Some changes and new performers featured at the fair this week
KNOWLESVILLE – While maintaining the traditions which bring visitors back to the fair year after year, it is also important to introduce new ideas and be willing to change, said Robert Batt, director of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
This year’s fair, which opened Monday, is a perfect example of old and new.
One new thing was restructuring the food court to make room for an eating tent.
“We have moved the food booths in order to have a tent with picnic tables to make it easier for families to eat,” Batt said.
New entertainment this year includes Circus Incredible, featuring Simon Arestov and Lyric Wallenda of the famed Wallenda family.
Entertaining for the first time is Lew-E the Clown, a clown with world-class credentials.
A kangaroo and exotic animal exhibit are also new, as is ball bowling in the Lartz Building. A businessman in the Western New York area, who makes miniature bowling alleys, has brought one to the fair.
An old favorite, karaoke, has a new spin this year – it takes place every night, with contestants vying for a $1,000 prize in the finals on Saturday.
Batt just learned on Monday that yet another new act called “Little John” would be at the fair, beginning Wednesday. Little John demonstrates how to make brooms using natural materials.
With all the new features, there are still plenty of old favorites to delight fair goers – the animal exhibits, 4-H entries in the Trolley Building, amusement rides on the midway, small fry tractor pulls, featured meals in the pavilion Wednesday through Saturday (including the very popular Cornell Cooperative Extension chicken barbecue on Thursday), Friday night fireworks and nightly greased pole competitions, concluding with the championships on Saturday.
While Batt admitted opening day is always hectic, he said it was wonderful to be in charge.
“I hope there are at least three 4-H youth here today who will grow up and come back to do what I’m doing,” he said.