County fair opens with educational exhibits, fireworks and food

HUGHESVILLE — Emily Secules of this borough seemed to be pleasantly surprised Thursday night at the 147th Lycoming County Fair.

Her tea table setting garnered her a first place blue ribbon and her mantle layout a second place.

Representing Townsend House Bed and Breakfast in the borough, Secules said she was one of the many ribbon holders inside the Horticulture Building on the first official day and night of the fair, which runs from now until next Saturday.

The table settings were delicate, in shades of pink and white, and Secules said she thought she would sneak in to see if her tea table was a winner.

So, when a reporter snuck up next to her it was a surprise.

On the next table were rows of flower arrangements. On the side entrance door, tables and tables of nutrition information, special news about the areas Granges and an endless array of desserts, such as pie, cake slices and whole decorated cakes.

The fair’s many exhibits offer educational and inspiring local entries as the people painstakingly prepare for the judging.

Inside the school building housing arts and Future Farmers of America exhibits from various chapters, special tributes were displayed for educators who played a role in the student’s growth as farmers in fields of agriculture.

Individuals such as August “Joe” Sauter Jr., who served 33 years as adviser at the East Lycoming School District, leading the Future Farmers of America chapter and providing those young men and women with mentorship, leadership and guidance. After graduation many became farmers, or took jobs in agriculture because of Sauter. Some to this day have remained on their family farm.

Inside the vocational arts and school building are plates of vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes and cucumbers grown locally and judged.

A chart displaying the various “cuts” of meat on a cattle includes the cost of operating the average farm in the county. It includes grain prices, equipment costs, veterinarian care, and costs to keep a pasture and provide animals with clean drinking water and feed.

A person can get lost looking at student artworks, photography and miniaturizations.

A woman from Linden told the Sun-Gazette she’d come to the fair her entire life, and was there tonight to see the 20-minute fireworks show.

She seemed to be in luck, as the rain cleared out, and the clouds, while threatening, where in the distance.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the fair took on the atmosphere of the place to be. The pathway around the half-mile track filled up with all ages of people, some strolling slowly and looking at every stand and exhibit. Others stared off in the distance as they sat on the many benches provided by the Lycoming County Fair Association.

It remained clear as the concessioners began to hawk their products, and those manning the games of chance yelled out to passersby to try their luck and win a prize.

The ferris wheel began to move and other amusement rides dried off, inviting the evening crowd.

The highlight of the night was a 20-minute fireworks show that could be seen best at the fairgrounds, and which has become a grand way to officially welcome the crowds to the fair each year.

The fair continues tonight and runs through next Saturday.