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WDKX.com » Blog » Legislature Votes To Move Fair
Jun 12th 2013 6:30 am
Legislature Votes To Move Fair

Rochester, N.Y.--The Monroe County Fair is on the move to Northampton Park in Ogden.

County Legislators voted 20-9 in favor of a measure that would allow Monroe County to accept a $500,000 gift from the Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association, which is a private entity.

The money would go toward construction of outdoor grounds for a horse corral and tractor pull at the park.

The meeting lasted nearly six full hours. For the bulk of the first two hours, people of Ogden spoke about the plan to move the fair from Henrietta.

Most people were against the idea because of the potential environmental impact it would have, frustration over what they said was not enough public vetting, and potential impact on area traffic near Northampton Park.

A handful of children spoke at the meeting, many of them in the 4H agricultural club.

The majority of 4H children said that the fair's move would help it return to its roots as an event based on agriculture, as opposed to the carnival-style event some felt it had become.

Republican Majority Leader Steven Tucciarello addressed Monroe County Park's director Larry Staub for nearly ninety minutes.

Staub discussed what he called "misconceptions" built up by media outlets or those who were uninformed on the particulars of the proposed new fairground site.

The new fair would be geared toward children, said Staub.

He added that if the Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association does not have the money to carry out its plans, construction will not take place.

Democrats questioned their opponent, before lawmakers entered executive session. Following the session, democrats attempted to have the matter tabled. That plan was voted down. Just before midnight, a roll call vote was taken.

A citizen's group that is against use of Northampton park for the fair said it will pursue legal actions to stop development at the park.

The 2013 Monroe County Fair is tentatively scheduled to take place August 1st-4th.

Source:Wham13