The Hatfield Speedway & The Montgomery County Fair
Started as a one half mile horse racing track, and eventually featuring stock cars, midgets, dragsters, and motorcycles, the Hatfield Speedway met the need for speed for men, and women, of the area for over 40 years. Some who raced around the Hatfield oval even went on to become racing superstars, including Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt, and Mario Andretti! Of course, any program on the Hatfield Speedway would be incomplete without also including the Montgomery County Fair which was held on the grounds of the speedway for many years. Thousands of people poured into Hatfield each year to enjoy this old-time country fair, complete with judged contests for fruits & vegetables and livestock, midway carnival rides, and live entertainment galore. And, of course, racing!
Larry Stevens, a Hatfield Borough resident for 55 years, is President of the Hatfield Museum & History Society which he founded in 1991. The Society has worked for the past 30 years to preserve the history of both Hatfield Borough and Hatfield Township. In August 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, the Hatfield History Museum opened, bringing to fruition the 30 year dream of the Hatfield Museum and History Society to have a building where it can tell Hatfield’s history and make its collection readily accessible to the public. Larry has written a number of books on Hatfield history including: History of Hatfield Borough, 1898 – 1998; Walking Tour of Historic Hatfield Borough; the Hatfield Museum & History Society 20th Anniversary Collection; and The Hatfield Horror – The Story of the Great Hatfield Train Wreck of 1900.
Larry is also active in other areas of community service: He is a life member of the Hatfield Vol. Fire. Co., having served 20 years as a firefighter, and has served on Hatfield Borough Council for almost 30 years. Larry is retired from the Hatfield Chamber of Commerce where he served as the Executive Director.
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