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Lancaster Fair trying a few new things this year

LANCASTER — Keeping a Labor Day weekend tradition going is one of the oldest fairs in New England, the Lancaster Fair, beginning Aug. 28 and continuing through Sept. 2, kicking off its 143rd year.

Samantha Canton, director of the fair for the last eight years, said Lancaster Fair draws more than 45,000 people per year. Though it's been around for generations and continues to grow in popularity, the fair is always evolving each year to keep things new and exciting and more convenient for return guests, according to Canton.

"This year we revised admission cost to offer a 'pay one price' admission where one price covers admission and midway rides," she said. "The music events are also free with your fair admission. It just allows families to enjoy more of the fair and plan for the special events that are a separate ticket price like the monster truck show."

On Friday night, the popular Monster Truck Invasion Tour will feature "Big Foot" and its daredevil driver, Doug Danger, to demonstrate truck jumping at its best starting at 7 p.m.. Danger delights crowds all over New England with his super large monster truck and its ability to climb over almost anything. Separate ticket price for the show is $10.

Also new entertainment at the fair on Saturday, the Johnny Cash tribute band, The Spirit of Johnny Cash Band, takes the stage at the main grandstand at 3 p.m., and a Tribute to the Beatles by the All Together Band begins at 7 p.m.

Canton says "Kids Korner," which was expanded a couple of years ago to a larger location on the 65-acre fair site, offers free activities for children including multiple performances by professional ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher, who will display her unforgettable characters, inanimate objects, and voice illusions to lure audiences into her magical and intriguing world of comedy.

Located in the rear of the fairgrounds directly across from Fuller's Sugar House, guests may look for the big white "Kids Korner" tent. Stop by and make a free craft, play in the enormous sand pile, create a masterpiece on the giant chalkboard, become a "Farmer for a Day," enjoy the Lancaster Fair scavenger hunt or ride on the Lancaster Fair train.Old favorites, according to Canton, include pedal tractor rides and the Little Miss Lancaster Fair pageant; based on interview and poise.

Events returning this year include agriculture activities, a large midway, 4-H exhibits, diverse musical entertainment and motorized competitions such as pulling events with horses, tractors and oxen, as well as the popular demolition derby.

An animal exhibition for all dog lovers spotlights sheep dogs in action as they compete for the best sheep-herding skills at the fair.

Free activities, shows, and events are within the gates at the fair and parking is free. For more information, a daily schedule and the latest entertainment lineup, visit online at

General admission Wednesday, Thursday and Monday for those 36 inches and taller, which includes admission and rides, is $16. General admission Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with rides, is $18. Children under 3-feet-tall are admitted free. Senior citizens days, for those 62 and older, are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with a discount of $2 off general admission.


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