Farmers Fair: Do You Know the History?

We all know that Farmers Fair is coming to Dillsburg October 15-20, as it does every year during the third week in October. For newcomers to the area, this is a week-long community celebration in recognition of our agricultural heritage. The week kicks off on Monday night at Northern High with the Farmers Fair queen competition, keynoted by speeches from our Mayor and other community celebrities. Tuesday – Thursday will be the entry of home grown and home-produced goods at the Community Hall above the fire hall, which will be on exhibit through Saturday night.  Baltimore and other streets will be closed Friday and Saturday for food vendors, tractor and antique car displays, parades, and crafts. It’s a fun, free street fair for everyone to enjoy.

The Dillsburg Area Public Library has some references to help you find more information about Farmers Fair, including a reference book and video on the 100th anniversary in 2015. Here you can find facts like:

  • Farmers Fair was preceded by Farmer’s Institutes as educational gatherings to promote better agriculture
  • The one day celebration started out as a Farmers Day in 1915
  • The Friday night parade, called the “Baby Parade” was instituted by the Lions Club
  • The Queen Contest started in 1956 and was originally sponsored by the VFW

Be sure to check out these and other local history references to find out more about our community.

See you at the fair!