Before Nick Ryan co-founded Xpogo in 2010, he lived in York — which he says was basically the breeding ground for the sport of extreme pogo.

Growing up, he lived on Elmwood Boulevard in Spring Garden Township, he said.

"That street saw a lot of pogoing," said Ryan, 25, who now calls New York City home for himself and his business.

And his venture is coming full circle: Members of the Xpogo Pro Team will perform daily, high-energy stunt shows at the York Fair as part of a new attraction this year.

Although Ryan doesn't perform anymore, he said he'll probably attend the fair for the first time since he was in high school.

New attractions: Many new and returning attractions highlight the 2014 fair, said Mike Froehlich, the fair's general manager.

Xpogo athlete Tone Staubs of Ohio performs a trick called the "no-foot cannonball grab" in New York City. Xpogo, a company with York ties, will
Xpogo athlete Tone Staubs of Ohio performs a trick called the "no-foot cannonball grab" in New York City. Xpogo, a company with York ties, will bring Staubs and other members of its pro team to the York Fair for the first time this year. (submitted)

"It just keeps kind of growing and growing," he said.

New this year will be a "goat mountain," a 60-by-90-foot area with hay bales and structures that will allow goats to climb up and down, Froehlich said.

Goats are known for their coordination and love of climbing.

"I think it's gonna be a nice attraction," he said.

For a fee, fair attendees will also be able to ride a 200-foot zipline, he said.

And a mobile ag lab, sponsored by York County Agricultural Business Council, will be a "schoolhouse on wheels" where young children can learn about agriculture, Froehlich said.

York-based Stillmeadow Crossing Modular Train Group will also set up miniature train exhibits at the fair, Froehlich said.


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The Royal Hanneford Circus of Thrills will perform elephant acts for the first year and offer elephant rides for a fee, he said.

Opening day will also feature the Grandstand Challenge, a showcase of local entertainment, Froehlich said.

Returning, expanding: The popular U.S. Airbag event — where attendees can plunge onto a giant airbag — will come to the fair for a second year. East Coast Helicopters will also give helicopter rides for a second year, he said.

A 200-foot zipline is one of the York Fair’s new attractions  this year. Submitted
A 200-foot zipline is one of the York Fair's new attractions this year. Submitted

"That really gave people that have never been in a helicopter a great opportunity to get up and see the city of York," Froehlich said. "There was always a line there."

Pennsylvania's Strongest Man Competition, hosted by Lancaster's Team Ironmill, also will return to the fair. This time, there will also be a Scotland-inspired Highland games program, arm wrestling competitions, an obstacle course for adults and children and possibly a food-eating contest, he said.

The fair will also continue to showcase agriculture with its display of antique tractors and an expanded animal birthing center, Froehlich said.

The Vietnam Veterans Experience tent came to the fair for the first time last year. This year, the display will be expanded and include veterans from other wars, he said.

Other returning favorites are hypnotist Tammy Barton, hot dog-racing pigs and dachshunds, Matt's Family Jam and the Eudora Farms Exotic Animal Petting Zoo — complete with camel and pony rides.

The fair has also finalized its Grandstand lineup of entertainment, with performances by Lady Antebellum, comedian Jeff Dunham, Hunter Hayes, McClain and Jackyl.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.