By Christyn Allen
WATTSBURG, Pa. (Erie News Now) – The Erie County Fair is back to continue one of our region’s favorite traditions.
“We’re here. I think this is 137th year. the third oldest fair in PA. We’ve been here a long time, and plan on being here a long time more,” fair board president, Dean Curtis told Erie News Now.
Much of the fair staff has worked for the fair in some capacity for the last several decades. “I started when I was 18 doing gates. Then I was a director for nine or ten years. Then, we’ve been doing the home building for a long time,” said Lisa Zaborowski.
She’s working in the Home Show Building, where you can see much of the celebration of this fair’s deep traditions. Vegetables, sweets, and special projects are the main attraction. “You come down here and see people you haven’t seen all year. Sometimes, it’s people you haven’t seen since high school,” said Zaborowski.
In addition to celebrating friends and family, Erie County’s Fair is all about animals. “I first showed an animal when I was nine years old. I started in 4H. Today, I’m 24, so It’s been a long time.” Lydia Symanski is showing her two calves, Tuesday and Bertha. She says farming is in her blood, but showing animals at the fair helped solidify her continuing farming career.
Organizers say agriculture is ultimately what the fair is about. “We appreciate everyone coming out and learning what the fair is all about, agriculture and family,” said Curtis.