Jefferson County Fair Opens For 200th Year

Jefferson County Fair Opens For 200th Year

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Tuesday marked opening day for the 200th running of the Jefferson County Fair - the oldest continuously operating fair in the country.

The fair takes place at the Alex Duffy fairgrounds off Coffeen Street in Watertown.

"I come here every year with my friends and my family comes back after the parade. It's really fun," said Madison Woods, one of the first day visitors.

This year, admission is free for the duration of the fair because of a donation by the F.X. Caprara auto dealerships.

"New rides, they've added new exhibits, they've added new entertainment, so hopefully there's something for everyone," said Pam Reed, who runs dairy and livestock at the fair. The fair has its roots in agriculture, and it's a chance for farmers to show off their livestock.

"From what people say when they go through, this is the main reason they like to come. They love the rides, but this is what they want to see," Reed said.

There are, of course, rides at the fair, along with all kinds of food. 

The fair runs through Sunday night. The fair opens at 9 AM, and ends of with a "Fire Magick" show at 9 PM, with fireworks Friday night.

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