Washington County Fair organizers scrambled to get it ready in time

Big Sky Country performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the fair.
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Big Sky Country performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the fair.

When the Washington County Fair kicked off earlier this week, things were looking stormy.

“We thought we were going to get hit with a hurricane and we ended up having beautiful weather so I would say that’s a victory,” said Rebecca Breese, who co-manages the fair.

Billed as New York’s number one agricultural fair, the Washington County Fair runs through Sunday on the sprawling fairgrounds on Old Schuylerville Road in Greenwich.

Since last year, organizers have had to weather a few storms. They had to cancel the fair in 2020 because of the pandemic, though they were able to hold Fantastic Food Truck Corrals so that people could still get traditional fair foods.

This year, after receiving a green light to hold the fair from former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May, organizers scrambled to get the fair ready in time.

“We usually spend over a year [planning]. We had to pull everything together very quickly and even when the governor said that we could have a fair he wasn’t very clear as to what the rules were going to be. So it was a lot of guessing, estimating [and] having to quickly pivot,” Breese said.

The line-up for the rest of the week and through the weekend is packed with longtime fair traditions like circus acts, tractor pulls, animal shows and live music. There are daily Circus Incredible Shows, as well as Hot Dog Pig Races. Big Sky Country will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Skeeter Creek takes the stage at the same time on Saturday.

New this year, there will be a Fair Week Food Truck Corral 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, featuring Ty Tacaria and Screaming Eagle on the former day and Millers BBQ on the latter. Also new this year are shows with Hot Diggity Dog, a rescue pig and dog show.

When it comes to safety precautions, Breese said that organizers took advantage of the fairground’s 90-acre property and spread out the vendor booths and widened the walkways.

There are also handwashing stations throughout the fairgrounds. Non-vaccinated fairgoers are asked to wear masks.

“We always had good attendance. We’re really lucky that we’ve been supported by the community so we’re just really excited to have 100% higher attendance than we did last year,” Breese said.

“There’s a lot of great food, a lot of great entertainment. You’re just going to have to check it out and come see it.”

The fair is open from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. The carnival is open from noon – 11 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and noon – 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 daily for adults, free for kids ages 13 and under. A week pass is $36. For the full schedule and hours visit washingtoncountyfair.com.

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