A Fair to Remember: The York Fair at 250

Volume 1, Number 3

by ESC
May 12, 2015

logo-250YORK, PA—When you’ve hosted a hugely successful event for 250 years–longer than the United States has been an independent country–you know you’re doing something right. In 1765, on the colonial cobblestone streets of York, Pennsylvania, the first fair of the New World was held. Since then, every state and local fair has looked to York as the grandam of Fairs. This year, the event turns the big-2-5-0. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime party; and if you thought the previous years were big, just wait until you see this year’s birthday bash celebration.

The York Fair–September 11 through September 20–is full of traditional agricultural displays and exhibits from around south central Pennsylvania. Members of the 4-H clubs and FFA proudly show their livestock, crafts, and accomplishments. But the fair is more than just agriculture. It’s full of food, rides, and entertainment!

Widely known for its top-shelf entertainment each year, the 2015 York Fair is no exception. It is amazing how a relatively small town in south central Pennsylvania can attract the biggest names in music and performance year after year. In just the last ten years, the York Fair has hosted musicians like Lady Antebellum, Trace Atkins, REO Speedwagon, Willie Nelson, and Carrie Underwood. Comedians Jeff Dunham and Larry the Cable Guy have delivered one liners and sketches that have left thousands rolling in laughter. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Go back another ten, twenty, or even thirty years and you’ll see a plethora of who’s who in performers who once graced the Grand Stand at the York Fair.

fair_concert-930x412This year’s concert series lives up to the tradition; it features Brantley Gilbert and A Thousand Horses on Saturday, September 12, and Grammy-award-winning Alabama on September 19. (Tickets to both concerts are on sale now.) The concert series also include local musicians and performances by marching bands.

Besides the highly anticipated performances by world-renowned artists, the York Fair hosts a wide variety of unique events and exhibits such as harness racing, helicopter rides, “hot dog” races, a hypnotist, and the horticultural hall. Top it all off with an antique tractor and steam engine displays, model train layouts, exhilarating zip lines, crazy circus antics, and much more. You’ll find family-friendly fun around every corner.

Of course, what fair would be complete without a life size butter sculpture. Just like the much anticipated butter sculpture at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the York Fair has its own version that draws much attention. It’s a Pennsylvania fair tradition.

You’ll definitely work up an appetite when you attend. Lucky for you and your group, you’ll have the proverbial smorgasbord from which to choose. The York Fair boasts dozens of food stations that feature the traditional fair fare to the gourmet delicacies. Funnel cakes to seafood; your group will leave the fairgrounds well fed.

The York Fair makes visiting with a motor coach group convenient, easy, and hassle-free. Take your group to the York Fair and pay just one entrance fee! Admission for ALL passengers, the driver, and including all parking fees is just $120 per motor coach. With a sweetheart deal like that, you’ll want to plan now for the trip in September! All-Day Ride wrist bands (for the carnival rides) can be purchased separately at $16 per person.

Bring your group, spend the day, savor the food, and make a memory as you celebrate the 250th anniversary of America’s Oldest Fair–the York Fair!



  1. Admission for all passengers, bus driver, and parking permit is a low $120 per motor coach. Call 717-848-2596 for additional information
  2. All-Day Ride wrist bands and York Fair Food Bucks are available for pre-purchase. If your group would like either or both, orders must be placed and paid for before September 10.
  3. Bring an appetite. With the wide variety of food, you’ll want to try a little of everything before you depart at the end of the day.
  4. Bring cash. Most vendors accept credit card/debit card payments at their stands, but some do not. It is best to bring cash to be on the safe side.
  5. Arrive early. Plan on arriving early and spending a majority of the day at the fair. If you plan on attending one of the major concerts, arrive early for parking and to get a good seat.


York Fair 250
York Fair Grounds
334 Carlisle Avenue
York, PA 17404















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