Third-generation carnival worker John Wadsworth spends time with his 1,200-pound pig, Bubba, at the York Fair.
Third-generation carnival worker John Wadsworth spends time with his 1,200-pound pig, Bubba, at the York Fair. (File photo)
In years past, residents would watch as circus performers paraded from railroad cars into the York Fair.

Unfortunately for some, the march would last only as long as it would take for the acts to make it to their temporary home at the fairgrounds.

Stories of those impromptu processions are what gave Mike Froehlich the idea to create an attraction

which promises to be a major addition to the York Fair this year.

On Sept. 11, the fair will host it first circus-type parade packed with first responders, public officials, a color guard, fire engines and an tique tractors.

Acts common to the fair will also march along with the parade, said Froehlich, the fair's general manager.

Beginning at the Utz Arena, the procession will wind its way through the property, eventually finishing off at the grandstands.

“This adds to the list of things you can do at the fair that doesn't cost any extra money,” said Gene Schenck, president of the York Fair. “It's included with the admission price, like the pig races, the lumberjack show and the hypnotist and the exotic animal petting zoo.”

Other additions to the fair this year include the Vietnam Veterans Experience, an attraction focused on the Vietnam War, Schenck said.

Regardless of the new acts, the most popular stop at the fair remains the animal birthing center, he said.

“Last year, we had more than 10 live births,” Schenck said. “That's more than one a day.”


Share your photos

CALLING ALL LEVELS of photographers, including mobile photographers. The York Fair begins Friday and runs through Sept. 15, and we want to share your experience through social media.

We are looking for photos that tell your York Fair story: your child eating cotton candy, carnival rides, the shows, etc.

Jan Hombach of Dover Township writes:  Hell Driver smashes into upright car and flips it into the air at the York Fair.
Jan Hombach of Dover Township writes: Hell Driver smashes into upright car and flips it into the air at the York Fair. (File photo)

Photos uploaded to the York Daily Record/Sunday News online galleries at www.ydr.com/gallery may be published in the newspaper.

You can also share your photographs with the hashtag #yorkfair through Face book, Twitter and Instagram. All your photographs, video and texts with the #yorkfair hashtag will be fed through an online live blog. Instagram photos may be reblogged through the YDR Instagram feed.

If you have any questions, call Sonya Paclob at 717-771-2102 or email spaclob@ydr.com.


If you go

ADDRESS: 334 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township.

COST: Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for children; free for children 5 and younger. Parking is $7.

HOURS: Gates open at noon Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.