“It’s still disrespectful, I don’t care whose picture it is,” Harris said. “We got lots of call on it.”
The midway vendor had displayed Obama photos at other fairs without issues, she said, but took them down locally without problems.
“They were fine with it,” Harris said. “They were very apologetic and didn’t think it would bother anybody.”
Harris said Otsego County deputies weren’t called, and deputies on site later said there weren’t any problems during fair week.
Lesko and Camlyn Lyons, 17, both school seniors at Maine-Endwell High School agreed that the peacock at the Otsego County Federation of Sportsmen exhibit and a tractor pull had been two favorite fair offerings. They also helped tend horses and rabbits that Lyons’s relatives were showing at the fair.
Annette Hammond of Round Top Meadows Farm in Gilbertsville said the best part of the fair was working with her three daughters and members of the Gilbertsville Dairy Club, a 4-H group. The week culminated a year of work, she said. Her daughters, Meredith, 13, Emily, 9, and Kendra, 7, have been showing the farm’s beef cattle and pigs, she said.
“It’s been great to be here to support each other,” Hammond, a principal in the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District, said. “It’s good to watch my own children and see how they have grown.”
Meredith Hammond agreed that fair highlights were were spending time with friends and taking care of the animals.
Harris said fairs have similar elements from year to year, yet offer different attractions to “keep up with the times.” But the agricultural, family oriented emphasis remains, she said, and generations of families have brought their livestock.
In recent years, fair-goers have included visitors from baseball camps who haven’t been to a county fair before, Harris said.
“We always are trying to maintain an agricultural fair,” she said. “That’s what fairs are.”