Orleans County 4-H Fair attendance topped 26,000
KNOWLESVILLE – The six-day run of the Orleans County 4-H Fair topped 26,000 people last week.
That is slightly below the attendance in 2021 but still made for a busy week at the fairgrounds. The attendance for the six days last week is estimated at 26,176. Last year it was estimated at 27,700.
The numbers are provided by Robert Batt, executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County.
Batt considers 25,000 a benchmark for a very successful fair. The weather was cooperative last week, except for rainstorms on Thursday morning and late afternoon. The temperatures weren’t too oppressively hot, either.
Orleans, which has its fair the fourth week in July, also finds itself in competition with Genesee County, which has moved its fair from the third week in July to the fourth week.
Genesee reported an attendance of 75,000 for its fair, which is way up from a dozen years ago when there were only 13,000, according to The Batavian.
Orleans has steady crowds all week, including on Thursday when there was some rain. Friday was the busiest day when the parking lots were at capacity and some people parked along Wood Road.
There were 43 exhibits in the Trolley Building that were picked to go to the State Fair. This is the first time the 4-H program will have exhibits at the State Fair since 2019.
“I thought it was a great week for our 4-H youth,” said Kristina Gabalski, the 4-H program coordinator. “They come together and support each other and help each other learn new things. Many challenged themselves and went outside their comfort zones by exhibiting in new areas and trying something new like the Iron Chef competition or helping in one of the food stands.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and give back to their community,” Gabalski said. “Their experiences at fair will help them be successful as they move on to college and careers.”