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Otsego County Fair returns for 2021 fun
Two kids on one of the rides at the Otsego County Fair. (Contributed)

Otsego County Fair returns for 2021 fun
Fair to feature demolition derby, tractor pull

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

After a year off because of COVID, the Otsego County Fair is back for 2021 with almost a whole week’s worth of events.

The Fair, which takes place between Tuesday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 8, will feature events including
the demolition derby, a rodeo, a magician, a tractor pull show, harness racing and many other attractions.

The fair has an average yearly attendance of 30,000 people. This will be the 75th year of the fair.
Fair manager Lisa Jones said in spite of the difficulties of last year and the pandemic, the 2021 Fair will proceed as normal.

Otsego Fair To Host Sensory-Friendly ‘Think Differently’ Day

Otsego Fair Hosting

Sensory-Friendly Day

To ‘Think Differently’ 

Otsego County Fair staff members Kelly Darragh and Joe Kolka sport the Think Differently shirts the staff will wear on Wednesday, a day dedicated to helping people with sensory sensitivities enjoy the fair.

MORRIS – Lisa Jones, manager, Otsego County Fair, wants to make sure everyone can enjoy the fun.

“During our annual meeting in Rochester, I heard about a fair that turned off their lights and sounds for people who have sensory sensitivities, and I knew we had to do it here,” she said. “I immediately brought it back to our board, and they agreed.”

On Wednesday, July 31, the fair will host their first “Think Differently Day,” where, from noon – 2 p.m., the midway will refrain from using music and sound, lights and overhead sound – including announcements – to make the fair more accessible to people with sensory sensitivities.

“I think this is a really cool thing that we’re able to do,” said Jones.

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