We were pleased to see our change of location written about in the May 28th’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. We’re excited about this opportunity, and we hope you are too! County Parks Director Larry Staub addressed a couple concerns in the newspaper article, and we are working with his staff, the Ogden Police department, the Ogden Town Board, and other local agencies to minimize any possible impacts. Since the area is only very sparsely populated, we think the only negative impact might be the increased traffic and we are already working on plans to handle that.
We do wish the article had included more coverage about what a great opportunity this is! We look forward to helping the county parks department improve the small portion of the park we will be using to make it a good home for our fair and a more enjoyable and useful park for all county residents the rest of the year. Since it takes awhile to do due diligence and go through all the different county approval processes, this year we will only have time to put in the horse riding arena* and the solid earth base for the tractor and horse pulls. For anything that needs shelter this year, we are renting tents or housing a few things in the Northampton Ski Lodge.
Going forward, we do hope to build some three-season structures such as a few typical park lodges and some open-sided wood shelters for exhibitors such as the 4-H youth. We are working the county parks department on the design and layout of these potential structures so that they will be useful for both the fair and for park visitors the rest of the year.
We think we have a lot to offer through these park improvements, and by bringing the fair back to its focus on youth, agriculture, and community. We are really looking forward to all the changes this year, and we hope you will come visit us during the fair to check them out for yourself. See you at the fair!
*We’ve encountered some confusion, so we want to say that the fair only uses an outdoor horse arena. What we will be building is a wood fence around a prepared riding ground, not a big barn for an indoor arena.