SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. — It’s time. Time to break out the show halters, oil up the clippers, and make sure the animals that have been running in the pasture know exactly what a show stick is.
Time for antique tractors, sewing projects, canned goods, and field and garden bounty to come to be evaluated by judges and on display.
It’s a favorite summer/fall tradition among many households, and it’s here.
One of the first to open their gates to the community is the Schnecksville Fair, which concludes today.
The first year the Schnecksville Fire Company held a small carnival to support a building fund, a 1932 Ford Fire Truck, complete with hay bales, was the only ride and took a journey around the perimeter of the fire company’s land. The Ladies Auxiliary provided home-cooked food and bands performed on a flatbed trailer.
Now with 30 years under its belt, the fair features six full days and almost 1,200 exhibits plus 200 animals as they opened for the 31st time this year.
This year, there were about 200 animals entered in the fair, including 13 swine, 22 sheep, 42 goats, 13 beef and 8 dairy beef. Additionally there were more than 100 rabbits and pigeons.
Market swine were on display a decision that took some serious thought.
In light of the risks posted by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), officials from the Schnecksville Fair met with exhibitors to decide about exhibiting hogs this year. In the end both parties decided to let market hogs come to show, since they will not return to the farm, and this year 13 hogs were entered, according to Schnecksville Fair Livestock Superintendent Noami Grim.
PEDv is a disease that causes significant sickness in swine, affecting their growth and health, and causes high mortality in piglets. It only affects pigs and does not pose any risk to people or pets.
In the dairy show, Lynnacres Farm brought home supreme champion title with a Holstein senior two year old owned by Josh Dietrich of New Tripoli.
Additionally several Special Baking Contests include Apple Pie, PA Preferred Cookie, Brownie and Bar Contest, Angel Food Cake, Rhubarb Dessert, PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest, and the Youth Cupcake Contest.
For the second year, the Needlecraft Department hosted a special Quilt Contest, with two winners receiving $100 plus a Best of Show ribbon.