1. FRESH BEAT BAND
The band's characters, Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout, will perform in the fair's final grandstand concert at
The new tour is tagged "The Beat is Back." It will include some of the group's favorite songs including "Bananas" and "Here We Go," along with new songs such as a remixed version of "Great Day" and a cover of the Bangles' "Walk like an Egyptian."
Reserved seat tickets for the concert,
2. HIGH DIVE SHOW
New this year is the Fired Up High Dive Show at the
The show is produced by high dive world record holder
Shows are at 5:30 and
3. MELODY FARM FOLLIES
Fairgoers at the main entrance will be greeted by the sounds of Melody Farm Follies. The animated mechanical show features singing fruits, vegetables and farm animals, led by Hap the happy farm boy in a musical revue.
The show features animatronic characters such as Henrietta Hen, Lucy the Cow and
The colorful characters are housed in a stage that looks like a red barn with silo. They sing recorded educational songs such as the "Garden Alphabet," "Recycle Hoe Down" and "
The Follies was created by
4. FOOD SAFETY DISCOVERY ZONE
Learn about keeping food safe at the
The traveling exhibit, which will be at the fair for the first time, includes interactive stations to show kids how to prevent food-borne illnesses.
Children meet cartoon characters of dangerous bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter and listeria, and learn how to avoid getting sick. Kids can spin the wheel and answer food safety trivia questions and, inside the trailer, learn lessons including on washing their hands and surfaces before handling food, keeping uneaten food chilled, keeping raw and cooked food separate and cooking food thoroughly.
5. ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS
The fair has always been rooted in farm animals, and there are plenty of critters for kids to see in the livestock buildings..
Watch chicks hatching from eggs in an incubator and pet young goats, bunnies and other animals at the
In the Judging Tent, see the daily judging of animals, and take part in other farm-related activities.
Watch rabbits demonstrate their agility as they jump over hurdles in the "Bolting Bunny Obstacle Course" at
The Barnyard Olympics are at
6. LIL FARM HANDS
Introduced in 2012, the Lil Farm Hands activity tent beckons children ages 3-10 outside the Agri-Plex, near the farm equipment. Little ones can try some farm-related activities.
Kids can learn shapes by matching apples, pears and peaches to the right tree, collect eggs from stuffed chickens, identify items by touch, play in a corn sandbox and watch a DVD on dairy farming. There's also corn cob shelling, a planting box, a memory game, bean bag toss using fruits and vegetables and a craft project.
7. BUTTERFLIES AND MORE IN AGRI-PLEX
Families can walk among more than 1,000 live butterflies at
Visitors will get a Q-tip soaked in
The Agri-Plex also offers kids entertainment on the Centennial Stage, including folk singer
Families also can sign up on site for contests at
8. PIGS AND ELEPHANTS
The popular pig show is again along Machinery Avenue Court, where fans can fill the stands and root for their favorite oinkers. The show is presented at various times four times daily.
Also returning after a years' absence is Elephant Encounter, an educational show featuring Cora, a 54-year-old, 9,000 pound Asian elephant, and Shannon, a 33-year-old, 6,000 pound African elephant. The show also was at the fair in 2008 and 2009.
In the 30-minute show across
9. MATT'S FAMILY JAM
Also back is Matt's Family Jam in a new location in the Maingate courtyard in front of the Maingate.
The group is made up of father
They play a range of music, from rock 'n' roll from the '50s and '60s to gospel to country. On a dance floor in front of the stage, kids can dance or try out a hula hoop. Their repertoire includes interactive kids songs as well as classics such as the "Hokey Pokey."
The family will perform at various times throughout the fair.
Powers Great American Midway returns with favorite rides including the Gondola Ferris Wheel. And there are two new rides including
Discount vouchers for
Info: http://www.allenownfair.org, 610-433-7541
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