This year's fair will feature a variety of new attractions to eat, ride or experience.
Utz: There is a new logo at the fair. Hanover-based snack manufacturer Utz Quality Foods partnered with the York Expo Center for naming rights to the former Toyota Arena after Toyota opted not to renew its sponsorship. In May, Utz announced that its name would be bannered on the 74,000-square-foot center as part of a five-year sponsorship deal. Utz will also put York Fair stickers on its snacks at area retailers.Fairgoers can get $3 off a regular adult admission all day Tuesday and Wednesday at the fair when they present the sticker.
York Fair Queen: Nicole McCord, 20, of Delta, was crowned York Fair Queen Aug. 17. The fair, which got its start in 1765, has never had a queen, said general manager Mike Froehlich. The contest was open to entrants ages 16 to 20 who lived in York County, attended school here or participated in the York County Future Farmers of America or 4-H. McCord, an animal science major at Penn State, will be an ambassador of the fair, Froehlich said. In January, she'll compete against other state fair queens in Hershey.
Vietnam veterans experience: York Fair president Gene Schenck, a Vietnam War veteran, is hoping to attract other vets and community members to an exhibit to commemorate the 40th anniversary of troops returning from Vietnam. Schenck said the attraction, which will be housed along Race Track Circle near Gate 9, will include a welcome home aspect, a living classroom and veterans resources. He added that he's hoping to hang a large map of Vietnam, so veterans can mark where they served.
New rides: Froehlich said that there are about 50 rides at the York Fair. Many have been popular in the past, but there are a few new attractions. Topspin, which Froehlich described as a "high-capacity seated, twisting ride," will turn riders upside down. A yellow roller coaster built last month at the York Fairgrounds is not approved for use in Pennsylvania and will not run at the fair unless it is inspected and passes state safety regulations. As of Tuesday, Schenck said he wasn't sure if the 54-foot-tall "Mine Bender" coaster would run at the fair.
Food: The York Fair is bringing back corn on the cob and lots of it, Froehlich said. There is a vendor who can cook 700 ears in an hour, he added. The veggie treat was popular in the past and has been a hit recently at other state fairs. Of course, there will be many returning staples. Visitors in the mood for fried fare can pop deep-fried gummy bears among other offerings. Another vendor will feature grilled cheese sandwiches with just about every fixin' diners can imagine, Froehlich said.
- ERIN McCRACKEN,
If you go
Gates open 11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and noon Monday through Sept. 12 at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township. Rides start an hour or more after gates open. Exhibit buildings are open until 9 p.m. daily. Commercial buildings are open until 10 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6 to 18 and free for kids 5 and younger. Parking is $7. All-day ride passes for one day at the fair can be purchased for $16 today. Passes cost $18 to $23 during the fair.
For details, call 717-848-2596 or visit www.yorkfair.org.
Friday: $1 admission for everyone all day; free admission for scouts and scout leaders in uniforms as well as seniors with Medicare card; $1 rides on Deggeller rides on the midway
Sunday: Free admission for a family of four
3 to 5 p.m. with a Weis Markets Preferred Shoppers Club Card
Monday: Free admission all day for four people with one coupon from the Community Courier
Tuesday: $3 off a regular adult admission all day with a York Fair sticker from Utz snacks
Wednesday: Free admission all day for firefighters, police and EMTs as well as active duty military members or veterans with proper ID; $3 off a regular adult admission all day with a York Fair sticker from Utz snacks
Sept. 13: Free admission 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for one adult with a pre-schooler; Kiddie Kingdom wristbands are $10 until 3 p.m.
Sept. 15: Free admission all day for a family of four with a Weis Markets Preferred Shoppers Club Card