There can’t be too many annual events in Chester County that can top the Kimberton Community Fair when it comes to longevity. The fair, which runs from July 22-27, is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2013.
First staged in 1929, the Kimberton Community Fair is one of the oldest community fairs in the state — and one of the last “free admission” fairs operating in the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.
The Kimberton Fair is a “free admission fair with parking by donation.” That means that all of the entertainment shows, nightly contests, exhibit buildings and livestock displays are free to all visitors. There are charges for ride wristbands and tickets, games and concessions and food. There is also a fee to play BINGO.
As always, the fair will be at the Kimberton Fairgrounds on Route 113 approximately one mile south of Phoenixville. The non-profit event, which lists the volunteer Kimberton Fire Company as its beneficiary, attracts more than 60,000 people each year.
The mid-summer festival is a traditional family event with a wide array of live entertainment, educational exhibits and programs and a variety of agricultural and festival-related competitions (which are held nightly). Most importantly, it features a fun-filled midway with amusement games.
Competitions are organized into youth and adult categories for sewing, needlecraft, arts and crafts, vegetables, horticulture, herbs, hay and grain, photography, honey and maple syrup, baking, homemade wines and beers and furniture-making. There will also be open class and 4-H competitions for Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Breeding Sheep, and Market Steer livestock. Competitions are held nightly during Fair week.
The most popular attraction at the festive event is the midway with amusement games and rides. The rides, which are owned and operated by Reithoffer Shows, require from one to three tickets ($1 per ticket).
During the week, riders can purchase $20 wristbands that are good for unlimited rides. On July 27, a $15 wristband is good for unlimited rides from noon-5 p.m. and a $20 wristband covers unlimited rides from 5 p.m. until closing.
The Kimberton Fair is a “rain-or-shine” event — more-or-less. According to the event’s website, they never officially “close” the fair as a result of rain because they must remain “open” to adhere to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture operating guidelines.
The competitive exhibits hall, livestock buildings, food concessions and bingo stay open even in inclement weather. But, the amusement company reserves the right to shut down any amusement ride if the weather causes safety issues.
In other words check the weather forecast before you head out to Kimberton.
Live music performances will be presented throughout the week and there will also be pie-eating contests, baby contests, log-sawing contests and the crowning of the Fair Queen. Also featured will be radio station B-100’s “Buzz Bee” (July 23 and 26) and the Phillie Phanatic (July 23).
What: 85th Annual Kimberton Community Fair
When: July 22-27; 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Kimberton Fairgrounds, Route 113, Kimberton
Tickets: Free - parking donation requested
Information: 610-933-4566 or kimbertonfair.org