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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Locals Want County Fairs this Summer:
Genesee County Ag Society
still planning for July 24-31 fair
Brothers Cole Carlson and Caleb Carlson of Byron, work together at the Genesee County Fair in 2019 to prepare a cow named Silver for a livestock show. Fair officials remain hopeful that they will be able to present some elements of the county fair this summer, including the 4-H livestock shows, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
Mark Gutman/Daily News File Photo

Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference Monday, people have asked the Genesee County Ag Society and its volunteers for the Genesee County Fair whether there will be a fair this year, said Amanda Gallo, Ag Society president. Ag Society members and volunteers “have been receiving an abundance of emails and phone calls questioning whether we will be able to hold the Genesee County Fair for 2021,” she said Monday evening in a press release.

“At this time, while it is promising that the State Fair will go ahead with planning for the 2021 season, we, the county fairs, have not been given any guidance as to what or how we should be planning for fair season,” she said. The Ag Society volunteers have been moving ahead with plans for the fair, to be held July 24-31, Gallo said.

“In 2020, we were able to hold the livestock shows for our youth, and did so successfully. We are hoping to continue with that in 2021,” she said. “We are looking to expand upon what we were able to do in 2020, but please know that we are working closely with Genesee County Officials and our Genesee County Health Department so that we can keep our attendees safe while adhering to New York state guidelines. We are hoping that, in the near future, the governor and his office will be addressing how the county fairs should proceed, so that we can move forward with some great entertainment and livestock shows for our community.”

Gallo said the Ag Society wants to keep the community and fair supporters updated on how it will be able to proceed with this year’s fair. On Monday, Cuomo announced that spectator capacity at large-scale outdoor event venues will increase from 20 to 33 percent beginning May 19. Social distancing, masks, health screenings and all other State health and safety protocols remain in effect.
Courtesy of The Daily News

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