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Competition returns at the Boonville-Oneida County Fair

The Oneida County Fair may be entertaining for most of us, but there’s also a lot of competition with the animals.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 5:49 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2021 6:24 PM

BOONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Oneida County Fair is definitely a place you can learn about agriculture, but farmers also like to have their animals compete against each other. So what makes one animal better than another? Dairy Cattle Superintendent Joy Staring explains why beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

"Each judge has an ideal dairy cow in mind, so when we’re comparing each animal in a ring, they’re comparing it to that ideal animal that they have in mind," she said.

A good buzz cut is sure to dress up any cow, but Lowville Dairy Farmer Jonathan Staring explains how it also helps the judges make their decision.

"It will show you all their fine edges and it will kind of help hide some of the bad stuff. It’ll help show her detail. How dairy she is," he said.

You don’t have to be a farmer to compete. Young horses are able to strut their stuff during harness racing, and maybe even one day make it big. Jimmy Whittemore is a Driver for Whittemore Stable. He says fairs like this give the young horses a chance to get noticed. 

"Fairs like this are important because it gives like a… somebody with not that much money able to make money with their babies, and in order for the people breeding them to get their horses sold," said Whittemore. "You know it’s just another outlet for people to make money."

There’s also a competition to sell horse-power. The fair offers retailers an opportunity to sell all kinds of outdoor power equipment. Hammer & Wrench, LLC Co-Partner Shawn Marino came to the fair hoping to generate some sales for not only farmers, but anyone interested in what he has to offer. 

"Well you hope to do well. You know it all comes down to the equipment you have or don’t have. So you just bring as much paperwork, knowledge you got to the table and you know hopefully that sells."

The racing pigs are back for some competition, and there’s a new BMX Bike show this year that’s sure to draw out the party animals.

For a full listing of what’s going on at the Boonville Fair just click here.

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