Keep tradition alive in our area

Its roots may be traced to 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War, and in 1870 it held its first exhibition. Ever since then, the Lycoming County Fair has been the place to go each year for an agricultural extravaganza — and so much more.

Each year, the modern fair just seems to get better and better.

The original event, an exhibition of local livestock, grains, fruits, vegetables, canned goods and handicrafts, was organized by the Muncy Valley Farmers Club, a group formed by 10 people to discuss agricultural topics.

Much has changed since then, but the concept of an annual showcase of farm animals, goods and handicrafts, has remained consistent over the years.

Add to that ever-changing entertainment, from sideshows to carnival rides, from tractor pulls to major musical acts on the main stage, from fair day games to demolition derbies and automobile thrill shows.

Throw in a host of vendors tempting the taste buds with a variety of fair foods, often fried and served on a stick to make for easy eating while strolling along a paved midway and soaking up the sights.

While harness racing began last night, the action on the midway gets under way when the gates open at 4 p.m. today with plenty of options for family fun that will be capped off with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday will also feature a country music festival, and the weekend will bring derbies, including kids power wheels events. The fun will continue to build all week next week.

The fair has a lot to offer — but a shrinking base of dedicated volunteers who make it happen each year.

Our hats go off to members of the fair board whose members tirelessly contribute to keeping the fair tradition alive in our backyard. They could use more help to keep the event going.

The annual Lycoming County Fair is a treat for the greater community. It’s something we should all support.

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