EAST MARLBOROUGH—The Unionville Community Fair will celebrate its 95th year with new exhibits including a haunted tent and escape room, a wine and beer garden and an antique car show.
The Unionville Community Fair and Farm Show, which has the largest display of community agricultural and home products, handcrafts and arts in Chester County, takes place Friday, Oct. 4 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Unionville Fair Grounds at the intersection of routes 82 and 926.
“The Unionville Fair showcases agriculture,” said Annaliese Rizzo, last year’s fair queen. “I love seeing people coming to the fair.”
The Unionville Fair kicks off Friday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. and features hayrides, dance performances, a lip sync contest, the haunted tent from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and live music.
"The Haunted Tent is being operated by the Unionville Interact Club,” said Bonnie Musser, fair president. “They have really gotten into its spirit. So be sure to visit it when you are at the fair. It's going to be great fun."
On Saturday Oct. 5, the Unionville Fare opens at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K Run and Walk. Throughout the day there will be craft vendors, hayrides, mechanical bull riding, a baking contest, live music, a scarecrow-making contest, a horseless horse show, a car and truck show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lego Robotics demonstrations, performances by the Kennett Amateur Theatre Society, a cow milking contest at 5 p.m., the haunted tent and escape room from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a juggling act.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, the fair opens at 10 a.m. and features a dairy goat show, a foot truck festival, children’s activities, hayrides, a tractor display, Lego Robotics Demonstrations, Princess Sing-Along, live music, cow pie bingo and auction of unclaimed exhibits and donated goods.
The Fair has operated every year but two since its founding. It was cancelled one year when one of the local children contracted polio. People were afraid to be in larger crowds. The other cancellation was due to weather.
Musser said the fair is operated by an all-volunteer staff. She said thousands of hours go into putting on the fair each year.
The fair this year is dedicated to Brian Harrop, who has been milking cows for Landhope for more than three decades.