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The Great Allentown Fair offers tons of family fun


Special to The Press

Celebrating 170 years, attendees at the 2022 Great Allentown Fair enjoyed fairly cloudy, but dry weather for most of the Labor Day Weekend.

Fairgoers did find umbrellas useful on Sept. 5.

Many of those who explored the fairgrounds Sept. 4 participated in family-friendly contests like the Barnyard Olympics, watched local “Movers and Shakers” compete against the “Media” in the Grape Stomp Contest, and thrilled to the high wire exploits of the legendary Flying Wallendas.

Others checked out the prize-winning entries in livestock, baking, art, quilts, crafts, and other categories, climbed aboard thrill rides, and munched on cotton candy at Allentown’s annual blue ribbon event.

PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIER At left, Clara Bloch, 3, tries out her hog calling skills encouraged by her six-and-a-half-year-old sister, Nora, who attends Cetronia Elementary.
Percy Shimmel from Allentown charms the adults behind her at the Barnyard Olympics. The six-year-old attends Grace Montessori School.
Quinly Hanna, 9, from Breinigsville took part in the hog calling contest at the Barnyard Olympics.
Participants show their ribbons at the end of the Barnyard Olympics. Joining them is 2022 Great Allentown Fair Queen Allison Emanuel in back.
Trevor Bowdon, 13, from Slatington is flanked by 14-year-old twins Sam Lazarus at left and Levi at right. The brothers manning the Lehigh County 4-H Club table live in Schnecksville.
Alex Weisner, 8, shows his blue ribbon and bag of prizes he won at the Pedal Tractor Pull. Behind him is his proud dad, Andrew. They live in Kutztown.
Alexandro Wallenda and his wife Claire maintain a balanced relationship while juggling at the Main Gate Courtyard Sept. 4.
Tino Wallenda pedals back to the other side of the high wire after performing with his son and daughter-in-law.