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Northeast Fair Off For Second Year

May 20, 2019 GMT

The Northeast Fair won’t operate for a second straight year, according to officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The event benefited the Pittston Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, but organizers put the fair on hiatus in 2018 because of a lack of volunteers and too little profit to make it worthwhile.

Fair organizers have not notified the Department of Agriculture, which oversees state agricultural fairs, of any intent to close permanently, spokeswoman Shannon Powers wrote in an email. Fairs can go on hiatus for two years without penalty, she said.

Firefighters at the volunteer fire department said the fair is likely finished, but efforts to reach an official with the department for confirmation were unsuccessful.

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There is some good news, though: The volunteers who ran the Northeast Fair have been supporting organizers of the Lackawanna County Heritage Fair in Scranton in their efforts to get a new fair up and running, Powers said.

That fair is scheduled to take place May 29 through June 2 at Montage Mountain.

It will include rides, live music, vendors and other attractions.

There will be a beard and moustache competition and a tattoo competition Saturday, as well as a homebrewed beer competition Sunday. Saturday night will also end with fireworks.

Contact the writer:

bwellock@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2051, @CVBillW

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