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Otsego County Fair

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 4

Fabulous Car Show And Brownies

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FABULOUS FRIDAY – 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a Car Show by Wahl to Wahl Auto and delicious brownies by the Oneonta History Center ($1.50/brownie). Main Street, Oneonta. Call (607)432-2941 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontafabulousfridays/

CARRIAGE HOUSE ART STUDIO EXHIBIT – 5-8 p.m. Opening reception for the art show exhibiting the pieces created in the camps and classes of the art studio. CANO, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call (607)432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/art-exhibit-carriage-house-art-studio/?instance_id=796

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

County Fair Continues

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OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. Gates. Buildings open 10 a.m. Thursday features tractor pulls, western horse shows, other livestock shows including sheep, rabbit, cow, and more. Also various demonstrations and activities for everyone. Open to 9 p.m. Admission, $5. Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. Visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

ARTISTS PANEL – 5 p.m. Ashley Norwood Cooper and Tracy Helgeson, moderated by Robert Seward, discuss their works in the Homeland art show. Free admission. Reservations recommended. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Call (607)547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Create Apple Appliques

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WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP – 1-3 p.m. Try a new activity in a small group setting with a knowledgeable instructor. This week, create an appliqued apple block with Debby Clough. Reservations required. The Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox ave., Oneonta. Call (607)287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/wednesday-workshops-2017/

PICNIC – 6-7 p.m. Meet the local firefighters and enjoy a submarine sandwich, swing at a pinata, and check out the trucks and gadgets used by the firefighters. Registration required. Huntington Park, Oneonta. hmloneonta.org/calendar/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 1

Opening Day At

The Otsego County Fair

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OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. Gates. Buildings open 10 a.m. Open to 9 p.m. Adimission $1 for the first day only. Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. Visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Tour the historic property of the Emmons Farm with the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Begins at The Farmhouse at emmons restaurant, 5649 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or email info.Oneonta History.org or visit www.oneontahistory.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 31

Kick Off Water Safety Week

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WATER SAFETY – 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free class where kids can learn how to be safe around water. Week long event for kids. Wilber Park Pool, Oneonta. www.oneontaymca.org

K-9 PRESENTATION – 7-8:15 p.m. The State Police K-9 unit present on how the dogs are trained to help police in their work. Bring your own blanket and lawn chair. Cooperstown Village Library Lawn. www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown

Pirates At The Top Of Otsego County Fair
SENSATIONAL MURCIAS PERFORM DAILY

New At County Fair:

Highwire Dare Devils

If you are looking for a new attraction at the Otsego County Fair this year, look no further than The Sensational Murcias present The Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean. This swashbuckling high wire show will be wowing fair goes for free during the whole week. Hailing from Colombia, Walter Murcias, sons Alexander and Andreas, and wife Victoria, star as a band of misfits who volley for possession of a treasure map while preforming death-defying aerial acts for your viewing pleasure!(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
New at the Otsego County Fair this year:  The Sensational Murcias present “The Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean,” a swashbuckling high wire show will be wowing fairgoers daily for free during the whole week.  Hailing from Colombia, Walter Murcias, sons Alexander and Andreas, and wife Victoria, star as a band of misfits who volley for possession of a treasure map while preforming death-defying aerial acts for your viewing pleasure.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Nelson Shaw, 72; C&W Stars At Fair Pampered Him

IN MEMORIAM: Nelson Shaw, 72;

C&W Stars At Fair Pampered Him

MORRIS – Nelson Shaw Jr., 72, an Otsego County Fair groundskeeper who was a favorite of Minnie Pearl, Loretta Lynn and other country stars who played here over the decades, died April 1, 2016, at the Chestnut Park Nursing Home in Oneonta.

The son of Ruth (Sickler) and Nelson Shaw, Sr., Nelson was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Oneonta.  He attended Morris Central School and was a longtime member of the Butternut Valley Grange.

Deep-Fried Pop Tarts Savory, But Not For The Faint Of Heart

AllOTSEGO EXCLUSIVE • THE FAIR FOODIE

Deep-Fried Pop Tarts Savory,

But Not For The Faint Of Heart

By LIBBY CUDMORE • allotsego.com

Reporter Libby Cudmore, allotsego.com's Fair Foodie, prepares to dive into a Deep-Fried Pop Tart.  (Chris Thorington for allotsego.com)
Reporter Libby Cudmore, allotsego.com’s Fair Foodie, prepares to dive into a Deep-Fried Pop Tart. (Chris Thorington for allotsego.com)

 

Yummy!
Yummy!

MORRIS – For some, the Otsego County Fair is all about the rides.  For others, the games, the chance to win a giant plush tiger or a ribbon for the best cow.

For me, this week, it’s all about the food.  I’ve always been fascinated by fair food, the seemingly endless variety of deep-fried deliciousness, the kind of foods we would never think about eating but for one week a year.

And this week, I will try all of them.

My friend Chris joined me on my inaugural adventure in midway dining. We took a stroll down the food section of the midway, past the games and rides, breathing in the scent of sautéed onions and pulled pork and French fries.

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