Remembering Fair President Harry O'Connor

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If you've been to the Lewis County Fair, you know all about the rides, the music, and the food.

But behind all the fun was the man who made it all come alive. Dr. Harry O'Connor who served as the President for 25 years, died from a heart attack in October.

"I just miss him walking around here. Just his presence, you just really miss that," said Brian O'Connor, his grandson.

"You always saw him in his coveralls except for fair week. He was in his fair hat and his white dress up, and he just loved the fair," said Haley Zicari, fair intern.

And now the Fair is doing its part to make sure Dr. Oconnor's passion  lives on.

His family members along with other volunteers are working to fix up the Horse Barn.

"One of the big things they put in new doors, and they put in sliding doors and those doors will be a lot safer for the fair goer. The old doors used to swing out," said Doug Hanno, Lewis County Fair President.

But it's not just the horse barn that got a facelift,  The improvements start from the moment you walk into the fair.

"We put all new fencing in. Put in a new Gazebo that was partially funded by the Northern New York Community Foundation," said Hanno.

The grandstand is just one of the many things that Dr. O'Connor was passionate about and that's why on Tuesday the Fair will dedicate it to him.

The Grandstand will be named The Harry P. O'Connor Grandstand, following the opening ceremony. Just one of the many things that will help his legacy live on.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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