Folks in eastern Lancaster County have only a few days to recover from the dizzying carnival rides and deep fried Oreos of the Ephrata Fair before the action shifts to New Holland.

The 87th New Holland Farmers Fair opens Wednesday in the 100 blocks of East and West Main Street.

The four-day fair opens with the annual Spectacle of Bands parade, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The 50th annual Fireman's Tug-of-War begins Thursday, at 8 p.m., with the preliminary rounds. Finals are slated for Saturday at 8 p.m.

The safe tractor driving contest is slated for Friday morning. And the baby and pet parades and horseshoe pitching contest are all on Saturday.

Kids day, with balloons, face painting and other children’s activities, is Friday, from 1-4 p.m. Events will occur on Towne Centre Green at the corner of North Roberts and East Main streets.

A pedal tractor pull, for ages 3-6, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, on East Franklin Street. The tractor pull for ages 7-10, will be held there on Saturday, at 5:30 p.m.

The midway will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The rides and most food stands will open at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday  and Saturday. The fair also includes exhibits and livestock shows.

There is no admission fee to the fair.

Free parking can be found on surrounding streets. Paid parking is available Wednesday at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 276 West Main St.

Wednesday’s two-mile long parade begins at New Holland Park and proceeds west on Jackson Street, to Custer and Broad streets, and onto Railroad Avenue, before it passes the judge’s reviewing stand on East Main Street.

Bernard Harris is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers transportation issues and Lancaster City Hall. He also blogs about bicycling at Road Apples and Potholes. He can be reached at or (717) 481-6022. You can also follow@BHarris_LNP on Twitter.