HARRISBURG – Families across the state can map out summer destinations and plan for some of Pennsylvania’s finest food and fun with the 2007 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today.
“Fairs are a great way to celebrate Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage and they provide travel destinations for millions of people each year,” said Wolff. “Fairs offer a glimpse at farm life for people who otherwise would not experience it. They also provide some excellent entertainment, food and fun.”
The 2007 fair guide provides convenient information on fairs by region, including their locations and dates. Pennsylvania is home to 115 county and community fairs, some dating back to the 1700s. Last year, at the direction of Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Wolff launched the department’s Century and Bicentennial Fair Program to honor the state’s longest-running agricultural fairs.
The Century and Bicentennial Fair Program recognizes fairs that have been operating for at least 100 and 200 years. Currently, there are 36 Century Fairs and four Bicentennial Fairs across the state. Pennsylvania’s fairs work in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Passport, an agritourism initiative born out of a partnership between the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and the Department of Agriculture. The Blue Ribbon Passport serves as a doorway into agricultural destinations across the state and offers ideas for affordable family fun through attractions including county and community fairs, wineries, farmers markets and farm stay bed and breakfasts.
To access a 2007 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on ‘Pennsylvania Fairs,’ or click here. For more information on Pennsylvania fairs, contact Eric Cowden at 717-346-4202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Passport, visit www.visitpa.com/blueribbonpassport.