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County fairs can open, Jefferson County sets date

County fairs in the north country had to be called off last year because of COVID-19. It's...
County fairs in the north country had to be called off last year because of COVID-19. It's still not clear if they'll be back this year.(WWNY)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 12:36 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (WWNY) - County fairs are a go this summer.

That was among the reopening announcements Gov. Andrew Cuomo made in New York City Monday. County fairs were all shut down last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calling them “a big part of upstate New York,” the governor said county fairs “are all allowed to open up to the capacity of six-feet social distancing.”

Local departments of health will issue permits for fairs and the state Department of Health has to approve plans for events with over 5,000 people.

Private operators of fairs can set additional rules, as can local governments if the venue is government-owned.

Late Monday afternoon, organizers of the 205th Jefferson County Fair announced the fair will be held as

scheduled July 13 through July 18 at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.

The fair will include a full carnival midway by Reithoffer Shows as well as various vendors, exhibits and

entertainment.

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