2022 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide

The midway at a Pennsylvania fair.

If you’re looking for a guide to the best Pennsylvania fairs in 2022, you’re in the right spot!

Summer night at a Pennsylvania fair.
A summer night at a Pennsylvania fair.

Growing up as a farm kid in western PA, I’ve been going to Pennsylvania fairs my entire life, but for those of you less familiar with the concept, I’ll give you a brief overview of what to expect at one of these celebrations of rural heritage.

Riding Quadzilla at a Pennsylvania fair.
Riding Quadzilla at a county fair.

If you’re already a seasoned fair veteran, scroll down to skip the overview and check out the Pennsylvania fairs schedule, broken down by months.

Baby cakes and fudge puppies for sale at a Pennsylvania fair.
Baby cakes and fudge puppies for sale at a county fair.

What Goes on at a Pennsylvania Fair?

Since the founding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1682, agriculture has been a major part of the state’s economy and social fabric.

Tractor pull at a Pennsylvania fair.
Tractor pull at a Pennsylvania fair.

Fairs began (and continue) as a way to celebrate the successes of the harvest season, through food, entertainment, and friendly competitions among rural Pennsylvanians.

Local country band playing at a Pennsylvania fair.
Local country band playing at a Pennsylvania fair.

If you want bragging rights for growing the biggest pumpkin, raising the the biggest pig, or baking the best cookies, the local fair is the place to put it all on the line!

Giant pumpkins at a Pennsylvania fair.
Giant pumpkins at a Pennsylvania fair.

Pennsylvania Fair Food

One of the great joys of attending a Pennsylvania fair is the food.

Eating corn on the cob at a Pennsylvania fair.
Eating corn on the cob at a Pennsylvania fair.

Throw your diet out the window and take a “cheat day”, because the variety of decadent fair foods is almost endless!

Funnel cake variations at a Pennsylvania fair.
Funnel cake variations at a Pennsylvania fair.

If it can be deep fried or dipped in chocolate, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at one of the “eat stands” at a Pennsylvania fair.

Fudge dipped bacon at a Pennsylvania fair.
Fudge dipped bacon at a Pennsylvania fair.

Livestock at a Pennsylvania Fair

You’ll find all sorts of livestock at a Pennsylvania fair, from baby bunnies to performing pigs!

Performing pigs at a Pennsylvania fair.
Performing pigs at a Pennsylvania fair.

Cows, horses, goats, sheep – there are plenty of opportunities to interact with familiar farm animals.

Petting goats at a Pennsylvania fair.
Petting goats at a Pennsylvania fair.

Some Pennsylvania fairs feature more exotic animals as well, like tiger shows and camel rides.

Camel rides at a Pennsylvania fair.
Camel rides at a Pennsylvania fair.

The Midway at a Pennsylvania Fair

The midway is where you’ll find the rides and games at a Pennsylvania fair.

Lemonade stand at a Pennsylvania fair.
The midway at a Pennsylvania fair.

The bigger the fair, the bigger the rides!

Roller coaster at a Pennsylvania fair.
Roller coaster at a Pennsylvania fair.

You’ll also find plenty of games for kids of all ages, where stuffed animals are often the prize of choice.

Midway games and prizes are a big part of Pennsylvania fairs.
Midway games and prizes are a big part of Pennsylvania fairs.

Walking the midway after dark is especially fun, as the colored lights add a whole new dimension to the spectacle.

Ferris wheel at night during a Pennsylvania fair.
Ferris wheel at night.

2022 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide

Below you’ll find the dates for 2022 Pennsylvania fairs occurring between July and October.

Carnival rides at a Pennsylvania fair.
Carnival rides at a Pennsylvania fair.

Simply click on the blue text links to view the official website of each fair, for hours, admission prices, directions, etc.

Roaming musician at a Pennsylvania county fair.
Roaming musician at a county fair.

If you DON”T see you favorite fair listed below, AND it has a website, feel free to shoot me an email (rusty@rustyglessnerphotography.com) and I’ll add it to the guide!

Roller coaster on the midway at a Pennsylvania fair.
Rollercoaster on the midway at a county fair in PA.

Pennsylvania Fairs in July

Long exposure photo at the Bedford County Fair.
Long exposure photo at the Bedford County Fair.

Big Butler Fair – July 1-9 in Prospect (Butler County)

Wolf’s Corners Fair – July 3-9 in Tionesta (Forest County)

Mercer County Grange Fair – July 5-9 in Mercer (Mercer County)

Berks County Fair – July 10-15 in Leesport (Berks County)

Franklin County Fair – July 10-16 in Chambersburg (Franklin County)

Lycoming County Fair – July 13-23 in Hughesville (Lycoming County)

Jefferson County Fair – July 17-23 in Brookville (Jefferson County)

Jacktown Fair – July 19-23 in Wind Ridge (Greene County)

York Fair – July 22-31 in York (York County)

Lebanon Area Fair – July 23-30 in Lebanon (Lebanon County)

Bedford County Fair – July 24-30 in Bedford (Bedford County)

Shippensburg Community Fair – July 25-30 in Shippensburg (Cumberland County)

Kimberton Fair – July 25-30 in Kimberton (Chester County)

South Mountain Fair – July 26-30 in Arendtsville (Adams County)

Troy Fair – July 28-August 6 in Troy (Bradford County)

Fayette County Fair – July 28-August 6 in Dunbar (Fayette County)

Clarion County Fair – July 31-30 in Fairmount City (Clarion County)

Clinton County Fair – July 31-August 7 in Mackeyville (Clinton County)

Clearfield County Fair – July 31-August 6 in Clearfield (Clearfield County)

Fulton County Fair – July 31-August 6 in McConnellsburg (Fulton County Fair)

Potter County Fair – July 31-August 6 in Millport (Potter County)

Union County West End Fair – July 31-August 6 in Laurelton (Union County)


Pennsylvania Fairs in August

The Kentucky Headhunters at the Clearfield County Fair.
The Kentucky Headhunters performing at a central PA fair.

Cochranton Community Fair – August 1-6 in Cochranton (Crawford County)

Schuylkill County Fair – August 1-6 in Schuylkill Haven (Schuylkill County)

Goshen Country Fair – August 1-6 in West Chester (Chester County).

Wayne County Fair – August 5-13 in Honesdale (Wayne County)

Butler Farm Show – August 5-10 in Butler (Butler County)

Venango County Fair – August 6-13 in Franklin (Venango County)

Montour-Delong Community Fair – August 8-13 in Danville (Montour County)

Cameron County Fair – August 7-13 in Emporium (Cameron County)

Huntingdon County Fair – August 7-13 in Huntingdon (Huntingdon County)

Mifflin County Youth Fair – August 8-13 in Reedsville (Mifflin County)

Tioga County Fair – August 8-13 in Wellsboro (Tioga County)

Kutztown Fair – August 8-13 in Kutztown (Berks County)

Warren County Fair – August 9-13 in Pittsfield (Warren County)

Dayton Fair – August 12-14 in Dayton (Armstrong County)

Bullskin Township Community Fair – August 14-20 in Wooddale (Monroe County)

McKean County Fair – August 14-20 in East Smethport (McKean County)

Harford Fair – August 15-20 in New Milford (Susquehanna County)

Middletown Grange Fair – August 17-21 in Penns Park (Bucks County)

Somerset County Fair – August 18-27 in Meyersdale (Somerset County)

Centre County Grange Encampment & Fair – August 19-27 in Centre Hall (Centre County)

Westmoreland Fair – August 19-27 in Greensburg (Westmoreland County)

Crawford County Fair – August 21-27 in Meadville (Crawford County)

West End Fair – August 21-27 in Gilbert (Monroe County)

Williamsburg Community Farm Show – August 21-26 in Williamsburg (Blair County)

Elizabethtown Fair – August 22-27 in Elizabethtown (Lancaster County)

Hookstown Fair – August 23-27 in Hookstown (Beaver County)

Indiana County Fair – August 25 – September 3 in Indiana (Indiana County)

Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair – August 26-September 4 in Newfoundland (Wayne County)

Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair – August 28-September 3 in Wattsburg (Erie County)

Big Knob Grange Fair – August 30-September 3 in Rochester (Beaver County)

Allentown Fair – August 31-September 5 in Allentown (Lehigh County)

Wyoming County Community Fair – August 28-September 2 in Meshoppen (Wyoming County)

Sullivan County Fair – August 31-September 5 in Forksville (Sullivan County)

The Great Stoneboro Fair– August 31-September 5 in Stoneboro (Mercer County)


Pennsylvania Fairs in September

Long exposure photography makes for a fun evening at a Pennsylvania fair.
Long exposure photography makes for a fun evening at the fair.

Juniata County Fair – September 3-10 in Port Royal (Juniata County)

Ox Hill Community Fair – September 4-11 in Plumville (Indiana County)

Spartansburg Community Fair – September 4-10 in Spartansburg (Crawford County)

American Legion County Fair – September 4-10 in Ebensburg (Cambria County)

Waterford Community Fair – September 5 in Waterford (Erie County)

West Alexander Fair – September 5-10 in West Alexander (Washington County)

Jamestown Community Fair – September 6-10 in Jamestown (Mercer County)

Luzerne County Fair – September 7-11 in Dallas (Luzerne County)

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair – September 12-17 in Middleburg (Snyder County)

Albion Fair – September 13-17 in Albion (Erie County)

Denver Fair – September 13-17 in Denver (Lancaster County)

Southern Lancaster County Fair – September 14-16 in Quarryville (Lancaster County)

Oley Valley Community Fair – September 15-17 in Oley (Berks County)

Hollidaysburg Community Fair – September 16-19 in Hollidaysburg (Blair County)

Beaver Community Fair – September 18-24 in Beaver Springs (Snyder County)

Gratz Fair – September 18-24 in Gratz (Dauphin County)

Ephrata Fair – September 20-24 in Ephrata (Lancaster County)

Bloomsburg Fair – September 23-October 1 in Bloomsburg (Columbia County)

West Lampeter Community Fair – September 28-30 in Lampeter (Lancaster County)

New Holland Farmers Fair – September 28-October 1 in New Holland (Lancaster County)


Pennsylvania Fairs in October

The Hurricane photographed at night at a Pennsylvania fair.
The Hurricane photographed at night at a county fair.

Manheim Community Farm Show – October 3-7 in Manheim (Lancaster County)

Dillsburg Community Fair – October 10-15 in Dillsburg (York County)


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