LEHMAN TWP. — If you haven’t checked out the Luzerne County Fair yet – Sunday is your last opportunity before the fun ends for another year.
The gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
The 55th annual Luzerne County Fair kicked off to a rainy start on Wednesday, Sept. 6, but with so many attractions, exhibits and programs, a few brave soles including myself braved the liquid sun and scoped out the offerings.
Just like many fairgoers, I walked through the fairgrounds first sizing everything up while smelling the variety of fair foods such as freshly made donuts, potato pancakes, roasted corn on the cob and so much more.
I caught the 20-minute Shark Encounter and met Sweet Valley teen Seanna Ashton, who was excited to see three nurse sharks swimming in a 5,000-gallon tank.
“They are my most favorite thing in the world,” she said. “This is my first time seeing this type of shark up close.”
The Shark Encounter presenter Philip Peters conducted the majority of his program from inside the shark tank. He shared some shark facts, such as there are 250 species of sharks but only four are considered to be “man-eaters.”
I ventured to the neighboring exhibit, the Sting Ray Encounter, which was a touch tank featuring nine Atlantic stingrays.
Caroline Welker, the care taker of the stingrays, said the most common questions people have about the fish are about the stinger located in its tail and what do they eat.
The stingrays in the touch tank had their stingers removed, Welker said.
A stingrays diet consists of many different bottom dwelling creatures, including anemones, clams, and crustaceans, she said.
I am always drawn to the livestock barns and love talking to the horses.
This year the fair received many entries in the rabbit and fowl categories, fair chairwoman Brenda Pugh said.
She said the fair received so many rabbit submissions that they were short on cages.
A donation of 36 rabbit cages by 11th District Republican Congressional candidate Dan Meuser help to meet the need.
I heard the Nerger Tiger Show was neat to see, but I did not make to the show on Wednesday.
Although the amusement rides were not running on Wednesday due to the rain, I made a mental list to come back and try out the Himalaya, Gravitron and the Fun Slide. There is also a big Ferris wheel and for the younger children the Dragon Wagon, Bear Affair and scooter.
On Wednesday I bumped into 13-year-old Kaley Walker of Mountain Top, who came to the fair with her grandmother Kitty Piccotti to see the art exhibit.
Piccotti told me her granddaughter won three first-place ribbons and one second-place ribbon for her art work.
Well, that sent me over to the exhibit buildings to browse through the photography and art submissions, which led me to the agricultural exhibits to view and wonder what local gardeners used to fertilize their vegetables to make them grow so robust.
My tiny tomatoes would look pretty sad next to these.
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