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The 2015 fair will be held on Wednesday September 30th thru Saturday October 3rd.

Tug-Of-War Anniversary To Highlight New Holland Fair

By Ann Mead Ash

Over the years, the Fireman’s Tug-of-War has been an integral part of the New Holland Farmers Fair, and when the 83rd fair is held in downtown New Holland from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 4, the 50th anniversary of the start of that competition will be in the spotlight.

Jeff Barrage, who became the master of ceremonies for what area residents have dubbed the “rope pull” in 2006, said that the event, has always featured area fire companies and was begun by James Lafferty in 1965. Shortly thereafter, Jim Dissinger became the master of ceremonies and was known as The Voice of Tug-of-War from 1968 until 2005.

Tug-of-war rules call for 10 men in fireman’s boots per team. Barrage noted that for at least a few years during the 1970s, a women’s tug-of-war was held as well. “That (contest) was replaced with a women’s bucket brigade,” stated Barrage.

To mark the event milestone, a ceremony will be held at the tug-of-war stage on East Franklin Street on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Barrage has asked winning teams from the past 50 years to send a representative with the first-place trophy to create a parade of trophies from the last 49 years that will form a line in front of the stage. “I will (announce) the year they won and the fire company name, and I will introduce the (nine) fire companies that are participating this year by team,” explained Barrage.

A Garden Spot Fire Rescue ladder truck flying an American flag will provide a backdrop for the ceremony. Barrage plans to ask a local pastor to bless the firemen, and the ceremony will include a vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In addition to the ceremony, Barrage has arranged for four large trophies for the winning teams. The overall winner will receive $500, a 6-foot-tall trophy, and a special stone 50th anniversary plaque. Each fireman on the winning team will receive an individual commemorative 50th anniversary plaque, along with an engraved pen and a special medallion. The first medallion has already been presented by Barrage to Ethel Lafferty, the widow of James Lafferty.

Barrage believes the tradition of giving the rope to a team that wins three years in a row dates back to the beginning of the pull. Seven teams have received pull ropes. Since an anonymous donor has given the Farmers Fair Association a new rope to use for the 50th anniversary pull, that rope could be given to a winning team in a few years.

The rope pull is one of just many activities associated with the fair, which will officially kick off with the parade on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The midway will open at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1, and the rides will open at 4 p.m. Exhibits will open at 1 p.m., and the bake sale will be held at 11 a.m.

On Oct. 2, the goat show will be held at 1:30 p.m., followed by the sheep show at 4 p.m. The bingo tent will be open in the former Boswell’s Restaurant parking lot from 5 to 9 p.m. On Oct. 3, Grassland FFA will hold its tractor driving contest at 10 a.m. Kids Day will also be held on Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m., and the livestock sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. Country line dancing lessons will be held in the rope pulling area from 8 to 9 p.m.

On the final day of the fair, Oct. 4, a horseshoe pitching contest will be held at 9 a.m. at the New Holland Community Park on Jackson Street. The Baby Parade will be held on Main Street beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the Pet Parade. The Long John Contest will be held on Franklin Street at 2:45 p.m., and the Fireman’s Tug-of-War finals will be held at 8 p.m.

Read more: http://townlively.com/tug-of-war-anniversary-to-highlight-new-holland-fair/

Club To Assist With Fair Setup

Farmer’s Fair Week will take place from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 4, at the New Holland Farmer’s Fair Building at Franklin Street and Roberts Avenue.

The New Holland Area Women’s Club will participate in the setup for crafts, which will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. Club members will receive handcrafted items from 2 to 8 p.m. Judging will take place on Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m.

Handcrafted items may be entered in one of two divisions. The Junior Division is open to individuals up to age 17, and the Adult Division is open to those age 18 and older. Items should be marked with the class or category in which they are to be entered. Entries must be picked up on Oct. 4 between 8 and 10 p.m.

The parade will take place on Oct. 1 starting at 7 p.m. To reserve a seat at the New Holland Firehouse, readers are asked to contact Jean Hass at 717-445-9902

Read more: http://townlively.com/club-to-assist-with-fair-setup/