Fairs Making Plans:
GLOW region Fairs aim to return,
await state guidance
“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.
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.
“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).”