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

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Opening Night Community Celebration

Opening Night Community Celebration

Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future

Kick off your Ephrata Fair experience with a grand opening you’ll forever remember! The main event begins at 6:30 p.m., featuring southern rock band Mountain Road and a dazzling laser light show. And there will be lots of fun and excitement beforehand, too!

The Main Event – Begins at 6:30 p.m.

*Due to the weather conditions, this program will take place at the Ephrata High School Auditorium*

WIOV Radio Personality Casey Allyn will lead us in kicking off the Ephrata Fair’s 100th Anniversary Year at the Grater Memorial Park amphitheater. (In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved indoors to the Ephrata High School Auditorium, and we will announce that change, if applicable, here on the website by 2 p.m. on Tues. Sept. 25 and on our Ephrata Fair Facebook page.)

WIOV I-105 Logo






Mountain Road band black and white logo

  • Welcome
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem
  • Opening remarks by dignitaries
  • Mountain Road rocks the park
  • Time Capsule
  • More Mountain Road music—set to a spectacular laser light show!
  • Closing remarks

Pre-Event Fun for the Family

“When Pigs Fly” Contest

*Due to the weather conditions on Tuesday, this event has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:45*

Buy a ticket to claim one of 250 numbered Squishy Pigs that will be dropped from a Premier Tree Service bucket truck onto the lower ball diamond. The three pigs that land closest to the bull’s eye target on the field will win their owners a prize.

Prizes will be on display at the ticket table.

The squishy pigs, which will have the 100th Ephrata Fair logo imprinted on them, will be available for purchase for $3.00 each (while supplies last) at the following places and times:

  • Tent City (outside the swine tent — or inside the tent if it’s raining) — Tues. Sept. 25 — Fri. Sept. 28 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fair Office (19 S. State St.) — Wed. Sept. 26 and Thurs. Sept. 27 during fair hours

After purchasing a pig, you will be given a ticket to indicate which numbered pig is representing you in the contest. After the event, just turn in your ticket, and you will be given a squishy pig to take home with you. What a wonderful piece of memorabilia to keep as a reminder of the 100th Ephrata Fair!

Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:45 p.m. at Lower Baseball Diamond


Celebrate With Cylo!

Cylo from the Lancaster Barnstormers will be at Tent City.

Time to Be Announced

The following activities are still on for Opening Night — Despite the opening day rain!

Taste the American Dream With Free Turkey Hill® Dairy Ice Cream Samples

Turkey Hill Triopolitan Ice Cream

Start the evening by visiting the Turkey Hill truck where they will be giving free samples of their new red, white, and blue ice cream flavor, American Dream Trio’politan. Enter free drawings for a chance to win certificates for free ice cream, iced tea, and other prizes. The Turkey Hill cow will be there, too!

Starting at approximately 5 p.m.


Satisfy Your Appetite with a Pork Chop Dinner

Visit the Ephrata Area Farmers Association’s tent near the pool for the annual Tuesday night Bar-B-Q pork chop dinner!

It begins at 5 p.m. and continues until sold out. Enjoy your hearty meal to go or relax and dine at the picnic tables provided on-site.

The meal includes: Pork chop (choice of 1 or 2), baked potato with butter and sour cream, roll, butter, applesauce, and a beverage


Meal with 2 pork chops – $10

Meal with 1 pork chop – $8

Served on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pay at the door.


American Flags for All (While Supplies Last)

Ephrata American Legion Post #429 will have a tent near the Eicher Arts Center, where they will be giving away American flags.

Time to be announced


Experience Fun on the Farm

Tent City has some extra special 100th-year fun in store for children on opening night!

  • Free coloring books handed out from 5 to 9 p.m. (or while supplies last)
  • Petting zoo
  • Chicks hatching – Watch them make their way into the world in the incubator on display throughout the entire week in the poultry tent!
  • Duck slide – every evening, Tuesday – Friday

*Please note that face painting by Joyful Canvas and magic by Papa Tater have been moved to Friday night at 5 p.m.*