Genesee County Fair runs July 24-31 | Top story
BATAVIA – The Genesee County Agricultural Society is not ready to announce a full schedule of events, but has said the 2021 County Fair will go ahead as planned.
“Who’s up for fair trade food, rides, games, animal shows, concerts, pig races and more? Well, after countless hours of working with county and state officials, we can’t wait to see you at the Genesee County Fair July 24-31! the salon said on its Facebook page.
“We want to be able to organize a fair and carry on our tradition. Last year (it) was difficult to cancel our show, ”said Amanda Gallo, Ag Society Fair Board Chair. “We want to move forward with our show for this year. We had to wait for the state to give us the green light. “
She said Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the past two weeks, had given the green light for the fairs to take place.
“We knew we wanted to at least be able to offer the cattle and the 4-H shows like we did last year. We did this last year during the pandemic, ”said Gallo.
Gallo said the county health department recommended that when people cannot socially distance themselves, they should wear masks.
“It’s the same as all the other businesses that are open right now. Most of our events and buildings – the majority of them are considered open outdoor spaces, ”she said.
“The guidelines change all the time,” Gallo noted.
“We will be following the New York Forward website (https://forward.ny.gov/). County Director Matt Landers and David Bell from the County Health Department helped us with our advice and let us know what we can do and how we need to move forward to have a successful fair and safe.
The chairman of the agricultural society’s fair board said the agricultural society is planning the daily schedule, which it hopes to post on the fair’s website (www.gcfair.com/). At 5:00 p.m. on July 23 and at 1:00 p.m. on July 24, the North American Six-Horse Hitch Class Series will take place. There will be more than 10 teams of six horses.
“This will be the biggest workhorse show in New York State in the past 10 years,” she said.
Gallo said the fair will have 4-H shows and exhibits throughout the week, the Empire Classic Sheep Show will take place at the start of the week). The Genesee County Fair Queen and Princess Pageant will take place July 24-25. There will also be Faith at the Fair, a Christian music group program.
“Our rides will be open from Tuesday July 27 to Saturday July 31,” she said. Rides are provided by Hammerl Amusements of Buffalo.
Gallo said she wanted people who might be concerned about the pandemic and their health and safety to know, the fair is following state guidelines. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available throughout the Genesee County Fairgrounds.
In April, the county agricultural society said volunteers had moved forward with plans for the Genesee County Fair, although at the time, county fairs had not received any guidance on what or how they should plan for the right season.
In May, the county legislature voted to allocate $ 11,000 for 4-H judgment fees and 4-H bonuses at the fair.
Farm society treasurer Norm Pimm said in May there were 238 young 4-H members at 23 clubs in Genesee County. There are also 68 adult volunteers who help run the clubs.