NORWICH – The long wait is finally over as the 166th Chenango County Fair springs to life today. Although few events well be held during the afternoon, many agree the real beginning to the fair is the popular 4-H and Fireperson’s Parade, rolling out at 7 p.m. And at the head of the parade? This year’s Mr. and Mrs. Chenango County, who after little debate were selected as David and Virginia Law. The Laws, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, have been involved in the fair in one way, shape or form for as long as memory serves.
“I first started when I was in sixth grade working with the horses,” said David, who added that – when he was just a teen – he would volunteer to help work the fair rides and set them up, just so he could have money to ride them. Later, he started working for the fair as a clown and further down the road was involved through his role as president of the Norwich Fire Department.
“He joined the fire department out of high school before we were married, it was something he inherited from his father who was a paid fireman,” said Virginia. “I think he has held every office there except for the chief.”