98 Years and Counting: The Greene Dreher Sterling Fair

Greene Dreher Sterling FairAnimal exhibits, fun food, rides and more can all be found at this year’s Greene Dreher Sterling Fair.  Since 1917, visitors have been making their way to Newfoundland, PA to enjoy this spectacular fair.  This year’s fair will take place from August 28th through September 7th so be sure to make your plans now to attend.  Celebrating its 98th year, you know this year’s fair is going to be an event to remember for the entire family.

The Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair began back in 1917 by a school teacher as a way to promote her students work.  Ella Nevin’s goal was to promote the agricultural lifestyle and educate the surrounding community about farm life and the valuable skills that can be utilized in everyday living.  Over the years, this event has grown to include everything from music to exhibits for visitors to enjoy.

At this year’s fair, the schedule is out and there’s plenty to do.  There will be a barn to meet and greet animals, garden tractor pulls, a pig show, a milking contest, a turkey calling contest and a dog show.  Kids of all ages will enjoy the Power Wheels Derby, pie eating contest, kid’s pedal pull, animal dress up, frog jumping contest, and a performance by the Wallenpaupack High School Marching Band.  Shows to be seen this year include the Jesse Wade Gang Country Music Outlaws, the Western Wayne Band, Back Woods Band, McWilliams Band, and a performance by magician Matt Episcopo.  Also be sure to watch the baby pageant, Demolition Derby, ice carving demonstrations and the 1st annual car, truck, and bike show.  Lastly, there will be the annual Fair Queen Competition.  The competition is open to girls living in Wayne or Pike Counties and between the ages of 16 and 20.  The winning queen will be required to attend several appearances and act as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Fair.  This event will take place on Friday, August 28th at 7:00 pm.

There are many different ticket options for this year’s fair.  Monday through Thursday, tickets are $5.00.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets are $8.00.  There will be a Senior Citizen Day on Thursday, September 3rd for those ages 65 and over with tickets just $3.00 until 5:00 pm.   A mega pass for $35.00 is available for those attending the fair multiple times during the week.  A Season Pass is another option for $25.00 and is good for those interested in all the exhibits and entertainment but not for rides.  Passes can be ordered by calling 570-676-4047 through August 20th or purchased at the gate.  Gates open at 11:00 am.  Parking will be free for the fair and there will be a shuttle from the parking area to the gates for convenience.

Located just a quick 20-minute drive from Newfoundland is our beautiful property ready to host you during your stay in the region.  Here at The Settlers Inn, we have 23 guest rooms to choose from each creating a most relaxing space to unwind after a busy day.  There is plenty of outdoor space to walk around and explore and we even have a farm to table restaurant on site.  When booking your reservation, be sure to ask us about our current specials.  We would love to have you stay with us soon.  Please call, 570-226-2993 to book your perfect room.

Photo courtesy of Phil Roeder