In this photo taken Friday, June 7, 2013, Tyler Hubbard with the band Florida Georgia Line shakes hands with the crowd as the band performs on opening
In this photo taken Friday, June 7, 2013, Tyler Hubbard with the band Florida Georgia Line shakes hands with the crowd as the band performs on opening night of the 2013 Riverbend Festival at Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn. Sales are reportedly brisk for the band's upcoming appearance at the 2013 York Fair. ((AP File Photo/Doug Strickland)

Ticket sales are soaring for the 248th annual York Fair.

Some of the grandstand acts have seen monstrous sales months before the event, said fair president Gene Schenck.

"We've had the best advance sale we've ever had," he said.

One act in particular, country music duo Florida Georgia Line, has sold more than 8,500 tickets so far, Schenck said.

"That show's going to sell out before the show, and we don't have that very often," he said. "They're doing really well."

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None of the shows have sold out yet, but this year's response is promising, especially considering people tend to wait until the last minute to make their end-of-summer plans, Schenck said.

"For years, advance sales weren't doing very well," he said. "But we were doing really well a month before the fair."

New events: In addition to the usual rides, games and live music, this year will bring some new features to the fair, Schenck said.

This year, the kids' tent that provides hands-on activities for children will be more than twice as big as last year, he said. And for the adults, the grandstand beach bar has been expanded, as well, he said.

Other new events include a hypnotist, lumberjack show, helicopter rides, zipline, an educational presentation by local Vietnam War veterans and a USA Airbag event that allows attendees to climb a tower and jump onto an airbag like a stunt person, Schenck said.

"There's something that will make everybody happy," he said.

And because of a positive response to the exotic petting zoo last year, it will return this year, he said.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.


York Fair

The 2013 York Fair at the fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave., runs Friday, Sept. 6, to Sunday, Sept. 15. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays and noon Monday through Thursday.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 and under. Parking is $7.

To see a complete grandstand lineup, purchase tickets and more, visit www.yorkfair.org.