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Franklin County (Pa.) Fair begins earlier this year

July 07, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Natalie Schmidt, 10, of Greencastle competes with her horse Levi in the western pleasure class at the Youth Horse Show on opening day at the Franklin County (Pa.) Fair.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Fair got off to a quiet start Sunday as vendors set up their booths and a handful of children rode their horses in front of judges.

The fair begins in earnest Monday with several 4-H Club contests, the fair queen contest and a tractor pull.

“Everything is starting to come together,” said Robert Eckstine, president of the fair board.

Traditionally, the Franklin County Fair was held the third full week in August. However, the festivities are being held earlier for the first time this year.

Eckstine said he has received positive feedback on the new dates since the fair will not clash with the start of the school year in the county.

On Sunday, Jesse Bumbaugh and April Tiedemann set up the “baby backyard,” where children can encounter chickens, rabbits, a horse, calves, goats, pigs and ducks. The couple from the State Line, Pa., area was able to haul most of the animals in one load.

Tiedemann said children often develop favorites among the animals.

“They love it,” she said. “They look forward to seeing the same ones.”

Many of the baby backyard animals receive a special treat — ice cream — on fair nights.

Lisa Marie Smith of Chambersburg stopped at the fair on her way to nearby Camp Joy El. She said Sunday provided an opportunity to visit the fair before the admission fees ($10 per carload or $5 per person) go into effect for the remainder of the week.

“We figured we’d stop by on the way” to camp, Smith said.

Stephen Smith, 8, and Wilhelm Smith, 4, snacked on some french fries during their first time at the fair.

Coramina Cogan and Abigail Pugh, both 14 and from Greencastle, Pa., had a busy day Sunday in the show ring. They showed their horses in events including barrel racing and a costume contest.

“It’s just fun, and it’s not about winning,” Abigail said.

“It’s just a fun event to do on a Sunday afternoon,” Coramina said.

The pair belong to the Horses R Us 4-H Club in Greencastle.

The girls said they would like to show at the Franklin County Fair again, but they are concerned that lack of participation might cancel future shows. Fewer than 10 horses and riders entered Sunday.

Monday’s Franklin County Fair schedule

4 p.m. — 4-H rabbit show
5:30 p.m. — Franklin County Fair Little Miss contest
6 p.m. — 4-H and FFA stockman’s contest
6:30 p.m. — Franklin County Fair Princess contest
7 p.m. — Tractor pull
7 p.m. — 4-H and FFA dairy cattle judging
8 p.m. — Franklin County Fair Queen contest

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