The Great Allentown Fair

Participants compete in the Barnyard Olympics and Pedal Tractor Pull on Sunday Sept. 6th, 2015, at the Great Allentown Fair.

Once and a while I like to do “the story behind the story” type of posting.

Today was a great fun; a visit to the Allentown Fair!

Having been there last year after a nearly 30 year hiatus this was my second year in a row returning to the historic Allentown Fairgrounds. A plot of land in the middle of the sprawling heyday turn of the century industrial boom of the Lehigh Valley and a former WWI ambulance training  grounds; for the last hundred or so years it has hosted what is properly named “The Great Allentown Fair”. I remember going here with my grandparents in the 1980’s and it was a highlight of any kids summer. Always at the end of the summer, the last day of the fair is historically Labor Day.

Today I had the chance to cover two smaller parts of this sprawling agricultural meets inner city event. From ferris wheels, tilt-a-whirls and carnival games you also find live stock… lots of livestock, 4H events and art exhibits.

I covered the Barnyard Olympics and the Pedal Tractor-Pull. Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds. Adults and children make animal noises in the olympics portion, the best receiving ribbons for placing in the event. The pedal tractor pull is exactly that. A cast metal pedal operated toy tractor with a weighted sled attached to the rear, add some youth powered legs and we are off! Down a blacktop stretch outside Agricultural Hall the youngsters pedal as hard and as fast as they can to see who can go the furthest.

I quickly found that the kids were very camera shy during the olympics, no one likes a camera in their face especially kids. I decided to go the covert route for the pull. I hooked a GoPro onto the front of each tractor for the pulling event. With a gorilla arm mount and a GoPro Hero3 i was able to capture the funniest reactions of these kids trying to pedal towards the finish line. Here is the video

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