93rd Ephrata Fair arrives here TuesdayFull week of activities planned; contest entries accepted Monday; new merchandise offered

By on September 14, 2011

The 93rd Ephrata Fair is coming to town Sept. 20-24 and as always, will have something for everyone all week.

In addition to its full slate of activities in Tent City and on the Midway, as well as the grand parade Wednesday, this year, the fair will feature new merchandise. More on that later.

Everything gets underway with contest entries being accepted at The Ephrata Review, Fair office building, Pioneer Fire Hall, Ephrata Borough Hall and Grater Park Monday afternoon (full details available in fair guide)

Then as night falls Monday evening and judges begin eyeing up the entries throughout town, the streets of the Central Business District will close and the massive set-up will begin. Before Tuesday arrives, the fair will be in place along Main and State streets, as well as tent city. By lunchtime Tuesday, the first happy fairgoers will be enjoying the buffet of foods available along the midway.

Wednesday brings one of the largest parades in Pennsylvania, as things get underway from the high school at 7 p.m. Thursday is highlighted by a day off school for Kiddies Day from noon-6 p.m. Friday is Family Fun Night in Tent City and Saturday features a quoits tournament starting at 8 a.m., as well as the brand new cornhole tourney there as well, starting at 9.

As for the new merchandise, the 2012 Ephrata Fair calendar will be on sale at the Ephrata Fair office and other locations during the week. The calendar is packed with pictures from the "Largest Street Fair in Pennsylvania." Calendars will be on sale for $10.

The fair will also be selling official Ephrata Fair tote/back packs. These bags come in six different colors. The fair will continue to sell Ephrata Fair commemorative crocks this year at a reduced price of $25. They can be bought at the Ephrata Fair office.

The Ephrata Fair Raffle is returning this year and will feature three cash prizes. Tickets may be purchased during fair week in the office or raffle locations throughout the midway. Tickets will be sold at Tent City on Tuesday only.

Finally, there will be a silent auction for the 2010 Quilt Block Contest quilt. This quilt in fall colors will be on display at the fair office, 19 S. State St., and the fair will accept bids through Sept. 24. All proceeds benefit the Ephrata Fair.

Fair books with full details of the week ahead are available in the fair office at 19 South State Street and The Review office at 1 East Main Street. More FAIR, page A4

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