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Making memories at the Unionville Fair

10/08/2014 02:35AM ● By Lev

By John Chambless

Staff Writer

There are generations of people in Chester County who remember the Unionville Fair as an annual highlight. Now that the 90th edition of the fair is over, the kids who patted the llamas or played in the inflatable house or climbed high on a tractor last weekend will forever remember the moments they spent having old-fashioned fun at the fair.

For the thousands of people who bring their best garden produce to compete, who fill the stands on Saturday night for the rodeo, who bring the grandkids for photo opportunities in the Giggles N Grins play area, the Unionville Fair is a marker in their lives.  On Friday afternoon, school groups were beginning to trickle in to sample the fun of the fair. While the big events weren't underway yet, there was plenty to do and see as parents and kids dashed to and fro, getting some face paint, holding a newborn chick, dancing to Dan and Galla's bouncy music or getting a treat at one of the food booths.

In a county that is increastingly being turned over to housing developments and commercial development, the Unionville Fair is a reminder of a time when farms, not shopping centers, lined our roads. Here are some scenes at last weekend's fair that have played out, in various ways, for the past 90 years.


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