Prior to summer fairs, livestock took to runway walking in front of neighbors’ barns to show off their hard-earned blue ribbons. Applaud the advances in agriculture and family entertainment with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to The Bolton Fair running August 11–14 at The Fairgrounds at Lancaster (up to a $20 value). Admission is always free for children younger than 6, and is $5 for military personnel and children 7–12.
In its 129th year, The Bolton Fair welcomes visitors to its 53-acre space sprawling with myriad activities, from livestock exhibits and petting zoos to carnival rides and live music. Stroll around the fair's grounds, partaking in thrilling stunt moves at Ridgeway & Johnson Movie Stunt Adventure or occupying eyes with the Marvelous Mutts show, which features dogs performing astonishing feats such as racing through obstacle courses and completing tax forms without errors. Youngsters can stamp their passports in Kid’s Country, an outdoor area packed with magicians, games, and animal displays, and participants of all ages can munch on classic fair cuisine and boogie to the tunes of national musical acts, bluegrass troupes, and cow-mooing cover bands.