Wild & Wooly was the theme for the 2018 Kutztown Fair, but the fair committee should have also added wet.
The fair opened on Aug. 13 with heavy rain and flooding. After rain and more rain off and on all that week, the Kutztown Fair concluded Aug. 18 with Children’s Day, which included a performance by Marian and Friends, Lego Contest, Sheep Shearing, Scavenger Hunt and Children’s Day Prize Drawing.
“Attendance has been much better than expected with all the unfortunate weather,” said Lolly Lesher, Kutztown Fair Chair. “The fair continued with all of the contests and competitions despite all the rain we had. The livestock shows and the competitive exhibits had a great showing and were not hampered by the rain.”
Adding, she said, “Weather is always a challenge, but we made the most of it. You have to remember the fair is run by a large group of volunteers, who are working hard to present a fun and educational experience.”
Throughout the week, Lesher said fair visitors “LOVED” the new displays and presentation of the exhibits.
“It was the result of many volunteer hours and donations that created the spectacular presentations of the entries,” she said.
Highlights of the fair included the beautiful hand-crafted, loomed shawl that the Berks County 4-H Sheep club members wove during the week.
“It was a beautiful work of craftsmanship. The sheep shearing demonstrations and the live music were big hits,” said Lesher.
Lesher thanked everyone that came out to the fair.
“Thanks to all the community groups that worked so hard preparing and selling food all week, and the exhibitors for making our fair fabulous,” said Lesher.
Jeremiah Heydt of Texas returned to his native Kutztown to serve up Dutch Fries at the Kutztown Fair as a member of the Lions Club.
“We’re cooking up and just making people happy for the fair,” said Heydt at the Kutztown Lions Club food stand on the final day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 18.
His favorite part about the fair is working in the stand and serving people good things to eat.
“It’s good to be home. I’ve lived in Texas for 18 years and it’s really nice to be back in Kutztown,” said Heydt.
Louise DeVall waited on customers and worked behind the grill at the Kutztown Grange food stand.
“What do I like about the Kutztown Fair? It’s a tradition. I’ve been coming since I was a kid. Lived in Kutztown my whole life. It’s just a summer time tradition,” said DeVall. “I like the different contests that people can enter. My kids enjoy entering the contests.”
The Kutztown Fair drew people out to the Kutztown Fairgrounds for a day of fun from near and far.
“The fair is fun. It’s a great community event in Kutztown,” said John Scott a resident of Upper Milford and 1st Vice-President & Treasurer of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, who brought his wife and kids out for a day of fun Saturday, Aug. 18. “I enjoy seeing all of the people and eating the good local food from the different clubs that put the food out. The kids enjoy the rides and games, just good family fun in Kutztown.”
Lorri Gessner from Green Lane enjoyed coming out to the Fair with her grandchildren Kendyl and Cooper Barron, 9, and Megan Barron, 17, of Pottstown area.
“The rides, fun, reasonable priced day,” brought them out to Kutztown. Their favorite part were the rides and food. They finished off the day at the races. “A day out with grandma!”
Lesher said plans are already underway for the 2019 Kutztown Fair.
“We are always looking for volunteers to assist with the competitions and the organization of the fair. Anyone interested can contact the fair office or message us on Facebook.”