WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Preparation was underway Monday for the Jefferson County Fair in Watertown.
Last minute judging of artwork, exhibits and crafts were being finished in Exhibition Hall, while outside, large trucks pulled carnival rides, and food vendors set up shop.
“By the time we leave tonight, most everything will be done,” said Jefferson County Agriculture Society President and longtime organizer Bob Simpson.
He says this event takes more than a year to plan, but it’s all worth it when he sees the happiness it brings the community.
“I just like seeing everybody here enjoying themselves and having a good time, and, you know, seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces. And you know everyone’s having a great time,” he said.
And this year, the fair celebrates a new record.
“This is the 202nd Jefferson County Fair,” said Simpson.
That’s 202 years of fair foods, carnival rides, and farm animals.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Michaela Stephens, who owns chickens.
“My friends call it my Christmas because it’s like my favorite time of year. It’s just really important to me. It’s been a huge part of me growing up is just making memories at the county fair,” she said.
The county fair that brings caramel corn maker Vernon Phillips, who’s been spreading joy to Jefferson County every July for the past 14 years.
He’s looking forward to the week ahead.
“We’ll be open and we will have fresh corn made daily and the smell will be in the air. You just cant miss it,” said Phillips.
7 News will have Jefferson County Fair coverage this week online and on our air.