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Franklin County Fair is 'something fun to do in the summertime'

July 11, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Mike Niswander pulls the weight sled more than 205 feet during Thursday's antique tractor pull at the Franklin County Fair.
By Colleen McGrath / Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County Fair’s move from late summer to July is proving to be a very good change, fair officials and attendees said.

“It’s been great,” Robert Eckstine, president of the fair board, said on Thursday.

Attendance has been up over last year, he said.

Karen Hack with Franklin County 4-H, said cash registers have been humming at the 4-H’s ice cream and beef and pig club food stands at the Chambersburg Rod & Gun Club, where the fair is held.

“Both of the food stands are up from last year, and that’s good for 4-H,” Hack said.

“We’ve had good crowds this year,” she said.

Hack said since the fair is six weeks early, members of the goat club can show their market goats.

Typically, the market goats would have already been sold by the time of the fair in August, she said.

“Some of our kids only have the market goats and not breeding goats so this gives them an opportunity to show here (fair),” Hack said.

Chase Cashell of Chambersburg was meticulous about getting a red and white Holstein named Chrissy ready for Derek Meyers to show on Thursday night.

With a limited amount of time before the animal went in the ring, Chase sprayed Clear Magic on the animal’s top line.

“He has to make her nice and straight,” said Chase’s sister, Quinn Cashell, who was helping with the process.

“He’s giving her a mohawk,” she joked.

While they fussed over the heifer, Quinn said the change in fair date has been a good move.

“We were really nervous about the change at first, but it’s worked out well,” she said.

It was Cassie McNamee-Shank’s good fortune that the Franklin County Fair opened early this year.

There weren’t any fairs or carnivals open around Hagerstown or Martinsburg, W.Va., where the family lives, she said.

McNamee-Shank, her husband, Jeff, and three children, Lily, 3, Braedy, 2, and 6-week-old Deklan were enjoying the carousel at the fair.

“The kids love the carousel. She loves the carousel and the horses,” said McNamee-Shank. “They just love animals. That’s why we came because they love to look at the cows and the horses.”

In addition to the animals and rides, few could resist the scrumptious food at the fair.

For $6, Lauren Wilkes of Chambersburg treated herself to a deep fried Oreo.

What makes the decadent treat so special?

“They’re cookies, and they’re fried — you can’t get much better,” Wilkes said.

She admittedly came Thursday for the food, and didn’t think it wise to attempt rides after her food selection.

“I’ll probably back off on the rides, after eating all of this,” Wilkes said.

“The fair is just something fun to do in the summertime,” she said.

She likes the new date of the fair.

“It gets hotter the longer the summer goes on. So, the earlier the better,” Wilkes said.

The fair continues today with a truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m. in the arena; and Championship Pro Wrestling featuring former WWE stars: The Patriot, Salvatore Sincere, Bill Bain and Sexy Shane Shadows.

Saturday is Family Fun Day at the fair featuring free date admission for everyone until 1:30 p.m. After 1:30 p.m., it’s $10 a carload or $5 a person for walk-ins and single admission. From 2 to 4 p.m., “kiddie” rides are free.

For more information on the Franklin County Fair, log onto www.franklincountyfair.org.

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