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Inaugural Carbon County Fair Harvest Festival set for Oct. 2-4

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The Carbon County Fair Board have created a new attraction for visitors to flock to the fairgrounds off Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

The inaugural Carbon County Fair Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 2-4 along Little Gap Road. It will run from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 2-3, and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4, and feature seven events on 30 acres, according to board President Robert Silliman.

Silliman said there will be food vendors, a demolition derby, rides and free kids tents, and entertainment courtesy of bands such as The Majestics, Steel Creek, and the Cramer Brothers.

He said they are seeking crafters and specialty vendors only, as the food vendors are all filled up.

Silliman said the Harvest Festival hopes to serve as an outlet for people anxious to partake in a safe outdoor activity.

“There has been nothing going on, and I think everybody is tired of being shut in and they want to go out, but do it safely,” Silliman said. “We are going to be doing everything by the CDC guidelines, and will be following those as best as we can.”

Silliman said visitors will be required to wear masks before entering the event, and everyone who comes in must sign a COVID-19 liability release form.

“We’ll be checking temperatures before anybody comes in,” he said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of sanitizing repeatedly throughout the day, and will have a couple of groups coming in to help sanitize tables and chairs throughout the day.”

Silliman noted that rides will be sanitized every 20 minutes, while the various attractions will be spread out accordingly.

“We’re going to do everything safely,” he said. “We just ask everybody to respect each other’s space.”

In June, the board announced this year’s Carbon County Fair, which would have been held Aug. 3-8, had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The main reason we couldn’t have the fair is 4H (Penn State Extension) was shut down,” Silliman said. “Our fair actually centers around 4H; it would have been very difficult to do anything without them.

Nobody knew a couple of months ago what the guidelines were going to be.”

Silliman said the board will hold the 2021 fair on Aug. 9-13 at the fairgrounds off Little Gap Road.

For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Silliman at 570-657-7129.

A look at the 2019 Carbon Fairgrounds. A Harvest Festival will be held in October to give people something to do with the fair being canceled because of the pandemic. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO