By Terry Baylor
For The Daily Item
SUNBURY — The Northumberland County Fair gets into full swing today and as always, the entertainment lineup is terrific. The fair is held at the Sunbury Armory on Mile Hill Road, Sunbury. Admission is free and there is no charge for parking. There is plenty of parking space in the Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church lot adjacent to the Armory grounds.
Each year different people in the community sponsor musicians/bands by donating money so the bands can get paid to play at the fair.
The day’s fun starts around 1 p.m. with the first act to perform — Jay Smar — from 3-5. Smar was sponsored by the late Ed Mashburn. Then Jim McClincy has two time slots — from 6-7 and 8-9 p.m. McClincy’s performance is sponsored by Bill and Jeanne Snover and Donald and Renee Murphy.
Huffy the clown will be, well, clowning around from 3 until 9 p.m. (he returns for the same time period on Friday and will be around all day on Saturday).
On Friday, Spike Stamm and his band Smooth Country kick off the musical entertainment from 3-5 p.m. and the MidLife Cowboys take the stage at 7 and will play until 9.
On Saturday, the first act on the bill is Peggy Shelly and Friends playing from 1-2 p.m. Shelly is a flutist and is a volunteer for the fair, seeking sponsors and taking care of the public relations.
The Frank Wicher Band is up next, playing from 3-5 p.m. They are an outlaw country band from Northumberland that recently gained near celebrity status after opening up for .38 Special at Spyglass Winery. They also opened for Montgomery Gentry when at The Community Arts Center in Williamsport.
Wicher serves up a musical buffet of country, blues and southern rock as well as many of his own songs. Sponsors for the FWB are Sunbury Motors, Wiest Law Office and Sunbury Monumental Works.
K.J. Reimensnyder-Wagner will close out the entertainment calendar appearing from 6-9.