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York Fair steps up attractions with stingrays

The York Fair is back for another 10-day run of winning prizes, watching pigs race against one another and eating so many pumpkin funnel cakes you won’t want to see powdered sugar again until next year’s fair.

But there’s a few new things on the horizon for this year’s attendees, said York Fair general manager Mike Froehlich.

Alongside the return of the wildly popular Goat Mountain, organizers also have brought in a Stringray Encounter and Butterfly Encounter for fair-goers to interact with more exotic creatures that they may not come into contact with every day.

Prior to the fair’s opening on Friday, a reception was held Thursday night to unveil this year’s butter sculpture and highlight the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition’s photo exhibition, “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania,” honoring women who have battled breast cancer. This display will be shown in Memorial Hall throughout the duration of the fair.

Attendees over 21 can also purchase craft beer and pub food from 2 to 8 p.m. both Saturdays in the Verandah Room. Wyndridge Farms will serve free samples of its Cranberry Cider, Barn Dog Imperial Porter and Laughing Crow IPA from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.

The following week, Lancaster Brewing will serve samples of its Strawberry Wheat, Baked Pumpkin Ale and Hop Hog IPA from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17.

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