2010 Pennsylvania Fair Guide Offers Affordable Destinations for Families

May 24, 2010

PA’s 115 Fairs Bring Together Farms, Food and Fun

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Affordable, family friendly travel destinations are featured in the 2010 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, now available in print or online, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today.

Offering information on the state’s 115 fairs, the new guide is available at www.agriculture.state.pa.us by searching “Fair Guide.” Information, including locations and dates, is organized by region.

“Pennsylvania’s county and community fairs highlight agriculture while providing a forum to showcase the many unique regions of our state,” said Redding. “Whether it’s a local citizen competing against a neighbor in a fair contest or exhibit, or a family traveling the state to visit multiple fairs, there is no better way to experience Pennsylvania than by enjoying farms, food and fun — all together at one stop.”

The 2010 guide recognizes Century and Bicentennial Fairs, which are those that have been operating for at least 100 and 200 years, respectively. There are 36 century fairs and 4 bicentennial fairs statewide.

“Our century and bicentennial fairs are a great testament to the state’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Redding. “Fairs have always been a special place to showcase the best local agriculture has to offer, and the fact that fairs continue to be operated by dedicated local volunteers is a strong statement about the place fairs have not just in our history, but also in our future.”

The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer live harness racing as part of one of the nation’s leading fair racing programs.

Redding said that in addition to fairs, Pennsylvania is home to other educational and affordable agricultural destinations, including farmers markets, wineries and farm stay bed and breakfasts.

Keystone Country, Governor Edward G. Rendell’s agritourism initiative, highlights these nearby destinations at www.visitpa.com/KeystoneCountry. The site features an interactive map that is searchable by city or region, and lists nearby restaurants, lodging and activities.

For more information about Pennsylvania fairs or agritourism, contact Kristi Rooker at 717-346-4202 or krooker@state.pa.us.

Media contact: Nicole L. C. Bucher, 717-787-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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