The 248th Annual York Fair is just three days away. President of the America’s oldest fair Gene Schenck said early indications show this could be a big year.
“Hailstorm, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson and Austin Mahone. We have a really have big lineup this year and the ticket sales are excellent. They are the best they have ever been. We are not quite sure we understand it. We have never had sales as strong as they are this year, and that’s an indication that a lot of people want to come to the fair,” said Schenck. “Right now our biggest seller is Florida Georgia Line. They are just a new sensation We signed them up last year when they were just starting up.”
Organizers hope a parade and new attractions will bring in more visitors too.
“We have a parade that is going to be on 9/11. September 11th falls during the middle of the fair this year, so we thought it would be entertaining and something to kind of remember 9/11. We have emergency vehicles in it we are reaching out to first responders,” said Michael Froehlich, General Manager of the York Fair. The parade will go through the fairgrounds and end at the Grandstand.
“With the ‘Free Fall’, new helicopter rides, we think excitement is going to be in the air throughout the entire fair. We got the new parade, we got the new Lumber Jack Show,” said Froehlich.
At the new Great Lakes Timber Show people will be able to see real lumberjacks, chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, and log-rolling in a water tank.
Another one of the new attractions this year is helicopter rides, offered by East Coast Helicopters, a company based and owned in York County.
“I really like the idea of somebody locally starting a business and succeeding at it. That doesn’t happen a lot anymore. It’s really exciting to see some local guys make a business out of helicopter rides. I hope they really have a great fair,” said Schenck.
Brian Klinger and Tyler Sigel own and operate the business. They are also both pilots who have grown up visiting the York Fair.
“It’s great, it’s right in our backyard, A five-minute flight from where our home base operation is. It’s great to be a part of the York fair which is one of the oldest fairs around,” said Tyler Sigel, Chief Pilot and founder of the company. “It’s a different experience instead of just coming to eat the food and enjoying the fair.”
East Coast Helicopters offers helicopter rides to a range of people and businesses including fairs and news organizations. “We recently took out a bunch of sky divers in Dover. That was a new experience!” said Sigel.
“It’s $40.00 per person and it’s roughly a six-minute ride. We take them up just take them all over York city and the surrounding area. If we have somebody that lives here we try to fly them over their house if possible! The city looks totally different from the air and a lot of people can’t even tell where they are at. Once they get up there they kind of lose their whereabouts. But it’s beautiful,” said Klinger. “It’s a great opportunity for us that they allow us to come here, and give the rides like we are.”
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