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SHIPPENSBURG — Community fairs and festivals just seem to go with summer, from carnivals sponsored by local fire companies and community associations to larger agricultural-based community and county fairs.

The 62nd annual Shippensburg Community Fair — one of the summer’s biggest highlight events in south-central Pennsylvania — officially starts Monday.

But a full day of related events actually take place Sunday:

  • A draft horse show at 8 a.m.
  • A livestock Stockmen’s contest at 3 p.m.
  • The Shippensburg Band will perform at 7 p.m. on the fairgrounds stage.
  • A community Vespers service at 7:30.

The week-long fair features exceptional homemade food prepared by local non-profit organizations, great entertainment, livestock displays and competitions, home products exhibits, tractor pulls, horse shows, a craft show, and lots of rides and games.

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A Little Miss Shippensburg and a Shippensburg Fair Queen are chosen Monday evening.

Little Miss Shippensburg Community Fair Pageant is for girls between the ages of 6 to 8. The pageant teaches responsibility, poise, public speaking ability and good sportsmanship to its participants.

The pageant begins at 6 p.m. on the fair stage. It is followed by the fair queen pageant at 7:30.

Each year, hundreds of fairgoers pack the hill behind the stage to witness the crowning of the new Little Miss and Fair Queen.

Bringing the Community Together

The Fair brings the community together by uniting town and country to teach about Shippensburg’s rich agricultural heritage. The event attracts thousands of visitors from all around the area.

“TO EDUCATE AND INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AS WELL AS PROVIDE A VENUE FOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNITY AWARENESS.”

Each year the Fair places the spotlight on many local bands and entertainers.  Come join the fun and bring your lawn chairs or blankets!

Entertainment Schedule →

With over 35 rides, there something for everyone!  Come join us each evening, and on Wednesday and Saturday for Kiddies’ Day!

Ride and Games at the Fair →

Keep your eye on the prize as you take part in the many games located throughout the fair.  Don’t forget to challenge your friends!

The fairgrounds is located at 10131 Possum Hollow Road
Shippensburg. Admission is free, but there is a $5 daily or $15 weekly parking fee.

The Fair first began under the leadership of former founding president Frank Lerew, former treasurer Fred Dillner, and former vice president/president Richard Wyrick. Today, the tradition continues under current president Jeffrey Craig. 

Over the years the Fair has experienced tremendous growth, something that has brought about expansion. You can read more about the history of the fair on the organization’s History page.

Fast Facts

Average Attendance – 45,000 to 65,000 visitors per year
Days of Operation – 6 days, held the last full week in July
Average Total Fair Exhibitors – 900 to 1,200 exhibitors
Admission Price – FREE!
Daily Parking Price – $5.00 per vehicle
Weekly Parking Price – $15.00 per vehicle for the week

Fair Hours

Monday thru Saturday Evenings – 4 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday & Saturday Kiddies’ Days – 10:30 AM to 4 PM

Attraction & Ride Hours

Monday thru Thursday – 6 PM to 11 PM
Friday – 5 PM to 11 PM
Saturday – 6 PM to 11 PM
Wednesday & Saturday Kiddie’s Matinee – 10:30 AM to 4 PM

Home Products Building Hours

Monday – Closed for Exhibit Entry
Tuesday – 5 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday – 12 PM to 10 PM
Thursday & Friday – 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Commercial Exhibits Building Hours

Monday & Tuesday – 5 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday – 12 PM to 10 PM
Thursday & Friday – 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday – 12 PM to 10 PM

Daily Schedule for Shippensburg Community Fair

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