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Summer fair days are here

PENN YAN—Great weather and scores of activities are in place for the annual Yates County Fair this week. The event, which opened Tuesday July 13, is one of the few remaining owner-operated fairs in New York State.
Tradition will be at the heart of the site on Old Route 14A just east of Penn Yan as youngsters from 4-H clubs all over the county bring in projects they have worked on for months to be judged. Food is also an essential at fairs. The fair began Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Dresden Methodist Church has been operating their food operation for decades and next door, the 4-H Dairy Bar offers cold ice cream treats for their customers as well as providing great training for the young volunteers. Other traditional fair food vendors will round out the culinary offerings.
Another tradition at the fair is the midway. Rides will be open from 4 until 11 p.m. with purchase of a $10 bracelet giving the wearer access to the rides. Friday is kids day and half price bracelets will be available for kids from 1 until 4 p.m. There will also be a raffle for the young fair attendees.
This year, in addition to traditional activities, more musical performances are scheduled.
Music is being emphasized this year, particularly on Thursday when the Martin Family Band will offer two performances at 4 and 7:30 p.m. followed by popular area band Ruby Shooz at 8 p.m. and a Rock Band competition at 9 p.m.
The track will be busy during the week as well. Thursday’s feature will be an Antique Tractor competition at 7:30 p.m. Friday a Tractor Pull will begin at 6 p.m. and the Demolition Derby will begin Saturday at 6 p.m.
Free acts all week include Rosaire’s Royal Racer, the racing pigs that have been a feature of the fair for several years. The Eudora Farms Petting Zoo will also be at the fair all week. Several performances have been scheduled for one of the new features; Todd Keene and The Power Team. They will present mini shows at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. as well as a special appearance in the Show Barn on Friday. Faith Steps Training Demonstration is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Admission to the fair is $6. Children age two and under are admitted free.

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