The cost to enter the fair on Wednesday and Thursday is only $6.00/person; veterans with an I.D. get in for $3 on Wednesday, and senior citizens get in for $3 (up to 5 p.m.) on Thursday. Admission is $8.00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Your ticket includes unlimited rides.
For more information, see a brochure. visit www.gdsfair.com or call 570-676-4047.