DUNKIRK – One of Chautauqua County’s representatives in Albany is calling on New York State’s Health Department to release guidance that will allow county fairs to open this summer.
Senator Borrello questioned why guidance was issued for the New York State Fair, which will open this August, while local county fairs have been left out.
He says New York’s 55 county fairs are essential to the local economies they support.
In his Senate District alone, Borrello says the Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County fairs draw over 100,000 fairgoers each summer and generate almost $8 million in sales, benefiting local economies and boosting sales tax revenues.
“The county fairs support agricultural youth programs including 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and local livestock clubs,” said Borrello. “The future of New York farming and agriculture economy depends on these young farmers and ranchers and they depend on their local county fairs.”
The cancelation of the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk promoted Borrello’s letter to state health leaders.
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