The Kimberton Community Fair welcomes Bates Brothers Amusement Company from Wintersville, Ohio for its inaugural year as our midway provider. To introduce themselves to the community, Bates Brothers will be offering a "Rides Preview Night" on Sunday, July 20. The public is invited to visit the fairgrounds during this "soft opening" to check out the new variety of rides and games. Visitors should note that there will be limited attractions and concessions open, and that the Fair will not be making donuts on this Preview Sunday.
Another new feature that Bates Brothers will be promoting is nightly ride wristband specials. In previous years, the Fair only offered pay-one-price wristbands on selected nights. Now a nightly wristband can be purchased each night for $15. The band will allow the fairgoer to ride unlimited on rides that normally take tickets. There will be a special $10 wristband available for the Saturday Matinee July 26 from Noon to 5 p.m. A weekly "megapass" band is also available for $40, and is good during midway hours the entire Fair week, including the Sunday Preview Night.
The famous Kimberton Donuts will be in high demand as fairgoers make their annual pilgrimage to buy these mouth-watering treats. Donuts can be purchased at the Kitchen window (no phone orders during Fair week) for $5 per dozen in either plain, cinnamon sugar and white powder varieties. But buy early, because donuts usually sell out each evening! The Fair is proud of the Fire Company Auxiliary's volunteers and their donut-making operation, especially since they were recently honored with a regional newspaper's 2008 Neighbor's Choice Award for "best donuts in Chester County".
Preliminary bake-off competitions will be held for the best home-baked Hershey's Cocoa Classic chocolate cake, Hershey's cookies/brownies/bars, PEQAP Angel Food Cake, and the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie. Winners are eligible to compete in the state finals at the PA Farm Show in January. Kimberton Fair's contest winners will be announced at the Fair's Opening Ceremony where they will receive cash prizes and rosette ribbons.
Entertainment this year includes the act "Jessie and James and Mutts Gone Nuts." Jessie & James, the hilarious husband & wife comedy team, bring to the stage something completely different, combining physical comedy with their rescued canine friends performing tricks and stunts. They have appeared at numerous Fairs, HBO's comedy special "Just For Laughs," and TNN's "Statler Brother's Show." They have toured internationally since 1985, appearing on variety stages from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, and even opened for headliners Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Lyle Lovett, Ray Romano and the Smothers Brothers.
Listeners of B101.1 FM radio will want to visit the Fair on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. to meet the radio team, get free giveaways and meet their mascot "Buzz Bee."
The Clydesdale Ridge Farm will return this year with a larger display of their beloved Clydesdale horses. Fair visitors will be able to meet these horses face-to-face, and even see a Clydesdale in full parade regalia. Owner Kevin Kollar says he began to house Clydesdales after discovering and rescuing "Ultra," a Clydesdale with a medical condition that cut his city career short and destined him for the slaughter line. Clydesdale Ridge is now a working farm dedicated to providing the best in living and working environments for amazing Clydesdale horses. They are highly sought after at multiples events including fairs, festivals and parades. Clydesdale Ridge also runs a carriage service, and its hitch teams have won awards in many competitions.
A martial arts demonstration will be performed by the AmeriKick Demo Team on Wednesday, July 23, starting at 8:00 p.m. Afterwards, the Fair will raffle off brand-new bicycles to two lucky children. Bikes are donated by area police departments. The Bike Raffle will also be held on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The regular youth pie-eating, 2-person log sawing, contractor's golf contests, as well as the Annual Baby Contest will be held again this year. The crowning of the 2008 Kimberton Fair Queen will take place during the Fair's Opening Ceremony on Monday, July 21, which begins at 7:30 p.m. 2007 Fair Queen Nicole Stepp will relinquish her title to one deserving contestant who best impressed the judges with her written essay, speech presentation and communication capabilities.
The Fair will be holding a raffle to benefit the volunteer Fire Company. This year's Grand Prize is a Weber Gas Grill (courtesy of Gas Works of Frazer). First and second prizes will be gasoline gift cards worth $300 and $200 sponsored by Barto Pool & Spa of Phoenixville! Visitors who purchase tickets on a particular evening will also be eligible for that night's 50/50 drawing.
Kimberton Fair will be promoting "growing greener" this year by expanding its recycling efforts In addition to collecting cardboard, the Fair will recycle office paper, and will have containers on the grounds where visitors can deposit any plastic bottles from beverages they purchase at the Fair.
-- Article provided by Karen Dobson, Kimberton Community Fair.