Three-day Conklin Fair opens Thursday with full schedule of fun, food and free activities


(CONKLIN, NY) – The Conklin Fair opens Thursday, July 14 and runs through Saturday, featuring all of the activities that delight those who attend the fair every year. As always, there will be plenty of free parking and no entrance fee. A shuttle service will be available for those who would like a ride from their vehicle to the gate. An opening Ceremony on the fair stage on Thursday evening at 7PM will pay tribute to one of Conklin’s finest — Broome County David Harder, a life-long Conklin resident, who will be retiring from office at the end of 2022.

On the fair grounds at 5PM Thursday, Main Event Amusements will open the midway with its $25 ride special and even more rides than last year. Local organizations will offer all the traditional fair foods, including the Conklin Kiwanis’ popular funnel cakes and the Windsor Knights of Columbus’ Bloomin’ Onions.

The Fair Committee will have its usual spot offering reasonably priced hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and Strawberry Shortcake. There will be other food available in the food court, including ice cream treats. Under the big tent, the pie bakers from Conklin Presbyterian Church return and Butter Me Up Pastries is new this year. You won’t go away hungry.

The traditional ride ticket special will be offered on both Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday, the ride special will be the same $25 price but you can ride ALL DAY, from 1:00 p.m. when the Fair opens, until 10:00 p.m. The popular Children’s Tent with all kinds of FREE fun is hosted this year by Community Christian Church of Conklin. It will offer tons of fun both Thursday and Friday. On Saturday there will be animal balloons with “A Balloon Affair,” from 2-6 p.m., and the World Champion YoYo Man, Chuck Pribulik. will make a special appearance from 1-5 p.m.

There will be music every night by outstanding music groups like: Brothers & Friends, 5th Gear, Kevin Ludwig, Paul Noyd, and The Look. On Saturday afternoon American Idol contestant Chloe Solvan will bring her talent and charm to the fair stage. And, everyone’s favorite emcee, Just In Case, will be overseeing it all.

Back by popular demand— the Cupcake Baking Contest, for both youth and adults, and the Ice Cream Eating Contest for kids are back by popular demand. All the kids win with this one since all enjoy a free Friendly’s sundae.

One of Pennsylvania’s finest wood carvers, Mac’s Chainsaw Art, will be back with a great inventory.  The beer tent returns, hosted by Silver Linings Eats & Sweets. You can get your chicken speidies there as well as specialty fries and a number of beverages.

The fair will come to a close with a special aerial light show before the traditional fireworks spectacular is set off at 10 p.m.