York Fair officials mulling cooling upgrades at grandstand

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Travis Tritt performs on the Bobcat Grandstand Stage, Thursday, September 12, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

York Fair organizers are eyeing ways to keep the crowd cool at its grandstand as they prepare for the fair's move from a fall event to a summer one. 

"We understand that having the fair in July and August will most likely have hotter days," said Brianna Holmes, director of communications for the fair. "We want to accommodate those grandstand shows as well." 

In 2018, the York County Agricultural Society Board of Directors announced the fair would move from September to late July  in 2020. The earlier date is expected to boost attendance and permit the booking of more popular entertainment acts. 

But the move to summer also means that heat could be an issue. 

Holmes said research is underway  into ways to better circulate the air in the grandstand for the fair's summertime concerts. 

The grandstand is home to events throughout the fair, including its musical acts. 

Though this research is still in the early stages, Holmes said the goal is to have all necessary work completed before the 2020 fair. 

In 2020, the fair will be held from July 24 to Aug. 2.

Other considerations that will be met for the upcoming fair include installing misting stations, cooling tents and resting stations available to all guests, Holmes said.

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