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July 31, 2013

Fair kicks off with 'perfect' weather

The Otsego County Fair opened Tuesday with what organizers said was a typical crowd.

“It’s right in the ballpark of what we usually have opening day,” said Judy Harris, who has been managing director of the Otsego County Fair for around 15 years.

Tuesday was $1 admission and free parking at the fair. Adult admission is $5 and parking is $2 for the rest of the fair. Youth admission (ages nine to 15) will be $2.50, while those eight and under will be admitted free.

Harris estimated that there are over 100 vendors altogether at the fair this year, although she added that she’s never actually counted them all up. She said that this number of vendors was comparable to previous years.

“Our biggest event has got to be the demolition derby,” said Harris when asked about the most popular entertainment events at the fair, saying that the derbies fill the grandstand, which seats 3,000 people. “I think it’s a big draw for us because it’s local people.”

Derbies will be held Thursday and Sunday. Harris said the tractor and truck pulls were also popular events.

“We’re just hoping that the the weather holds, not too hot and not too rainy,” said Harris, saying that the weather Tuesday was perfect.

In terms of the livestock being shown, Harris said that there were fewer dairy cows and a few more beef cows, while pigs, goats and sheep were on the rise. She also said there was a decrease in the number of rabbits and chickens, but that this was partially due to limits, put into place this year, on the number of rabbits and chickens an individual could exhibit.

At the fair’s Flora Hall, vegetable, flower and cooking exhibits are down, while canning and cooking exhibits are up, according to fair treasurer Dick Ballard.

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