Is the sun setting on the North Country’s tradition of county fairs? Photo of Essex County’s fairground in Westport courtesy of Susan Waters.
It’s a big tradition this time of year: harness racing, cotton candy, smash-up derbies, tractor pulls. But some local government leaders are questioning whether county fairs are still worth the time, money and hassle.
“I am under the impression that it was not a successful fair,” [North Elba town supervisor Roby] Politi said. “I just wonder whether the county fair is feasible with what is going on financially today.”
I’ll admit that I have kind of a soft spot for these events. But if counties can’t afford nursing homes for their seniors, maybe they can’t afford to maintain big fair grounds and pavilions either? As always, your comments welcome.