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South Mountain Fair: An Adams County Tradition

Published August 20, 2013

As the final weeks of summer settle in, it’s hard not to try and hold onto those last glorious days with everything I can muster. Some of the area teachers have already returned to school, preparing for another year of students eager to learn.
There’s the farmers’ markets teeming with locally grown produce (we have three right here in Gettysburg!), local carnivals — and fairs.

For the past 91 years, the South Mountain Fair
has been a late-summer fixture in Adams County, bringing amusement park rides, home canned fruits and vegetables, fresh produce, and other agricultural products out for display. Attending small country fairs just reminds me of simpler times — and there’s always plenty of wonderful foods to eat.

Today is the first day of the fair which runs through Saturday, August 24th. You’ll find livestock showings and competitions, arts and crafts demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities to sample the best produce from across the county — and meet the farmers. Knowing who raises the food I buy is definitely important to me. There’s a lot going on, so you’ll want to check out the full schedule of events here to make the most of your days.

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