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Pa. counties get set for fairs

August 15, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The brightly colored tents were up, workers were spreading fresh sawdust in the barns and concession stands were getting a good cleaning Thursday afternoon at the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club grounds on Pa. 997, the site of this year's Franklin County Fair.

"Crews have been working here all week getting things organized," said Gerald Reichard, fair president.

About 20 miles away just over the mountain, a similar flurry of activity was underway at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, just off of old U.S. 30 in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Both fairs start Sunday and run through Saturday, Aug. 23.

A salute to agriculture is the theme of both fairs this year with animal shows, 4-H and FFA dairy judging contests, vegetable exhibits and farm equipment displays.

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Both fairs are hosting some new activities and entertainment this year.

For the first time, the Franklin County Fair will have a 4-H rabbit show on Monday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in -where else? - the rabbit tent.

Tuesday is set aside as Waynesboro Bicentennial Day with a special exhibit in the arena.

A motorcycle display will be set up on Thursday and antique cars and farm equipment will be featured on Friday and Saturday.

At the fair in Fulton County, helicopter rides will be given Monday through Friday.

If the weather is good, Reichard said he expects to see between 35,000 and 40,000 people visit Franklin County's fair, with large crowds expected at the tractor pulls on Monday and Friday nights and at a rodeo on Thursday night.

Crowd pleasers at Fulton County's fair are the demolition derbies on Monday and Wednesday nights, fireworks on Tuesday and Thursday nights, a mini tractor pull on Friday night and a 4-wheel-drive truck pull on Saturday night.

Fulton County's fair kicks off Sunday at 9 a.m. with an open horse show. The Fulton County Fair Queen pageant is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Franklin's fair begins Sunday with vesper services at 7 p.m. The Franklin Fair Queen pageant will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Both fairs offer rides, music, and a variety of food.

Members of Chambersburg's Rod and Gun Club plan to pick up 6,000 pounds of ham they've ordered to make their well-known ham sandwiches at Franklin's fair.

"And we'll get rid of most of that," said Harry Glass, one of the club's members.

Tickets for Franklin County's fair are $3 per person or $15 for six for ages 13 and older. Children under 12 get in for free. A weekly pass for two people is also available for $25.

Admission to the Fulton County fair, including entrance to the grounds, all rides and entertainment is $5 per person. On Tuesday, children 18 and under get in for $3. Special season passes are available for $15 for the week, which does not include rides.

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