Not this year.
The 2013 Franklin County Fair starts Sunday and runs through Saturday, July 13, at the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club at 3725 Warm Spring Road in Chambersburg, off Pa. 995.
“We were stagnant. We needed a facelift,” Robert Eckstine, president of the fair board, said Tuesday at the fair office.
Changing the date of the county fair had been discussed for more than a year, but Eckstine said fair officials had to make sure all of the vendors and other parties involved could accommodate a date change.
A number of dates were discussed that would not conflict or compete with other fairs or shows before deciding on the week of July 7-13, he said.
All but a handful of vendors could make the new date, Eckstine said.
This year’s rides and attractions will be provided by a new vendor to the fair — Reithoffer Shows, which will handle the midway portion of the fair.
The former ride vendor had prior commitments, Eckstine said.
“I’m excited about this year’s rides” Eckstine said, adding that the fair will have the same number of rides, but they will be much larger than in previous years.
“The rides are just huge,” Eckstine said.
This year, fair-goers will notice an overflow of vendors.
“I am just elated with the response that we have gotten from vendors,” Eckstine said. “We have absolutely no space available on this fairgrounds for rental space and people are still calling. That’s never happened before.”
The county fair has evolved into an annual tradition typically drawing as many as 20,000 people, according to fair officials.
Eckstine is hoping this year is one of the biggest for fair attendance.
The fair officially will open Sunday with the 38th annual Vesper Service at 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Reuben Egolf will be the speaker at the service, and music will be provided by The Gospel Travelers of Frederick, Md.
Food stands will be open Sunday, but no rides or exhibits will be open.
When the hunger pangs hit, Eckstine said there’s the traditional fair mainstays such as country ham sandwiches, french fries, pulled pork sandwiches and chicken dinners, but this year, there are some tasty new treats such as frozen sorbet and huge soft pretzels.
Admission costs $10 a carload or $5 for walk-in and single admission, Eckstine said.
Parking is free every night.
Eckstine said the fair board tries to make the fair affordable while still being able to pay its bills on the land it rents.
“A lot of people don’t realize we pay rent on this land,” he said. “The fair owns the biggest percentage of buildings. We pay all real estate taxes on all of these buildings that we own here, and we pay all the insurance, so there’s a lot of hidden fees that people don’t realize.”
The Fair Queen and Little Miss will be crowned Monday night on the midway stage, and a countywide karaoke contest will be Tuesday. A talent contest will take place Wednesday, and there will be an antique tractor pull and The Silver Eagle Band will perform Thursday.
A truck and tractor pull, sponsored by Forrester Farm Equipment LT and Jennings Chevrolet, Buick & GMC Inc., will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the arena, and championship pro wrestling will feature former WWE superstars The Patriot, Salvatore Sincere, Bill Bain and Sexy Shane Shadows.
Saturday is a Special Family Fun Day, featuring free gate admission for everyone until 1:30 p.m. After 1:30 p.m., admission will be $10 a carload or $5 for walk-in and single admission. Children’s rides will be free from 2 to 4 p.m.
On the Web
For more information on the Franklin County Fair, go to www.franklincountyfair.org.