The Great Allentown Fair is under way, which is terrific timing for this edition of Throwback Thursday.Udoubleferriswheel_insidepost 082714

Wonderful fairs are common all across the PPL Electric Utilities service territory, and Allentown is no exception. The fair is a tradition more than a century and a half old. Today’s look at yesteryear takes us back about 50 years to the appearance of the double Ferris wheel at the fair. Quite a unique twist on the usual Ferris wheel, wouldn’t you say?

Unique attractions are anything but unique at The Great Allentown Fair!

We unearthed a great Morning Call newspaper article that chronicled some of the interesting and quirky things that have happened at the fair since it started in 1852. While the fair has not run continuously since that time — it was canceled during the Civil War and World War I — there is plenty of material to satisfy your nostalgia cravings.

The first fair took place along South Fourth Street between Walnut and Union streets in Allentown. The event moved to its current 46-acre location in 1889. There were airship races at the 1909 fair and Gen. Douglas MacArthur paid a visit in 1951. In more recent times, who could forget the debut of women’s mud wrestling in 1983? You probably have your own favorites if you are a regular fair visitor. We’d love to hear about it.

With its continuing commitment to its rich agricultural roots, the fair offers something for everyone. Find out all you need to know at

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