162nd Annual Chenango County Fair opens today

NORWICH – More than 40,000 visitors are expected at the fairgrounds this week as the Chenango County Agricultural Society kicks off the 162nd Annual Chenango County Fair.

Steeped in the area’s rich agricultural heritage and complete with plenty of midway rides, funnel cake and cotton candy, there is no other local event quite like it. The six-day exposition will feature everything from amusement rides, games and food vendors to live music, 4-H livestock competitions, equine events, agricultural exhibits, a motorcycle stunt show, a fireman’s parade, tractor pulls, demolition derbies and more.

According to Mary Weidman, president of the Chenango County Agricultural Society, the fair is something that people look forward to every year. Given the current state of the economy, she said she is actually anticipating a higher than average turnout this year as some families have foregone their usual vacation plans in favor of staying closer to home.

“It’s very inexpensive entertainment,” Weidman explained, with admission to the fair $5 for adults, $3 for children between the ages of 6 and 17, and free for children 5 and under. Free parking is also available at the fairgrounds with paid admission, she added.

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