Fulton County Fair draws a bigger crowd

August 16, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Lexi Richards, 13, of McConnellsburg, Pa., poses with her prize winning pig Ronald on Wednesday at the 92nd annual Fulton County Fair, which continues through Saturday night in McConnellsburg.
By Roxann Miller/Reporter

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The 92nd annual Fulton County Fair in McConnellsburg was packed with people of all ages ready to have a good time Wednesday, whether that meant digging into a plate of french fries or climbing into a burlap sack and sliding down a slide.

Every time Zoe Shearer, 4, circled her kiddie car about the track, she waved to her parents, Julie and Jeff Shearer, who proudly smiled from the sidelines.

“This is what it’s all about. We do this for the kids,” Julie Shearer said.

Even thought Zoe liked her car ride, she loved the Ferris wheel and one ride was not enough — she planned on taking six trips before the evening was over.

With just a week left before school starts on Monday, friends Lindsey Palmer, Lexi Richards, Courtney Sehoen and Michaela Kendall spent time chatting with friends, sampling food and just having fun.

Jana Malot, fair fundraiser, was thrilled by the surge in attendance.


When matching fair funds were cut from the state budget, the fair had to cut out premiums.

She said fair attendance had been fading for the last three years.

“People would bring in their prized produce, paintings and other handiwork and there was nothing we could give them when the state cut the funding.

“If we didn’t do something our fair was going to die,” she said.

Just when things looked darkest, the community and local businesses stepped up to save the fair, Malot said.

“I can’t thank everyone enough. This being an agricultural county, it means a lot that the community steps up to give us some substantial donations and sponsorships to support the vendors,” she said.

The fair continues through Saturday.

Editor's note: This story was edited to correct the spelling of the names of Lindsey Palmer, Lexi Richards, Courtney Sehoen, Michaela Kendall and Jana Malot.

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