Visitors greet the return of the Jefferson County Fair
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – The 204th Annual Jefferson County Fair is underway and this is the first time since 2019 that visitors have the chance to enjoy the rides, food and entertainment in person.
County fairs across the state were all closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, since the Jefferson County Fair was held virtually in 2020, it retains its title as the longest-running and continuous fair in the United States.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in mid-May that county fairs could open this summer, which didn’t leave organizers much time to prepare things.
But, the Jefferson County Fair rose to the occasion. The farm tents are full of animals and their owners, the halfway carnival is ready, and the food vendors are busy feeding festival-goers.
“We’re back and we’re so excited to be here. We have pretty much everything we would normally have. We’re going to have a great fair if you can just avoid the rain, ”said Bob Simpson, president of the fair.
Simpson isn’t the only one thrilled to see the fair return; the fairgoers too.
“We went there every year and it was kind of like a tradition. Last year was disappointing not being able to go, ”said Emma Heflin from Antwerp.
“It’s nice to be free, to be outside again,” said Anthony Beldin of Watertown.
People can disclose their fair favorites.
“I love going to see the animals,” said Alissa Meyers of Sandy Creek.
“Definitely the rides,” Heflin said.
“I love food. I don’t ride on rides. I’m too old for rides,” Beldin said.
The fair kicked off with events such as the 4H Cup Champions Competition and a Chainsaw Sculptors Show.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Jefferson County Fair without funnel cakes and freshly popped popcorn.
“It makes me feel good. It makes me feel wonderful. They love to watch me do it; they love why I’m here, ”said Vernon“ Santa ”Phillips, Kris Kringle Kettle Corn.
There is a lot more where this came from. The fair lasts until Sunday and there is a lot more fun to be had, and a lot more wasted time to catch up.
“It’s been a long year,” Heflin said.
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