100th annual ephrata fair!!
September 25-29, 2018

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Join Us in Celebrating 100 Years of the Ephrata Fair

Join Us in Celebrating 100 Years of the Ephrata Fair

Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future

The 2018 Ephrata Fair will offer some special activities and enhancements that you won’t want to miss! Come celebrate the Fair’s momentous milestone of bringing family fun to community members and visitors for the past 100 years.

Below is a list of what is new and exciting this year:


Welcome Home Ceremony

American flag waving in windWhen: Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m.

Where: Due to rain, this event will be held at the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company Banquet Hall

Back in 1919, the Ephrata community arranged a grand welcome for the local young patriots who were returning home from World War I. One hundred years later, on September 23, 2018, we will pay tribute to our brave heroes past and present in a Welcome Home Ceremony. Highlights of the ceremony include a keynote speech by General Tom Hobbins, a historical account of the 1919 event by author Larry Alexander, a wreath-laying with the Red Rose Honor Guard, and bagpipe music.

Learn more!


Opening Night Community Celebration

*Please note that the following Opening Night information has been updated to reflect changes due to the weather conditions*

When: Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. at Tent City, Grater Memorial Park and at 6:30 p.m. at the Ephrata High School Auditorium

Opening night will bring a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the Ephrata Fair!

After you’ve explored the fun on the Midway uptown, come on down to Grater Memorial Park for an evening you won’t forget.

See our Opening Night Celebration page for more details!



Visit our Entertainment page to view this year’s lineup of talented performers and groups!

Featured artists include:

Also be on the lookout for some special 100th-themed performances as you stroll through the Fair this year.


Tent City 100th Highlights

You won’t want to miss all of the excitement on Opening Night at Tent City.

And Tent City will offer lots of other fun, too, through Friday of this year’s fair!

Check out the antique hit-or-miss-engine demonstrations, agricultural displays, the Barnyard Academy. As always, there will be many animals to see—including chicks as they hatch and a duck slide!

Bring the kids out for some special fun on Friday Sept. 28!

  • Free face painting by Joyful Canvas on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications)
  • Papa Tater Magic will be there to amaze you from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Also sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications)
  • After a hiatus of many years, a cow-milking contest returns with local celebrities competing against each other. Don’t miss this friendly battle and show of skill at 6:30 p.m.
  • “When Pigs Fly” contest at 6:45 p.m. – This was originally scheduled for Opening Night, but was moved due to the weather that day. See our Opening Night Celebration page to get all the details about this contest and learn how you can join in on the fun!

On the Schedules page or our website, you will find a listing of all Tent City and Midway events and activities at this year’s Fair!


Uptown Exhibits and Contests

Special 100 Year-themed Uptown Exhibits

In addition to the usual exhibit categories, this year’s fair also offers several 100-year-themed entry opportunities.

Learn more!

2018 Parade

*An important update from the Fair Board and Parade Committee*

The Ephrata Farmers Day Association, commonly known as the Ephrata Fair, has decided to cancel the Ephrata Fair Parade scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

The safety of the participants and the spectators is the primary concern of The Fair Association, the Parade Committee, the Fair Safety Committee and Ephrata Emergency Management.

The strong possibility exists for severe thunderstorms with strong winds, dangerous lightning, and heavy downpours on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The difficult decision to cancel the parade was made with concerns for personal safety. Other events for the week remain scheduled; we hope to see you at Tent City and on the Midway.


Kiddies Day 100th Fun

Thursday, September 27 children can get free stickers and a special Ephrata Fair coloring book.

Noon until 6 p.m., or while supplies last