York County Agricultural Society governs the York Fair. But who are those guys?

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Red Lion, Pa.’s Andrew Winter, right, photographs 2010′s largest pumpkin at York Fair. The 734-pound pumpkin is not the largest in Fair history, according to fair officials. One weighed in at 900 pounds, give or take. One thing not to do to grow mammoth pumpkins. Easy on the water, officials say. That will cause them to split. Also of interest: York countians are proud of the York Fair, and there’s a lot to be proud about and Young curators produced York Fair exhibit: ‘A Fair of Our Own’ and Good old days at the York Fair were at least old.

The York County Agricultural Society organized in 1853 to throw a big show every year – the York Fair.
They established a fairgrounds southeast of King and Queen streets, occupied about eight years later by a Union troops training for battle in the Civil War. In 1888, the society moved the fair to its current location, west of York.
The agricultural society still governs the fair, and gathered recently in its annual meeting.
Once appointed, agricultural society members serve for life.
So who are these guys, anyway?
People who you would know.
Check out below, from the annual meeting’s program … .


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Who performed at the York Fair in the year (fill in the blank)?

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2 Responses to York County Agricultural Society governs the York Fair. But who are those guys?

  1. Jo says:

    Hmmm. I see at least three names from my York High class of 54 in that roster.

  2. WFO says:

    Jim, now you’ve really done it. The York County Agricultural Society is going to be very unhappy that its members names are now out there for everyone to see.
    “So, who are these guys?” Of course, you’re kidding. You’ve got the York Water Company, the former York Bank, the former owners of the Dispatch (wonder why they always promoted the fair so much?) Wolf Distributing, most of York’s industrial families, half the bar association …
    This isn’t to suggest that any of these folks have ever used their influence to calm the waters when issues have surfaced (or been kept quiet or shoved under the carpet) involving the fair. That would, of course, never happen.
    I wager this is the last time the board members names will be printed in the program. Some things we’re better off not knowing.

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