Lebanon PA Fair Queen’s guide to the best bets at this year’s event

Lebanon PA Fair Queen’s guide to the best bets at this year’s event


Some people go to the Lebanon Area Fair for the food and rides, others for the live entertainment and track events, and still others for the many exhibits and competitions. But why does the fair queen go? And what is she most looking forward to at this year’s fair?

Madison Copenhaver, 17, crowned Queen of the 2023 Lebanon Area Fair, says the people and opportunities the fair provides, especially to young people, make it special.

“A lot of times you come out during fair week and you only see people during fair week that you only see during fair week, but you still have that special bond,” she said. “It’s just a great event and a great week to see the community come together.”

Copenhaver has been involved with the fair since she was a child, helping out with 4-H events and exhibits each year and competing in the speaking contest several times.

Fair Queens actively participate in week-long events throughout the year. The rest of the year they are busy promoting the agricultural sector and the fair through lectures.

On the opening day of the fair, Saturday, July 20, Copenhaver will crown the Fair Queen of 2024.

Copenhaver offered some tips on what visitors should definitely see at this year’s Lebanon Area Fair, held July 20-27.

Mullet competition

A new addition to the fair, an idea introduced by the junior fair board, spurred by a similar event at the PA Farm Show, is the mullet competition to be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the Dairy Beef Barn.

Entries will be announced on the day of the contest. First place will receive $100, second place $50, and third place $25 in all three age categories: 0-12, 13-20, and 21+.

Participants can also register online.

Children’s Day

On Monday 22nd July, Children’s Day will be held. During the day, many child-oriented activities and events will be organised, such as:

  • Victoria Circus performance
  • Boston Bachert Variety Entertainer
  • Children’s farm
  • Holly Serio Music Assembly
  • Susquehanna Service Dogs Demonstration
  • Ashley Butters Violin Studio Performance
  • Demonstration by Family Karate Martial Arts
  • AG Olympic Games

The first 500 children who visit the fair on Children’s Day will receive a free goodie bag.

Community evening

Local organizations will gather at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23rd at the Noordermarkt. Visitors can learn about different groups and organizations in the community and come together to make connections.

Cool trucks and the Demo Derby

According to Copenhaver, the two big draws at the Lebanon Area Fair each year are the Arena Tough Trucks and the demolition derby, and these events are definitely worth checking out.

“I think it’s just a great event that all ages can enjoy,” she said. “It’s a great family event where they can come, walk around the fairgrounds and watch these events. We have the milkshakes and fries that people can enjoy while they watch. Everyone always seems to enjoy that the most.”

The arena tough trucks event will take place on Friday, July 26th and will start at 5pm. Tickets for the event are $20, with kids under 10 getting in for free.

The demolition derby will be held on the last day of the fair, Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25, with children under 10 admitted free.

Advance tickets for athletics events can be purchased online, at lebanonareafair.com or at the fair office.

After the derby at 10pm there will be a fireworks show

Daniel Larlham Jr. is a reporter for the Lebanon Daily News. Reach him at [email protected] or on X @djlarlham.