Barnard Bailey of West Chester hangs name tags for Mildred Seed’s Jersey heifers Thursday at the York Fair Utz Arena. The fair opens to the public at
Barnard Bailey of West Chester hangs name tags for Mildred Seed's Jersey heifers Thursday at the York Fair Utz Arena. The fair opens to the public at 11 a.m. Friday. (John A. Pavoncello — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

When Terri and Mike Sigler brought their goats to the York Fair last year, they also brought a step for them to play on.

This year, the fair is taking the goats' affinity for climbing to new heights.

Goat Mountain is a new, free attraction that lets 15 Sigler Hollow goats of all ages scale bales of hay and other structures, "because that's not something people get to see," said Terri Sigler, 27, of Springettsbury Township.

York Fair 2014 will also feature several other new attractions, a new butter sculpture and a new York Fair queen.

Attractions: New, free attractions this year include a mobile agriculture education lab, miniature train exhibits and extreme pogo stunts.

Alana Eisenhour, of Wellsville. Submitted
Alana Eisenhour, of Wellsville. Submitted

Friday will also feature the Grandstand Challenge, a free showcase of local country music hosted by Jamie Lynn Spears.

For a fee, fair attendees will be able to ride a 200-foot zipline this year.

And the free Royal Hanneford Circus of Thrills will perform elephant acts for the first time this year, as well as offer elephant rides for a fee.

Returning attractions include an airbag plunge, helicopter rides, free exotic petting zoo, expanded animal birthing center and antique tractor display,

Sculpture: This year's butter sculpture, unveiled Thursday night, goes back to the fair's first year in 1765.

Set in that year, the sculpture features a horse and wagon as well as several people in period attire bringing goods like peaches to the fair.


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Sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pa., created it in two weeks from about 300 pounds of Land O'Lakes butter from the Carlisle plant, Victor said.

2014 York Fair Queen Alana Eisenhour, who will show Black Angus cattle next week, said she loves the fair and found this year's sculpture interesting.

"I think it's very unique," said the 18-year-old Wellsville resident. "I also like how it's really family-based."

The sculpture will be on display all 10 days of the fair, and the butter used will be recycled and turned into biofuel, Victor said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.