FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a walk through the City of the Hills Art and Music Festival and the Sidewalk Sale. Main St., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/CANOneonta/
FISHING DERBY – 4-5 p.m. Free “catch and release” fishing competition for children. Bring your own pole, bait/lures, and a clean bucket. Includes refreshments for participants and families. Enter a raffle by the Susquehanna Bass Association. Hodges Pond, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0680 or visit oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/fishing-derby/
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/
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/
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/
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
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
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.
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.