The autumn months are the most popular time to visit Lancaster County for a number of reasons, including typically great weather, fall harvest activities, and plenty of things to do including local fairs and festivals. My favorite fair of all is our local one, the Grand-Daddy of all street fairs in Pennsylvania, the Ephrata Fair… now in their 93rd year!
Not familiar with the Ephrata Fair? Well, it’s definitely a Lancaster County event worth experiencing…click on this video for a quick overview.
During the week of September 20 – 24, Pennsylvania’s largest Street Fair transforms the streets of downtown Ephrata from busy roads with cars and trucks to a week of enjoyment and entertainment. Both Main and State Streets (downtown) are closed to make room for rides and local food stands, offering fun, relaxation and a chance to mingle with friends. Also scattered throughout town are displays of food, vegetables, crafts and the Agriculture exhibit at the park.
Here are my favorite events each day of the fair:
Tuesday: Midway Opens (my favorite thing ALL week!), Antique Tractor Games & Rooster and Pig chase
Wednesday: Senior Citizen Day, Parade
Thursday: Kiddie Day, Pedal Tractor Pull, Tug-of-War
Friday: Calf dressing contest, Family Fun Contests
Saturday: Cornhole Tournament (new this year), Baby Parade
Rooms at the Historic Smithton Inn are booking up, but no matter when you want to come to town, just give us a call and we’ll either book a room with us, or help you find a room at a nearby B&B or hotel.