Cancellation of county fairs means lost revenue

On Monday, the Herkimer County Fair Board met to come up with ways to make up for the lost revenue, which they estimate to be around $250,000.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 9:30 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2020 11:06 PM

FRANKFORT, NY – Last week Governor Cuomo announced that all county fairs in New York state, including the Herkimer County Fair, would have to be canceled due to the coronavirus.

Meaning the fair, not to mention the surrounding communities, will take a large hit financially.

On Monday, the Herkimer County Fair Board met to come up with ways to make up for the lost revenue, which they estimate to be around $250,000.

Gerry Elthorp, the fair’s treasurer and manager, says that any ideas they come up with will have to be limited to 250 people and follow strict social distancing guidelines.

“We’re thinking about having some events like a small horse show. They would just come in and perform, then leave. Other events like flea markets, food truck rallies, and yard sales. Those are the types of events that we can have.”

Fair officials also announced that the theme for this year’s fair, which was supposed to be “Something Old, Something New – Forever Red, White & Blue” has now become the theme for the 2021 Herkimer County Fair.

They also announced that all of the entertainment that had been scheduled for this year, has agreed to come back for next year.

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