Show your support at Mifflin County Youth Fair

To the editor:

The Mifflin County Youth Fair and Open Show is fast approaching. I would like to encourage everyone to come out to the Fair and enjoy all the opportunities the fair has to offer. The official start of fair for the public is Monday, Aug. 6 and it runs through Saturday, Aug. 11.

The animal projects come in on Sunday of Fair week. The Green Building exhibits will be entered Aug. 6 for 4-H, FFA and Open Show. Most people are aware of all the opportunities the 4-H and FFA programs offer the youth of our county. However, many people aren’t aware of the many opportunities the Open Show offers all residents of Mifflin and surrounding counties.

Crafters, gardeners, bakers, quilters or those who home can, all sorts of items can be entered with the chance to win premium monies. Open Show pays first, second and third places in every class and “Best of Show” prizes for every department. Anyone who is interested in entering something in the Open Show may find information on the Open Show Facebook page or email the Open Show at

The Open Show is also responsible for the “Egg and Spoon Race” and the “Watermelon Smashing Contest.” After many requests for someone to bring back the “Giant Sundae,” the Open Show committee decided to add it to our events. The “Giant Sundae” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, so be looking for that.

The Open Show Committee also is responsible for the Opening Ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the Lumber City end of the Green Building. The 2018 “Friend of Fair” and “Junior Fair Person of the Year” will be named and presented with an award during the ceremony. Several local and state officials will be present. After a tour of the fair is completed we will serve some refreshments. We encourage you to consider attending the Opening Ceremony.

Another important event Open Show is responsible for is the Benefit Auction to be held starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, the last night of Fair, in the Lumber City End of the Green Building. Many local businesses and individuals donate items or gift certificates that will be auctioned off. The wood carvings carved by Jeffery Donoughe will be also be auctioned. Mr. Donoughe will do chain saw carving shows at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each night Aug. 7-10. Be sure to stop and see one of his shows.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 there will be a Cash & Carry Baked Goods Auction. All the baked goods entered in the Home Produced Department will be up for auction — pies, cakes, cookies and much more. You don’t want to miss this chance to purchase goodies from the best cooks in Mifflin County!

The proceeds from the baked goods auction and half of the Benefit Auction are used by the Open Show committee to pay exhibitor premiums, purchase supplies for the running of Open Show, advertising and for the special events we coordinate during the fair.

The other half of the Benefit Auction proceeds goes to the Mifflin County Youth Fair Board to pay for use of the Youth Park, electric, grounds maintenance and the general expenses to make the Fair possible for the 4-H, FFA, Open Show and the general public.

Your support of the Benefit Auction helps all the 4-H, FFA and Open Show programs continue. The Open Show Committee, Mifflin County Youth Fair Board, 4-H Program and FFA Program all appreciate your support of all the activities associated with the Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show.

We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Sonieta Harrop

President, Mifflin County Youth Fair Open Show Committee