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.
Warren County has been struggling to sell its old fairground in Warrensburg. And after a lackluster event this summer, Essex County offiials are also debating the future of the annual event in Westport. This from Denton Publications.
“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.