Lehigh Valley

New twist to old fair brings in harvest for food bank

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown fairgoers experienced a new twist to the 162nd Great Allentown Fair on Tuesday night.

For its kickoff night, organizers launched a new "Preview Night gate admission campaign."

The goal of the campaign was to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pa. collect food and sundry supplies for the food bank.

Fairgoers age 13 and over were given a choice to either pay $3 for admission or come in "with a buck and a can."

Many fairgoers chose the second option which led to overflowing baskets of donated items at the fair entrances, while fair goers paid only $1 for admission.

As a result of the campaign, 7,667 pounds of food and other items were collected.

Fair admission all week will go directly to the non profit agricultural mission of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the organizers of the fair.

The spokesperson for the Society Bonnie Brosious expressed the organization's appreciation, thanking fairgoers for their astounding generosity in supporting the society's mission to fight hunger.

Organizers are already planning to set a new poundage record next year.

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