County fair’s history detailed at luncheon

The annual Warren County Fair Media Luncheon took place on Monday, sponsored by the Warren County Visitors Bureau as it has been for the past six years.

The guest speaker was Andrew Lalwani, a 2014 Youngsville High School graduate and the Times Observer 2014 Student of the Year.

Lalwani brought a Power Point demonstration chronicling the history of the fair, which began in 1931 at the old Youngsville High School. He described how it moved to Island Park in Youngsville in 1935, and remained there until 1966 when the Route 6 bypass was built around Youngsville.

Since the bypass went through the fairgrounds, the fair was moved to its present location in Pittsfield and gradually over the years, facilities were added, including the 4H and Pomona Grange buildings, he said.

He explained how the fair queen contest started in 1987, and recently, the loss of the Cornplanter Pavilion to a heavy snow load in 2011 with the First Niagara Pavilion built, “just in time for the fair.”

Afterwards, Dave Wilcox noted how the fair wouldn’t be what it is today without the many volunteers and sponsors. When asked how many volunteers there are this year, he thought for a moment, shook his head, and said, “A lot.”

Board member Doris Labowski reminded the attendees that next year’s fair will be the eighty-fifth anniversary.

Dale Bliss added that there are still 100 tickets for the Tyler Farr performance Tuesday evening, and he was hoping for a sold-out concert.