Category Archives: racing

Popular actor Jimmy Stewart came to the York Fair

I know it’s not York Fair season, but we’re just coming out of Jimmy Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life) season, so this blog is somewhat timely. Years ago, probably when the Gazette and Daily became the York Daily Record, their … Continue reading

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York Fair food is still good and the horses are still trotting.

Where was everyone? It was perfect weather for the fair this evening, but the crowd seemed mighty sparse. Granted, there was no big-name act on the grandstand, but there were bands playing for free, the harness races were free, the … Continue reading

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Horses Still Trotting at the York Fair

York Fair time again—where did the year go? Time again to have a Bury’s hamburger at one of the two or more stands that claim they make the real thing. I think they are all run by relatives of the … Continue reading

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Racehorses Always Popular in York County

Lewis Miller drawing of 1804 York horserace I was intrigued to see that the famous stallion Smarty Jones will be staying just a couple of miles from me for a while. Ghost Ridge Farms, 860 Dietz Rd., York (between Longstown … Continue reading

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Races and Burgers Found at York Fair

Click here for a one-minute video clip of the races by Bil Bowden for the York Daily Record/York Sunday News. Well, I accomplished my mission last evening of going to the York Fair and having a Bury’s hamburger and seeing … Continue reading

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York Fair–Fun, Food, Family and Friends

Chicken judging at York Fair, 1947 Time again for the York Fair. This year I hope to get there to sample in person two things I have included in posts the past year–harness racing and Bury’s hamburgers. It’s been a … Continue reading

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York’s Car History Commemorated at YOW

A friend just emailed me the photo above. It’s a commemorative decanter, shaped like a 1903 York-made six-wheeled Pullman automobile. The decanter was issued Michter’s Distillery near Schafferstown, Lebanon County, in the 1970s. Michter’s was perhaps the oldest still-operating distillery … Continue reading

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York Fair Horse Racing Thrives in 2009

Boy, was I wrong when I thought there were no longer horse races at the York Fair! Harness racing is scheduled on two exciting days for 2009. The first session will be Monday, September 14th at 6 p.m. and the … Continue reading

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York Fair Horse Racing Good Sport

1929 York Fair Horse Racing York Fair time is rolling around again. Previous posts looked at horse racing at the fair in the 1860s and in the 1950s. In 1929, horses and jockeys were part of a fair racing circuit … Continue reading

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More Horse Racing at the York Fair

A recent post concerned harness racing at the York Fair way back in 1867, over 150 years ago. A reader commented that he remembered non-harness horse races at the fair when he was a boy, with jockeys without helmets. Click … Continue reading

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