The Elizabethtown Fair celebrates 45 years this season. What started off small back then, has grown into a week-long attraction that draws crowds of thousands. 

The fair kicked off with a coronation, and now a week of work begins for this year’s Fair Queen, Madison Shaw.  

“This week I’ll be doing all sorts of events, and I’ll also be doing my own projects that I entered, so I’ll be showing my goats and sheep,” said Shaw. 

Organizers say feasting on fried delicacies and taking a spin still take a back seat to Lancaster County’s hallmark industry. 

“We are an agricultural fair,” said Sally Nolt of the Elizabethtown Fair. “We have a great diversity of agriculture here. There are dairy farms and produce farms, egg producers, chicken producers, hog producers,  all sorts of producers. We have everything here.”

Kids like 11-year-old Mary Alspaugh doesn’t shy away from the ring, preserving the traditions of the fair. 

“We have to have a lot of effort and time, and you have to have a lot of energy, and you have to be able to feed them every morning and night,” said Alspaugh. 

The Elizabethtown Fair over-delivers when it comes to its price tag, of free. Organizers still raise enough to award several agricultural scholarships to students, and of course to do this all over again next year. 

Our abc27 weather team will be broadcasting live here on Thursday night, and the fair runs through Saturday.