Life is Fair again in Genesee

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsGenesee County Agricultural Society President Amanda Gallo and Rose Topolski and Nick O’Geen, co-fair managers, cut the ribbon for the Genesee County Fair on Thursday afternoon.

BATAVIA — Genesee County went from a “county unfair,” last year to a county fair this year, as County Fair Co-manager Rose Topolski said Thursday afternoon.

With the fair back to the traditional, in-person event people are familiar with, it was decided that a ribbon-cutting at the county Fairgrounds was in order. The fair itself will officially run from Saturday to Saturday, July 24-31.

The fair’s other co-manager, Nick O’Geen said this year’s fair would be a return to normal.

“We have a midway Tuesday through Saturday. We have a Demolition Derby Friday night (July 30) at 7 o’clock,” O’Geen said. “We have a big Draft Horse Show that starts tomorrow (today) at 5:30, continues Saturday at noon.”

There will be stock car racing both Saturdays, July 24 and 31.

“We’re expecting between 1,000 and 1,200 animals to be on the property during the entire week between 4-H and Open Class shows,” he said. “We have tons of fair food, pretty much all the fair favorites — pretty much, every aspect of (the) fair will be here again this year.”

“You’ve been cooped up long enough. It’s time to come out and have some fair fun,” O’Geen’s suggestion was to the public.

Genesee County Fair Ribbon Cutting on Thursday July 22, 2021.

Last year’s absence of the fair was the first time the county missed the event in 180 years. This year is the 181st, Topolski said.

“We’re kind of excited that at least we’re able to afford the opportunity for all the children and fair-goers to be able to come here and enjoy the fair food and all it has to offer,” she said.

Among the entertainment Topolski said the fair would have when it starts includes pig racers, kangaroos, Niagara Down Under, pony rides.

“We have a lot of the vendors that are already moving in, even though we really don’t officially start until Saturday,” Topolski said. We’re kind of excited that it’s all happening at this point in time.”

Those planning the fair saw the glass half full when getting ready.

“We actually kind of planned it all along, hoping restrictions would be lifted and we’d be able to go 100%,” O’Geen said. “Everybody jumped in (with) both feet and we got it done in about a month’s time.”

As to the July 24-31 fair dates, O’Geen said, “Every fourth year, every county fair in New York is pushed back one week.”

“It’s something to do with the calendar year,” he said.

The price to go to the fair? — $10 a carload, O’Geen said.

“Everybody in the car gets in for $10 — anybody that fits in the vehicle,” he said.

Are people ready to go back to the fairgrounds after being away for so long due to the pandemic?

“Based on the response we’ve seen on Facebook, through emails, phone calls, everybody’s been blowing up and people want to be here,” O’Geen said. “We’re expecting it to be a big year.”

Topolski reminded people to visit for all the activities scheduled.

“We’re kind of excited about all the vendors that are able to be here,” she said.

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