Luzerne County Fair starts Wednesday, brings brand new attractions

Ray Warner, of Nicholson, unloads what he calls his ‘high boy’ at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The vehicle is made from parts of a tractor and a Harley Davidson. Warner, his brother and the ‘high boy’ will be in the tractor tent at the Luzerne County Fair which begins Wednesday.

Chairmen of Open Class Cathy Martin ties ribbons to winning works of art in the youth category on Tuesday morning in preparation for the Luzerne County Fair.

Ray Warner of Nicholson unloads his creation which he calls his high boy the vehicle is made from parts of a tractor as well as a Harley Davidson. Warner and his brother will be in the tractor tent at the Luzerne County Fair which begins tomorrow. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Chairmen of Open Class Cathy Martin ties ribbons to winning works of art in the youth category on Tuesday morning in preparation for the Luzerne County Fair.

Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Ray Warner, of Nicholson, unloads what he calls his ‘high boy’ at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The vehicle is made from parts of a tractor and a Harley Davidson. Warner, his brother and the ‘high boy’ will be in the tractor tent at the Luzerne County Fair which begins Wednesday.

Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Ray Warner of Nicholson unloads his creation which he calls his high boy the vehicle is made from parts of a tractor as well as a Harley Davidson. Warner and his brother will be in the tractor tent at the Luzerne County Fair which begins tomorrow. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Aimee Dilger | Times Leader


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LUZERNE COUNTY FAIR

When: Wednesday through next Sunday. The fair will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 3605 Route 118, Lehman Township. Cost: $ 10 per person, but children 2 and younger will be admitted for free. The $ 10 price does not include specials.

More info: luzernecountyfair.com.

Sponsor of the Year: Times Leader Media Group

LEHMAN TWP. — At the 55th Annual Luzerne County Fair, you’ll be able to take part in all your fair favorites — fried food, amusement rides and … sharks?

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday and continues until Sunday at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds.

While the fair will still feature all of the things that you’ve come to expect from it, it will also be the home to a few new exhibits that have never come to the fair before.

All of these attractions are sure to bring in plenty of people. According to Brenda Pugh, the fair’s chairperson, last year’s fair brought in 39,000 people.

“We had one nasty, rainy day last year,” Pugh said. But on years without rain, Pugh said the fair attracts around 50,000 people.

Animal lovers will be excited to hear that this year’s fair will feature sharks, stingrays and even tigers.

Pugh said the animals will be brought in by a series of companies with the goal of educating those who come to see them.

HAAI Inc., from Myakka City, Fla., is bringing in a mobile 5,000-gallon aquarium to show off sharks acquired from aquariums nationwide. The exhibit will teach fair-goers about sharks, including conservation efforts and myths about them.

Stingray Encounter LLC will feature another type of marine life, allowing fair-goers to get up close and personal with the playful animals. And Nerger’s Tiger Show will show off some tigers that were born in captivity.

But besides the variety of exotic animals, you’ll find all of the usual fair attractions, like performances, tractor pulls and competitions.

If you think you make the best apple pie or angel food cake, or if you’d like to submit your livestock for 4-H titles, you can try your hand at these competitions and more at this year’s fair.

If that’s not your thing, there will be different performances every night, featuring acts like Rick K and the All Nighters and Walker Hayes.

Tickets each day are $ 10 per person, with children under 2 getting in for free. Seniors can take advantage of Thursday’s Senior Night, paying only $ 5 to get in.

On Thursday, $ 2 from each regular admission and $ 1 from each senior ticket sold will be donated to the Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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