The Otsego County Fair kicked off in Morris Tuesday with horse racing and a parade.
There is a full week of events scheduled, and it is not too late to go and get some of those favorite carnival foods, see the animals catch a demolition derby or truck pull or enjoy free everyday attractions.
Audrianna Ericson of Mount Vision said going to the fair is a family tradition.
“I’ve been going with my family since I was 3 monthsold, and I’m now 22 and still enjoy every second of it,” she said.
Ericson said it is her one week off during the summer.
“This year I’m looking forward to a fun-filled week between the demolition derby and helping out in the rabbit barn,” she said. “I love to go to all the different activities in the grand stands such as the demo, rodeo and, in the past, the stunt drivers. I like to watch the talent show and love the fireworks on the first night.”
Ericson has a car painted in black and pink ready to participate in the Total Destruction Demolition Derby tonight. This will be her second year participating.
“I love hanging out with friends and family getting the cars ready,” she said. “To be honest, that’s my favorite part of it. I’m only out on the track for a few seconds, but I wouldn’t trade the couple weeks before the demo for anything.”
Thrill seeking was not why Ericson began smashing cars for fun.
“I got started doing the demo after a family member totaled my car,” she said. “My brother runs as well, so I got talked into it.”
Another passion of Ericson’s is showing rabbits.
“I’ve been raising and showing rabbits since I was 9, and I would consider it a hobby of mine. I raise them year-round and travel to shows with my mom,” she said.
Ericson said she also loves fair food.
“My favorite foods are C&C subs and fries. I absolutely love fair fries,” she said.
An online poll on the fair’s Facebook page shows that the No. 1 food choice by visitors is fried dough.
Blacksmith Gary Davis eats breakfast at the maple syrup building every morning and loves “Uncle Bud’s” fries, according to his wife, Theresa.
The couple, who reside in Arizona and come to Hartwick for the summers, have been vending at the fair for five years.
“Gary, born and raised in Arizona, has cowboyed his whole life,” Theresa said. “He shod his own horses and made his own shoes most of his life.”
Now Gary is retired, he enjoys the creative side of blacksmithing. He does his work on a propane and a coal forge and will have one of his small coal forges at the fair again.
“He makes indoor and outdoor, functional and decorative, items,” Theresa said. “I always tell people ‘provide dimensions and design’ and he can make it.”
Theresa said she and her husband both enjoy the fair every year.
“We meet a lot of nice people that appreciate his talents at this lost art,” she said. “We plan to do the demonstrations at least twice everyday mid morning (as soon as enough people are at the fair) and then again in the early evening .... and whenever we have a crowd request. We will have it announced before hand so people will know.”
Julene Waffle of Laurens said her boys enjoy a lot of things about the fair. For example, she said they like the animals, the Rod and Gun fish and game center, the fireworks and parade, and eating cotton candy.
“They also enjoy looking at the old stock cars, especially the one their great grandfather Ken Moore had,” Waffle said.
Otsego County’s 4-H program will hold activities, events, and presentations throughout the week. Martin Hall will feature 4-H exhibits and animals will also be on exhibit in the barns or the nearby show rings.
Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, and Master Gardener programs will all have their demonstrations and displays in Floral Hall. The Agriculture program will have a display on starting a farm business in Otsego County. Family and Consumer Sciences will demonstrate how to make “Summer Thirst Quenchers” and will have samples of “Orange Banana Frosties” on Thursday at noon and on Friday at noon and 1 p.m. They will also have displays on nutrition and energy efficiency.
On Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Master Gardeners will demonstrate how to construct and garden with raised beds. There will be displays on home gardening and invasive species. Master Gardeners will also be in Floral Hall all week to answer gardening questions from the public.
Free entertainment will be provided throughout the week at the entertainment tent, the Kiddie Korner and the garage building. For schedules, visit http://www.jlknapp.com/otsegocofair/. Other free on grounds activities include Buffalo Barfield and “Un-Herd” of Entertainment, F & F production Hot Dog Pig Racing, Critter Crossing Chainsaw Art, Twin Maples Petting Farm and Pony Rides and Fritz Ann Farm Draft Horse and Pony Exhibit. Country singer Mark Wills will be giving a free show at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the entertainment tent.
The Gillette Show’s Pay-One-Price Rides will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today.
New this year, is a charity run for Lou Gehrig’s disease. A 5k run will begin at the fair grounds at 9 a.m. Saturday. People can register to run on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The cost is $20. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 entrants.
Rewards will be awarded to male and female first-, second- and third- place finisher in each of the age divisions.
Hartwick Field Days
is coming soon
The Hartwick Field Days will kick off on Aug. 10. It is a three-day event held at the Hartwick Ball Field and Pavilion on Wells Avenue. The event includes carnival rides, vendors, live bands, tractor pulls, a car show, hot air balloon rides, fireworks and more. For a schedule of events, visit townofhartwick.org.
Proceeds will benefit the Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 1.
Pride Days planned in Richfield Springs
The sixth annual Richfield Springs Pride Days will take place Friday to Sunday, Aug. 10 to 12, in Spring Park in Richfield Springs.
Food and rides will be available all day. The celebration will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
On Friday, DJ Red Hot ‘n Wild from will entertain from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday will feature community yard sales, sponsored by the Richfield Springs Lioness Club, and sidewalk sales, sponsored by the Richfield Springs Rotary Club from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A parade will step off from Elm Street at 5 p.m. The Nancy Kenyon Band will play from 7 to 9 p.m. in Spring Park.
On Sunday, a Brooks’ barbecue dinner drive through will take place starting at noon at the Church of Christ Uniting. A Chinese auction will also begin at noon in the Park Pavilion. Drawing will be at 5 p.m. There will also be 50/50 raffle.The Utica Zoo Mobile will be open from 1 to 3 p.m., and the sixth annual “We’ve got Talent” contest, will also take place from 1 to 3 p.m., with cash prizes to be awarded to the winner.
Proceeds will benefit the Richfield Springs Community Center. For more information, call the RSCC at (315) 858-3200 or visit www.richfieldzone.org.