Chautauqua County Fair Aims For A “Return To Normalcy” This Year

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DUNKIRK – Organizers behind the Chautauqua County Fair are releasing more information about the return of this year’s event.

Despite opening a day late, officials hope the event will look as normal as possible following the beloved tradition’s hiatus the past two years.

In 2020 and 2021, the fair was postponed due to the pandemic.

The gathering has only been shut down one other time, during World War II, when prisoners of war were housed at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk.

Chautauqua County Fair President Dave Wilson explained some of the changes this year, as well as the community’s initial response to news of the return.

“The big difference this year is that the rides are going to start on Tuesday, July 19th instead of Monday. It will be July 19th to 24th, which is the following Sunday,” Wilson said. “We’re all looking forward to it, I’ve had some good responses, people are excited. The fair’s coming back. I hope it works out well. I don’t foresee any hardships, but you never know.

With the demand for the fair to return, organizers say they are hoping to see an above average turnout this year.

As for purchasing tickets, and the full schedule, Wilson expects more information to be released to the public in early June.


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