Professional wrestling, a tractor pull, and two demolition derbies are highlights at the 11th annual Carbon County Fair.
The fair will be held Aug. 11-15 along Little Gap Road near Palmerton.
At this year's fair, there will be live entertainment, along with a wide array of fair food, agricultural displays, exhibits and rides. Not to disappoint you, get ready for two demolition derbies, the antique field stock tractor pull and new this year, a professional wrestling event that includes a ladies bout as well as a steel cage match.
The fair offers plenty of free parking and musical entertainment for one admission price. For children 10 and under admission to the fair is free.
The fair kicks off on Aug. 11 with a spectacular fireworks display. According to Bob Silliman, fair president, the fireworks have been known to draw crowds from at least 100 miles away.
Earl Reabold, entertainment chairman, said that this year's musical entertainment line-up includes a wide array of artists – something sure to appeal to everyone's musical senses.
On Wednesday at 5 p.m., there will be an opening ceremony with several dignitaries on hand. The opening program will also feature the crowning of the 4th annual fair queen.
Following the opening ceremony, relax and listen to oldies played by local band, Remember When.
At 7 p.m., the fair's first professional wrestling event will be held in the arena. The open day events conclude with the and the fireworks display at 10:15 p.m.
Children's Day will be held on Thursday, and kinds age 12 and under can register for a chance to win one of six free bicycles, with a drawing at the main stage at approximately 8 p.m. In addition, the first 400 children to enter Farmer for A Day will receive a coupon for a free dinner at Old Country Buffet.
Each child entering Farmer for a Day will receive a special treat from Just Born, Inc.
Dapper Dan the clown will stroll along the midway with his famous chicken in hand.
Starting the evening of musical entertainment will be Glenn Miller, the one man band with a show at 6 p.m. followed by Doug Brewin, in a tribute to Alan Jackson, at 8 p.m.
On Friday, Penn's Peak Radio & TV DJ, "The Doctor," will rev up the crowd starting at 5 p.m. The world's greatest Elvis Impersonator, Ryan Pelton, will rock the crowd with shows at 7 and 9 p.m.
Registration for the old fashioned games begins at 6 p.m. An antique Field Stock Tractor Pull will be held in the arena.
The country band The Cramer Brothers will hit the stage at 4 & 7 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. New this year, is Wilson Fairchild (sons of the Statler brothers) with local guest Donna Parsons.
On Sunday, closing night of the fair, the crowd will hear some blue grass music played by Santara Winds at 4 p.m. The show band, Uptown, will appear on stage for two shows at 7 and 9 p.m.
Eva, age 11, goes on stage at 8 p.m. Reabold noted that Eva was a real crowd pleaser at this year's Pennsylvania State Association of County Fair's Convention where hundreds listened and were amazed at her vocals.
Other daily midway entertainment will include Dapper Dan the clown, a "Hit and Miss" engine display, Farmer for a Day, Smokey Bear, Tee-Pee display, farm animals, exhibits, and the return of nightly chain saw carvings.
Demolition derbies are slated for Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The Thursday derby features figure 8 and compact cars, while the Sunday event includes large and compact cars, and perhaps a surprise or two. The derbies are always a sell out and the fair pays out one of the highest "purses" for the derbies in the area, Reabold said.
Midway rides and carnival attractions will once again be provided by Goodtime Amusements. Ride specials will run 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. A $2 discount coupon for each rider is available at http://www.jtmonline.com/good-time/coupon.html.
Displays, and daily judging of livestock and rabbits, will be held in the agricultural area and the annual 4-H Livestock sale will be held on Saturday. All registration/entry forms must be postmarked by July 24.
The fair is located three miles east of Palmerton.