North Country Sen. Ritchie: State budget supports future of county and youth fairs
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, says the new state budget includes $5 million for upgrades to county and youth fairs to attract more visitors, enhance agriculture education and support local economies.

This funding was included in Sen. Ritchie’s “Growing Strong” plan for New York Agriculture.

Ritchie represents the 48th Senate District. Its northern reaches include Ogdensburg, Canton and Gouverneur. It goes as far south as Oswego County.

“Every year, millions of New Yorkers visit their local fair to be entertained, and learn more about agriculture and where their food comes from,” said Ritchie who also serves as Senate Agriculture Committee Chair. “These fairs highlight New York’s leading industry and help people recognize the need to support our hardworking farm families.”

New York State has 52 fairs eligible for funding, including the Erie County fair, which draws 1.2 million visitors a year, and the three county fairs in Senator Ritchie’s district, Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, which draw tens of thousands of visitors annually, and have each been operating for more than 160 years.