Jefferson County Fair officials unsure it will get go-ahead for July run

Kids play a game at the Jefferson County Fair in Watertown in July 2018. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — Robert D. Simpson still hopes that the 203rd version of the Jefferson County Fair happens.

The fair president hasn’t given up that the fair will be held this July. He’s waiting to hear whether the state lifts a ban of gatherings caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s up to the politicians,” he said Tuesday.

All the planning has been done for the fair scheduled for July 7 through July 12 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Reithoffer Shows would be back to handle the midway. And all the entertainment has been arranged.

Mr. Simpson was on a teleconference call on Thursday with the New York State Association of Fairs. At this point, the state association said all the fairs — including St. Lawrence and Lewis counties — in the state are going on as scheduled, unless the state ends up saying no, Mr. Simpson said.

“We’ve got 12 weeks or so to find out,” he said.

The Jefferson County fair is billed as the longest consecutively-running fair in the nation.

The fair is still looking for vendors to set up booths at the event.

Several other local summer events have already canceled, including the July Fourth concert in Thompson Park, the Dairy Parade and the first two block parties along Public Square.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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