Wednesday, July 7, 2021

New cattle barn will make debut:
Wyoming County Fair
Prepares for return in August


PIKE — As the region returns to a sense of normality, the return of traditional experiences comes with that, including county fairs. Wyoming County Fair is slated for Aug. 14 to 21 at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds. The fair, which has been postponed since 2019 due to the pandemic, is expected to bring the normal experience for fair lovers. Its associates have been busy since they last hosted the fair in 2019.

Following the commencement of the 2019 fair, through significant fundraising efforts, the construction of a new cattle barn has been underway. The barn — named the Volunteers Area — was constructed in the same location as the old barn. It will house dairy cattle, beef cattle, and goats.

The new show arena will have a new set of bleachers for patrons and serve as the location of the Fair Queen contest, talent show, and more. Thus far, fundraising efforts including a brick-drive have raised $200,000 with a need for an additional $153,000. Funds were used for constructing the building, cement, bleachers, a sound system and other expenses.

New to the fair in 2021, the parking fee will increase from $5 to $10 when parking at the fairgrounds. The increase in the parking fee will cover “all the premiums and improvements to the fairgrounds.” Pre-sale parking passes will be on sale at area banks within Wyoming County, the Wyoming County Fair Office, and at the Wyoming County Office for the Aging beginning July 12.

“With a year of everything being shut down, coming to the fair will be such a nice experience to share with friends and family this year,” said Barb Hopkins, Wyoming County Fair publicity director. For those vendors looking to participate in the fair, there is still commercial space available for vendors to rent. Interested vendors should call the Wyoming County Fair Office at (585) 969-0247.

The 2021 fair theme is “Focused on the Future.” The parades are scheduled to take place, both the Float Parade, slated for Monday during the fair, and the Fireman’s Parade, slated for Tuesday. Area businesses and 4-H clubs will decorate their themed floats and more.

“This year, due to COVID, those who are in the parades will not be able to throw anything, such as candy, to viewers during the parade,” Hopkins said. “Viewers are encouraged to leave space when seated. Those who attend with family members or a group are allowed to sit together.”

Children will have the chance to ride all rides for one price. Rides will be open to the public every day from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. For more information about the Wyoming County Fair, visit its Facebook page or call (585) 493-5626.

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