Carnivals and fairs are finally returning to Franklin County starting this week.
Just like everything else fun, they were canceled last year due to the pandemic.
There will be plenty of opportunities to make up for those lost summer memories over the next several weeks. Check out this list of carnivals and fairs in and near Franklin County.
Fayetteville Firemen’s Carnival
Enjoy bingo, rides, games, food trucks and live entertainment. The fire company’s food stand will offer its “famous” homemade chicken corn soup and ham and bean soup. Don’t miss the fireworks on June 12 (rain date on June 11).
When: Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 12. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department’s carnival grounds, 101 W. Main St., Fayetteville
Cost: Parking and admission are free. Bring money for rides, games and food.
Live music: Bands take the stage at 7 p.m. each night. Here’s the schedule: June 3: Guilford Station; June 4: Hubcaps; June 5: Mustang Sally; June 6: Make Mine Country; June 7: The Amish Outlaws; June 8: Sandalwood; June 9: Cash Unchained; June 10: Regan Year; June 11: Chris Woodward; June 12: Revolution.
More info: Check out the fire department’s Facebook page for updates.
The Marion Festivals
Rides, games, bingo and entertainment are featured each Saturday evening in June in this little town between Greencastle and Chambersburg. Food trucks and Marion Volunteer Fire Company’s food stand will be open.
Proceeds from this event pay for the street lights in Marion and help the Marion Athletic Association and the fire department.
When: June 5, 12, 19 and 26. The kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. each day.
Where: Marion Festival Grounds, 82 Kennedy St., Marion
Cost: No charge to park, but bring money for rides, games and food
Live music: Each festival will have three free shows (6:15, 7:30 and 9 p.m.) by a live band. Here’s the schedule: June 5: Brush Fire Band; June 12: No Limit; June 19: Bobby D & the Truck Stop Burritos; June 26: Make Mine Country.
More info: http://www.mv8fc.com/
Mont Alto Fireman’s Carnival
Nine nights of carnival rides, food, 25-cent bingo, small games for cash and prizes, and live music. Don’t miss the fireworks on June 18 (rain date, June 19)
When: Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 19. The kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mont Alto Fire Company Event Complex, 603 E. Main St., Mont Alto
Cost: Bring money for rides, games and food. The kitchen will accept major credit cards.
Live music: June 11: Luke Lucas; June 12: Countdown Band; June 13: Fabulous Hubcaps; June 14: Chris Woodward and Shindiggin; June 15: Reagan Years; June 16: Amish Outlaws; June 17: Michael Christopher Band; June 18: Dean Crawford, Dunns River Band; June 19: Out of Line
Franklin County Fair
If your family needs a break from the Ferris wheels, Zippers, Scramblers and other traditional carnival rides, go to this county fair for something a little different. The midway is home to a variety of bounce houses, obstacle courses, a rock-climbing wall and other attractions.
It is a county fair, so the schedule is full of livestock shows, truck and tractor pulls and various contests. Kids can even compete in the Barnyard Olympics or the coloring contest.
When: Sunday, July 11 through Saturday, July 17. Monday through Saturday, the grounds and food stands will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., although some livestock events begin at 9. The bounce houses and other attractions open at 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and at noon on Saturday. Only the food stands (5 p.m.) and the annual vesper service (6 p.m.) will take place on Sunday.
Where: Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club, 3725 Warm Spring Road, Chambersburg
Cost: Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
- Franklin County Fair Royalty contests: Girls and teens compete on Monday evening for the opportunity to represent the county fair and local agriculture for the next year. Little Miss pageant, 6 p.m.; Princess pageant, 7 p.m.; Queen pageant, 8 p.m.
- Barnyard Olympics, Saturday: Kids ages 3 and older compete (by age classes) in “home spun games” including bale throw, sack race, egg toss and an obstacle course. The event is at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Midway Stage. Register starting one hour before, same place.
- Live music: Musical acts will perform on the Midway Stage — Elvis the Tribute by David King, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Keystone State Quartet (Southern gospel), 7 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; Rock ‘n Roll Relics, 7:30 and 9; New Country (traditional country), 7 and 9 p.m.
- Baby Barnyard: Who doesn’t want to meet little piglets, calves, chicks, billies, lambs and other baby furry friends? There are even some animals this year – even hatching chicks – as well as ag education stations and a kids’ corner with face painting, coloring, storytime and crafts. This attraction is open every day of the fair, all day (except for Saturday when it opens at noon), under the tent on the midway. In addition, there will be an educational talk about a different farm animal each weekday at 6 p.m.
- Arena events: The arena will be a busy place during fair week as the home of the popular Interstate Truck and Tractor Pull (7 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Friday), Skid Loader Rodeo (7 p.m. Tuesday), Antique Tractor Pull (6 p.m. Wednesday), and Garden Tractor Pull (7 p.m. Thursday). Bullride Mania, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, will also take place there.
Full schedule and other details: https://www.franklincountyfair.org/
Shippensburg Community Fair
Thousands of people visit this staple of the Shippensburg community every year. There are 35 rides by Pennwood Amusements and more than 20 food stands hosted by local nonprofit organizations, and the schedule is full of livestock shows and contests and other agriculture events.
When: Monday, July 26 to Saturday, July 31. The fair is officially open 4-11 p.m. every day, but it opens early at 10:30 a.m. for Kiddie Day on Wednesday and Saturday. Some food vendors are open for lunch. A Shippensburg Band concert and community vespers service will take place July 25 on the fair stage.
Where: Shippensburg Community Fairgrounds, 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg
Cost: Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle. Weekly parking passes are $15. For rides during regular fair hours, tickets are $1 apiece (or $30 for 40) and wristbands for unlimited rides are $25.
- Kiddie Day: Held 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, this is the time to bring the kids to the Shippensburg Fair. All rides are discounted to one ticket, and wristbands are just $15. The ticket stands close at 3:30.
- Fair food: One day at the fair is not enough to get a taste of what the food stands have to offer. Check out the menu at the fair website, shippensburgfair.squarespace.com.
- Fair Royalty Pageants: Girls and teens will compete Monday evening on the fair stage for the opportunity to represent the fair and agriculturism in the Shippensburg area. Queen pageant, 7:30 p.m.; Little Miss pageant, 6 p.m.
- Live music: Four live bands will perform free shows at 7:30 p.m. — The Chris Ruble Band (country/classic rock), Tuesday; Into the Spin (pop, rock, soul), Wednesday; Presley and Taylor (country duet), Thursday; The Hobbs Sisters (modern country), Saturday.
Full schedule and other details: https://shippensburgfair.squarespace.com/
Bonus: Fulton County Fair
Take a trip west on U.S. 30 over the mountain for a good time at this fair, which is celebrating its 100th year in 2021.
When: Sunday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 7. Rides open at 5 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
Where: 888 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg
Cost: Admission is $9 including rides and $6 without rides; kids 2 and under free, rides not included.
Full schedule and other details: http://www.fultoncountypafair.com
Amber South can be reached at [email protected]
This article originally appeared on Chambersburg Public Opinion: These are the carnivals and fairs happening in 2021 in the Franklin County region
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