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America's oldest fair is returning for another year of concerts, food and fun — with a few surprises in store for both new and returning festivalgoers.

The fair opens Friday, Sept. 6, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15, with gates opening at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday and noon Monday to Thursday. Click here for a schedule of fair events.

"There's something for everyone to enjoy," said Brianna Holmes, director of communications for the fair.

New to the fair this year will be a firefighter training show and an interactive alligator exhibit. 

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A fan favorite, the Ag Education Center, will be in Memorial Hall for the first time, with double the space to accommodate the increase in interest. The Racing Pigs and Dogs will be back as well, as will the popular Goat Mountain.

Country star Brad Paisley kicks off the grandstand concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

Other concerts throughout the week include "America's Got Talent" winner Darci Lynne at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; Christian-rock group Bethel Music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9; and Travis Tritt & the Charlie Daniels Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

For concert prices and tickets, go to yorkfair.org or call the office at 717-848-2596.

In addition to concerts, a monster truck show will run at the grandstand at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

Two shows, Let Freedom Ring and the Demolition Derby, will be free to all guests. 

Let Freedom Ring is a 9/11 tribute concert and will feature artists Shatter X, Stoney Lonesome, Dave Bray USA and Kayla Kroh. The show will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The Demolition Derby is starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

General admission tickets to the York Fair can be purchased at the fair office, located at 334 Carlisle Ave., or at participating Weis Markets, Rutter's or Saubel's Markets. 

Tickets for children 5 and under are free. Children and teenagers ages 6 to 18, and college students with an ID, pay $4. Adult admission is $8.

Free or reduced price admissions are available on promotion days, beginning with $1 admission and rides on Friday for PeoplesBank Dollar Day. For a full list of promotion days, go to yorkfair.org/promo-days.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

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