Local businesses, agencies showcased at fair

NORWICH – Tucked away behind the Entertainment Tent, in the shadow of the whirling amusement rides, is one of the Chenango County Fair’s best kept secrets: the Exhibition Hall.

This week the structure, which adjoins Floral Hall, is filled with local agencies, non-profits and businesses all keen to show off their products and services.

There are both old and new faces among the booths this year. One of the newest being the Christian Neighborhood Center or, as it is more commonly known, The Place.

“We’re really hoping to increase visibility for families here in the community,” explained Kobie Decker. The director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chenango County was on hand yesterday to set up the booth she will share with others from The Place over the next five days.

“We have a lot for kids,” Decker said, of the many programs offered by The Place for youth ranging from pre-Kindergarten age to 21.

They are hoping to get the word out by attracting families to their booth with a number of craft projects. While parents get information on available programs, kids can make bookmarks, pipe-cleaner creations and, with the guidance of Americorps Program Coordinator Cara Sefchick, rain gauges.

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