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Fairs Making Plans:
GLOW region Fairs aim to return,
await state guidance

County fairs in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming
aim to be back this summer


By MATT SURTEL and KATE LISA - news@batavianews.com


PIKE — It all comes down to state guidelines. The details haven’t been finalized, but county fairs in the GLOW region continue to plan for their return this summer. Exactly how they look — and what they’ll offer — will largely depend on rules they’re still awaiting from Albany. But as for now, they aim to be back.

Wyoming County Fair officials confirmed Tuesday in a Facebook post that planning’s underway for the much-beloved August event.
“We know based on current guidelines most activities will look differently than in years past,” the officials said. “However, we feel it is important for all involved to move forward with a fair in 2021, even if it means altering fair operations to ensure the safety and well-being of fair participants, visitors, and employees.”
The fair’s set for Aug. 14 to 21. Officials are working with a group including the county Health Department, the Town of Pike, the Pike Fire Department and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County. More information will be announced when plans are finalized, they said.


Wyoming County Fair, of course, is a beloved summer tradition whose popularity extends well beyond the county’s boundaries. It draws thousands of people and has garnered a popular reputation as New York’s best small fair, offering a wide variety of 4-H judging, parades, rides, food, entertainment, a livestock auction and much more.
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Similar planning is underway for the Orleans County 4-H Fair, set for July 26 to 31.The fair is currently set to include its traditional livestock shows, kids exhibits and dinners, along with the annual livestock auction. Other popular attractions, such as the midway and rides, will be decided once state guidance is received.



“We’re in a limbo right now,” said Executive Director Robert Batt of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County. “We’re committed to the minimum, but hoping for the maximum ... As soon as the state drops guidance and we can talk to our health department about knowing what we’ll need to do.” But vendors are expressing interest and preparations are already underway on the midway.

As of May 5, plans for the Genesee County Fair called for the Draft Horse Show to take place on July 23, with the fair itself running July 24 to 31. The announcement came as plans remain touch-and-go for fairs statewide — the lack of state guidance being a key issue amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



Elsewhere, the Chautauqua County Fair, which had been set to begin July 18, was canceled last week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the pending guidance during an appearance Wednesday in Buffalo. As the COVID-19 positivity rate decreases, planners have been increasing the allowable capacity. Those factors — public safety and making a profit — remain practical concerns, including for the expansive highly-popular Erie County Fair.


“It’s not dragging your feet,” Cuomo said. “It’s that the situation changes so quickly we want to open at the greatest capacity and at a capacity that makes it economic. If you can’t bring in enough people, then the vendors don’t want to show up. “And that has been a problem,” he said. “ We could not say to the vendors we can get you ‘X’ percent capacity and the vendors have said to us if we cant get ‘X’ percent we’re not coming. As our positivity rate has come down we have been increasing the capacity.” Increasing capacity makes an attraction more economically viable, he said.


“That’s true in baseball that’s true in music theaters that’s true for Broadway,” he said. “If you can’t increase the capacity to their economic threshold, it doesn’t work. Up until now for many venues we’ve been below the economic threshold they have said, “If I can only have 25% people I can’t open. I don’t have enough people to make it economically viable.”


Given current COVID-19 positivity and death rates, Cuomo said, he believes the state can make opening economically viable for any venue, including fairs. Vaccination will be another key.




“If I’m a stadium owner, or I’m an arena owner, or if I’m a county fair, I say, ‘Look, I can get more people if I increase the percentage of vaccinated.” 


If 100 percent of the people at a venue are vaccinated, it basically has full capacity, he said, using baseball as an example.




“Well, we only have 50% of the people vaccinated right now and you don’t want to say only vaccinated people go to the gam. But as that vaccine number goes up and you have a larger vaccinated population you’re going to get closer and closer to 100% (capacity).”



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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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