The 2019 Shenandoah County Fair is fast approaching and will have some new attractions this year.
“The fair strives to have events that people have never seen before,” said Tom Eshelman, general manager of the Shenandoah County Fair Association. “We’re trying to offer new experiences.”
Flat track motorcycle racing will debut for the first time at the Shenandoah County Fair. Steve Nace Racing will present Allstar Motorcycle Races at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. The event will feature flat track motorcycle races with over 100 contestants from across the country.
“There’s nowhere else in the valley that has this,” Eshelman said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Tickets for the races will be $20 for general admission infield and $25 for reserved grandstand seats.
This year’s fair will also see country music legend Charley Pride and Christian rock band Casting Crowns perform. Pride is a multiple Grammy award winner who has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and has amassed 52 Top 10 country hits over his 50-year career. Casting Crowns has sold over 11 million records since the band’s formation in 1999. The group took home the Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for its album “Lifesong” in 2005.
Pride will perform at the fair at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, while Casting Crowns will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
Rock band Kix will return to the fair as a part of the Fair Finale’ Rockin’ Double Header alongside rock band Autograph at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The Hagerstown-based band drew 2,000 people at last year’s fair.
“It’s huge for the fair,” Eshelman said. “We’ve been trying to get different genres of music for each night.”
Eshelman said the fair will also be offering a $12 armband that will give attendees access to all 27 rides on the evening of Aug. 26.
“It’s almost unheard of,” Eshelman said. “No other fair has that.”
Other events scheduled for the fair include the Diesel Truck Drags and Pull, which will begin at noon on Aug. 25, followed by the County Tractor Pull at 3 p.m. The day will end with the Modified Tractor Pull at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Diesel Day and the County Pull will be $12, and tickets for the County Pull and the Modified Tractor Pull will also be $12. Attendees can attend all three events for $18.
Demolition derbies will return to the fair at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. Both nights will feature 4-, 6-, and 8- cylinder vehicles with a special “two-man” derby class in the Aug. 26 show, which will feature one man driving and one man operating the brake and accelerator.
Tickets for both nights will be $14 for grandstand or track-side seating.
The fair will also feature a pig scramble at 6 p.m. Aug. 28, a skid steer rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, and harness racing from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 28, through Aug. 31.
The 2019 Shenandoah County Fair runs Aug. 26-31.
For more information on these events or to purchase tickets, visit www.shencofair.com.