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, like cow milking
By Denny Dyroff For 21st Century Media
July 22, 2013
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).