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LOWER TOWAMENSING TOWNSHIP -- The Carbon County fair is underway near Palmerton and the annual celebration is bringing some new additions to the fairgrounds.

The sights and sounds have returned to the Carbon County Fairgrounds in Lower Towamensing Township.

More than 100 vendors are set up for the week-long celebration.

"We're a family event. Everybody that's here knows everybody by their first name," said Carbon County Fair president Bob Silliman.

New rides sit along the midway, including a yoyo and a zipline.

Of course, you'll find the traditional 4H events as well.

Alyssa Wentz and her new heifer Willow are busy getting ready for competition.

"Blowing and clipping, and conditioner and shampoo, and so it's definitely a project," she explained.

This year the Carbon County Fair will be open for an extra day, for the first time in 15 years, giving folks more time to enjoy these rides, food and lots of fun.

"We're actually running six days this year, Monday. We've never run on a Monday before, so we're hoping it works out well."

Emma Moyer is busy getting food ready. She's a regular volunteer behind the grill for the Bowmanstown Parryville Lions, and says sometimes she'll even take special orders.

"Sometimes a big guy comes along and he'll say 'double cheeseburger.' Well, I'll make it."

They say no matter where you eat, you're sure to enjoy lots of homemade deliciousness on the fairgrounds all week long.

"Oh yes, oh yes you are. That's what the country folk do," said Jean Smith.

The Carbon County Fair runs through Saturday night at the fairgrounds just outside Palmerton.

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