The Great Allentown Fair starts tonight; should bring in 500K visitors

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Fair workers set up a food stand in preparation for tonight's opening of the Great Allentown Fair.
Fair workers set up a food stand in preparation for tonight's opening of the Great Allentown Fair. - (Photo By Stacy Wescoe)

The 162nd Great Allentown Fair debuts tonight and runs through Labor Day weekend in Allentown's west end, bringing hundreds of jobs and hoping to attract nearly a half-million visitors.

Owned by the Lehigh County Agricultural Society, The Great Allentown Fair is a multifaceted educational and entertainment extravaganza, between 17th and 21st streets and Liberty and Chew streets in the city, with thousands of participants in its competitive agricultural exhibits that have been the core attraction and mission of the fair since the society was formed in 1852.

“We are excited every year,” said Allentown Fair’s marketing director/talent buyer, Bonnie Brosious. “Each fair is special, and we can reinvent ourselves every year.”

The Allentown Fair sits on a 46-acre lot, known as the Allentown Fairgrounds, which it shares with the Fairgrounds Farmers Market, Agri-Plex Expo Center, Ritz Barbecue restaurant, several banks, a nightclub and the Fairgrounds Hotel.

Among the attractions at this year’s fair is a nightly performance of a premier musical act on the Grandstand stage, including Pitbull, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw. A variety of daily and nightly live musical performances also will be held at Maingate Nightclub, inside the fairgrounds.

For adults and children alike, other activities and events include the Lehigh County 4-H petting zoo, butterfly exhibit, and farm, garden, domestic and fine arts products that will be judged and on display in the fair’s Agri-Plex Expo Center.

A host of carnival games, rides and food concessions, provided by Powers Great American Midway, also will line the midway of the fair.

At least 200 independent food vendors are booked, including Roosevelt’s 21 of Allentown, Brass Rail of Allentown and Willow Street Pub of Coplay in Whitehall Township.

The fair operates with paid employees and volunteers, which together can reach a total of about 3,500. Of that number, about 400 are part of the fair’s paid staff.

“We have a heck of a payroll,” Brosious said.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today in the fair’s Farmarama Theater tent.

• Tonight

4-11 p.m.

Special admission: $3, or bring a can of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank and $1 (kids 12 and under free admission).

• Aug. 27-29

Noon-2 p.m., free admission.

2-11 p.m., $8 adults, $4 senior citizens (kids 12 and under free admission).

• Aug. 30, 31

Noon-11 p.m.

Regular admission: $8 adults, $4 senior citizens (kids 12 and under free admission).

• Sept. 1

Noon-10 p.m.

Regular admission: $8 adults, $4 senior citizens (kids 12 and under free admission).

• Website: www.allentownfair.org.

Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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