York Fair 250, past and present, in photographs and stories

Patrons of the 1907 fair had the opportunity to enjoy motorized balloon flights. Photo courtesy of the York Fair

Motorized balloon flight, York Fair

This photo serves as a reminder that manned airships were around before and during the Wright Brothers made their maiden voyage in 1903. The difference is that the inventors at Kitty Hawk, N.C., made it in a powered and controlled device – the airplane. Here’s a photo gallery of other York Fair photos, courtesy of the York Fair’s archives, from the past. Also of interest: York Fair 250: Civil War’s Worth Infantry band one of many entertainers to play at the fair.
Check out these 9 photos and links to other York Fair 250 – the fair was chartered in 1765 – items of interest … .

2. This year’s York Fair: All kinds of York Daily Record stories and schedules about York Fair 250. 


1925-26 building the grandstands York Fair history, York Expo Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

Fairgrounds grandstand under construction, 1925-26.

3. York Fair growth begged for a bigger grandstand in the Roaring ’20s.


4. Entertainment at the York Fair over the years: This photo gallery takes a look at past performers.


5. Food of the York Fair 250: From deep-fried gummy bears to shark-on-a-stick.


Auto racing predating the building of the new grandstand in 1925 York Fair history, York Expo Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

The grandstand before the grand grandstand, York Fair.

6. Wheels at the fair: The York Fair track was used for autoracing, horseracing and bicycle racing.


7. York Fair, 1700s style: Fair produced affairs to remember.


8. York Fair: 250 years of weirdness.


9. York Fair at 250: It’s old but probably not America’s first fair.


Automobiles at the 1935 fair Photo courtesy of the York Fair

York Fair, 1935

10. During hard times: The Great Depression didn’t seem to blunt enthusiasm for the fair.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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