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Herkimer County Fair now open

Herkimer County Fair now open

FRANKFORT – The Herkimer County Fair began Tuesday afternoon with an opening ceremony, ushering in a week of fun, friendly competition and a celebration of all things Herkimer County.

“I’m excited fair time is here again, and right here in Frankfort,” said Frankfort Mayor Rick Adams. “It seems to get better and better every year. It’s good to see state grant money come their way and they did a great job on the cattle barn.”

“I ordered good weather for the week so hopefully I’ll get what I asked for,” he added with a laugh.

A curious cow in the cattle barn

The Herkimer County Fair earned a state grant this past year via the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which was used to completely renovate the cattle barn and show ring, including a new floor, siding and roof. There is also a newly constructed horse show ring.

“This is the fruition of a lot of hard work the volunteers put in every year,” said Legislator John Stephens (District 6). “It’s a pretty big draw for the area. People can come have a good time, ride the rides, watch the shows, enjoy some classis greasy fair food – I personally love the fair. My favorite part is the animals. It’s nothing but a positive thing for the area.”

Tuesday’s opening ceremony included the singing of the national anthem by Meghan Bright and words of congratulations and welcome from local dignitaries.

“It’s a representation of all we have to offer in Herkimer County,” said Senator James Seward during the ceremony. “Herkimer County is a great place to live, to visit and to raise a family.”

Dozens of local politicians attended the opening ceremony

“This fair was founded in 1841,” Senator James Tedesco (R – Glenville) pointed out. “That’s 176 years. The only thing Senator Seward and I can relate to lasting that long is the New York State budget negotiations,” he said, garnering laughter from the audience. “An accomplishment like that doesn’t happen by coincidence,” he added on a serious note. “It happens by leadership and teamwork.”

The fair will continue through Aug. 20, with children’s days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The demolition derby will span two nights this year, Thursday and Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. A complete schedule can be found at herkimercountyfair.org.

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