The society purchased 27 acres on the southern limits of the village, not far from today’s Cooperstown Central School. For many years the fair was a financial success, but in the late 1920s and early ‘30s, income fell far behind expenses. The property was sold in a foreclosure sale. The last fair held in Cooperstown was from Sept. 7 to 10 in 1931. There were briefly no exhibitions until relocating to Morris for the new permanent home.
As for Watson, his successes with fairs were many. He died and was buried in Port Kent. The tombstone is inscribed, “Father of the County Fair.”
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