August 26th - September 1, 2014
"Harvest Your Dreams"
Welcome to the 97th Annual GDS Fair
Ninety-six years ago the Greene Dreher Sterling Community Fair was born in a school room by the teacher Miss Ella Nevin for a place for her students to exhibit their handy-work The Fair was held at an old "Community Hall" in Newfoundland. Later it was moved from there to the Newfoundland school and later yet to the Newfoundland Fairgrounds.
The first few Fairs were held after school had started, but later to before school started. It was then open to residents of Greene, Dreher, Lehigh and Sterling townships. Later it was open to all residents of Pennsylvania.
The Fair was formed to promote farm life, farm activities and farm successes, and later lots of music, noise and food were added. The Fair now is held for one week continuing until after Labor Day.
One of the times when it just seemed like too much of a job to get the Fair going was in 1955 when Mother Nature closed up shop on the Fair with ten feet of water over the Fairgrounds and all of the buildings and supplies. It was a total disaster with the only building not destroyed - the present Bingo hall (originally built for a chicken coop). It floated down stream 200 yards lodging against a bowling alley which had been washed 20 feet from its foundation. The hot dog stand floated down stream until it hit a bridge and was broken into pieces.
The Fair began as a part of education. One fourth of the people who came were looking for information, new ideas and whatever data they could pick up. It has long since grown into a real, honest to-goodness country fair will all the glitter, glamour, and noise added to the homey down-on-the-farm kind of exhibits. It is an event for the whole family, the whole countryside, visitors included.
A myriad of events are being planned for the 96th Fair. You can be sure that this 2013 Fair will be something very special. All new entertainment is scheduled for this year. See our schedule page for details.
Click here to view a schedule of all our yearly events such as our Spring Flee Market, Bluegrass Festival, Summer Craft Show and more.