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County Fairs Promote Sense of Community & Boost Local Tourism

By Brian Kolb

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Across New York state, we have many county fairs, festivals, and events taking place this summer, and the Finger Lakes Region is no exception. County fairs, in particular, are a big draw to some communities and help local businesses with economic growth and exposure, particularly in the agri-tourism sector.

 I invite you and your family, maybe even family visiting from out of state, to check out [the county fair in your area.] These long-running events are designed to encourage fair-goers to have fun, learn something new, and enjoy the opportunities offered.

Steeped in tradition, fairs promise fun for visitors of all ages

Each summer, generations of fair-goers, vendors, organizers, and exhibitors gather for more than 50 county fairs across the state. [They are held primarily in July and August].

From one end of the state to another, county fairs showcase local agriculture and businesses, and the impact they have on state and local tourism and economic development. Daily programs and events are also available to promote community involvement and enhance visitors’ connections with the county and region. Additionally, fairs offer wholesome family entertainment, a wide variety of food and delectable treats, rides, games, and an eclectic assortment of vendors and artisans.

 The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs offers a complete listing of county fairs at: http://www.nyfairs.org/Fairsbydate.htm.

Stand with farmers, support one of the state’s top industries

 Agriculture is the one of the state’s leading industries and I can’t think of a better way to show support for our farmers than to visit a county fair to learn more about their impact on our daily lives. From raising livestock to producing fruits and vegetables and harvesting grains, the state’s more than 35,000 farms are integral to our way of life and our ability to provide wholesome food for our families, as well as to those across the state and nation.

 The hard-working men, women, and families of the farming and agriculture industry are part of what make our state great. I am proud to say that the Finger Lakes Region is home to some of the best farms in the country and it has been a privilege to meet and serve the men and women who have worked to make the region world-class.

Please join me in celebrating and thanking those who have dedicated their lives to sustaining this vital industry. This weekend and this summer, put on your walking shoes, pack up the family and head to a county fair near you for a fun-filled and educational experience.        

Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C–Canandaigua), a former small-business owner, is the New York Assembly Minority Leader and represents the 131st Assembly District, which encompasses all of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County. Contact him at kolbb@nyassembly.gov

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