BATAVIA — The Genesee County Fair will hopefully be back to normal this year, with the Draft Horse Show before the start of the fair and a number of events planned for the days following, a county Agricultural Society representative told the Human Services Committee Monday.
Right now, said Agricultural Society Treasurer Norm Pimm, the Draft Horse Show is scheduled for July 23. The fair itself would run from July 24-31.
“It will be the largest draft horse show, outside the New York State Fair, in the state, so looking forward to that,” he said.
July 24 would be the Empire Classic, a sheep show.
“It brings in kids from surrounding counties, a little bit farther out, too — a lot of (Genesee) county participants,” Pimm said. “Last year, we had maybe over 70 kids participate in that event alone, There is Open Beef Show on the 25th of July, along with Open Swine Show.”
Monday through Saturday, July 26-31, would be all Genesee County 4-H shows featuring different clubs.
Pimm said sponsors contributed money and the Agricultural Society felt it should help the county out last year by not using any county money budgeted for the fair.
“We could definitely use it this year and it will be put to really good use,” he said.
The fair itself was canceled in 2020, but Pimm noted that there was some activity last year.
“We were one of the few county fairs that still moved forward, had some youth shows,” Pimm said. “We had a really good turnout.”
Pimm said 2020’s shows were smaller shows than the ones before them, but added, “We still had some pretty good participants. We also had to follow a bunch of the guidelines. I feel we did a pretty nice job with that.”
Currently, Pimm said, there are 238 youth members of 4-H across 23 clubs in Genesee County. There are also 68 adult volunteers helping out with running the clubs.
“As of right now, with the fair itself, we’re still awaiting some guidance from the state as far as what to do as far as the midway and what it would look like, the layout,” he said. “We’re going to try our best to move forward with a full fair. If not, we might have to do what we did last year, which is a scaled-back version, but still leave shows.”
Following the departmental report on the Ag Society, the Human Services Committee voted to support a proposed 2021 contract to pay $11,000 toward 4-H judging expenses and 4-H premiums. The proposal will need the approval of the Legislature.