About the Northumberland County Fair 2017 marks the 18th consecutive Annual Northumberland County Fair! It’s about bringing local families together to share the historical traditions of what originated as an agricultural community.
On display we find products of home, garden and farm. It’s not so much about the prizes and ribbons (although they’re fun too) but about learning from each other. Just listen as you circulate through the displays and you’ll hear, “I wonder what tomato variety that big one is?” or “How on earth did she get those stitches so perfect?” or, “I’ll have to talk to him about the breeding of that outstanding heifer.” If you don’t learn something at the fair, you just aren’t paying attention.
It all began in 2000. The original concept for a County Fair came out of the County Cooperative Extension Committee in the late 90's, when a concern at that time was expressed that youth programs (4-H) funding was possibly in jeopardy.
Each county has an extension Committee, responsible for oversight of local extension offices and personnel. Funding comes from a combination of County, State and Federal budgets and is sometimes rather uncertain.
The idea was (and still is!) that a County Fair would provide a venue for the county 4-H programs for exhibiting and contribute some level of financial support to the program. Admittedly, a few neighboring county fairs can service Northumberland County but a fair unique to this county was desirable. From 4-H to the whole family was really a very short step. Now the fair includes garden produce, needlework, canning, baking and agricultural exhibits of all kinds from the kids 4-H patch through Dad’s prize pumpkins.
The first few years our county fair was held at the All home Days grounds in Elysburg. Eventually, scheduling issues led to the search for a new site. Subsequently, we utilized the armory in Sunbury until 2013. Uncertainty about the fate of that facility led us to seek another venue for 2014. The Tall Cedars grounds near Seven Points has been our new location for 3 years.
The Northumberland County Fair is a non-profit organization, produced by dedicated volunteers. They are from many fields: agriculture, construction, sales, medicine, entertainment, food service, and more. Each has a unique gift they bring to the fair. New members are always welcome.