The 2012 Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, celebrates its 160th year.
So, where were you in 1852?
That's when the Allentown Fair began.
There've been many changes at the Fair over the years, er, decades, or, rather, centuries.
The Allentown Fair carries on at its 46-acre Fairgrounds location, 17th and Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.
The first day, Aug. 28, offers "Preview Night," with free admission.
The Summer Harmony concert, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Parkland High School Auditorium, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, will feature The Allentown Band performing "We Love Allentown," written by Robert Pearce, a 90-year-old Emmaus resident and retired Allen Organ employee, and his daughter, Joanne, a pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Allentown Band member Tom Heinze rewrote the arrangement for band and men's chorus. The song, which was written 30 years ago in response to Billy Joel's "Allentown" song, is to be performed to commemorate Allentown's 250th anniversary.
Two new "spectaculars," as the largest thrill rides are referred to, are coming to the Midway at the Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.
Powers Great American Midways spokesman Marc Janas reported that the carnival will unveil a "beamed-out," spaceship-looking ride called "Alien Abduction" that spins passengers into such a whirl that gravity pins them against its walls.
The other new ride called "Genesis" takes a gondola full of thrill-seekers on a 360-degree spin as if they are on the end of some wild second hand on a clock.
7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Hits by The J. Geils Band, formed 1967, Worcester, Mass., are "First I Look at the Purse" (1971), "Looking for A Love" (1971), "Give It to Me" (1973), "(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party" (1973), "Did You No Wrong" (1973), "Must of Got Lost" (1974), "Love-itis" (1975), "Surrender" (1977), "Sanctuary" (1979), "Love Stinks" (1980), "Centerfold," a No. 1 from the album, "Freeze Frame" (1981), with the title cut going to No. 4.
The "Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show," a 53-foot modified tractor-trailer transformed into a travelling museum, visits the Great Allentown Fair Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.
The museum will be manned and managed by staff and volunteers of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.
"We are excited to be a part of this extraordinary event. The Great Allentown Fair is one of the best and largest fairs in the country," Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, said.
You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.
You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.
The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.
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What I recall after seeing "Total Recall" are weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases, and more weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases and more weapons.
If I sound like a broken record it's because I am mirroring the images and impressions of "Total Recall," a reimagining, or reboot in simple words, a remake of the 1990 movie that starred Arnold Schwarznegger, based on author Philip K. Dick's "We Remember It For You Wholesale."