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2016-08-10 / News

2016 Delaware County Fair Will See a Few Changes

By Tom Coddington


BETTER ACCESS — In the show barn, this handicapped accessible ramp has been added. 
T.W. Coddington/THE REPORTER BETTER ACCESS — In the show barn, this handicapped accessible ramp has been added. T.W. Coddington/THE REPORTER WALTON — In the interest of improvement, Delaware County Fair-goers will see some changes that have been made on the fairgrounds. Since the fair expands every year, open space is a problem.

Ed Rossley, president of the Delaware Valley Agricultural Society, which operates the fair, commented, “We always have a lot of requests for space.” Board members found the solution by adding a new road near the antique machinery barn. As a result, seven new vendors will have spaces on the north side of the grounds.

The new “Built to Lead” incentive will allow the New Agriculture and Markets to distribute $5 million for projects for infrastructure improvement grants. County fairs are encouraged to submit shovel-ready plans this fall. “We have put in our request already, and we have received our number,” Rossley stated.


SHUTTLE — The Delaware County Fair shuttles are all set to handle folks who don’t want to walk from the parking lot to the entrance gates at the fair. 
T.W. Coddington/THE REPORTER SHUTTLE — The Delaware County Fair shuttles are all set to handle folks who don’t want to walk from the parking lot to the entrance gates at the fair. T.W. Coddington/THE REPORTER He pointed out that this year’s theme is “Youth in Agriculture,” saying, “We are pushing for that, in hopes for the future.”

Rossley also advised that there will be no media luncheon this year. He remarked, “Most of them come just to be seen. They come for the luncheon and then leave, without seeing what else is going on at the fair.” We will be doing the Thomson awards business will be presented at their exhibits.”

Asked about the move of the parade from Tuesday evening to Sunday afternoon, which ruffled some feathers last year, he said, “It shouldn’t be a problem this year. Most of them accept it now.” This move also allows another event to be on the grandstand in the evening, which this year will be the King Action Sports FMX Stunt Show.


NEW ROAD FOR NEW VENDORS — This new road on the Delaware County Fairgrounds has been built and will accommodate seven new vendors. 
T.W. Coddington/THE REPORTER NEW ROAD FOR NEW VENDORS — This new road on the Delaware County Fairgrounds has been built and will accommodate seven new vendors. T.W. Coddington/THE REPORTER Rossley expresses thanks for the many volunteers that help make the fair a success. “They do all the little things that make things easier for us (the fair board), that make the fair what it is today,” he reiterated. “Without them, we would be scrambling around to get things done before the fair starts.”

The Delaware County Fair has a reputation in the state for being a premier agricultural fair and, he noted, “At least five other fairs’ (officials) are coming here to see what we are doing. We are having a lot of things here this year that we haven’t had before.

“We have more than 1,000 animals that the kids will be showing,” he added, “and the chickens are back,” he continued. “We are trying to get the milk that is produced here to be marketed, but there are lots of regulations to clear.”

He also reported that new benches are in the process of being built. Also new is a handicapped access in the show barn. All active military personnel will be admitted free all week. Tuesday will be “EMS and Firefighters Day,” and all EMS and firefighters will have free admission. There will be entertainment throughout the fair, with most of the acts being held in the entertainment court, which is sponsored this year by NBT Bank.

Norm Kilpatrick, a board member, talked about a new event, a hay hauling contest. “There will be teams of three who load 42 hay bales onto a truck, and then take them off, and putting them back where they started. If a bale gets broken, or falls in the process, there will be a penalty for that team. The rules and entry forms are on the fair website, delawarecountyfair.org, he advised. This activity will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Rossley concluded, “As always, we are hoping for good weather all week!”

Other members of the fair board, in addition to Rossley and Kilpatrick, are Roger Dibble, vice president; Jason Craig, secretary; Niles Wilson, treasurer; Kevin O’Brien, Cecil Davis, Jon Seely, Dan Hodges and Kevin Armstrong.

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