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Thursday night marked opening of Virtual Oneida County Fair

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The 2020 Oneida County Fair is officially opened on Thursday, but there's a catch. It's all virtual.

Due to COVID-19, there won't be rides or carnival games at the fair, but instead the county will be hosting daily event's and contests on their Facebook page.

"We are really trying to do the best we can with what we've been served this year with the pandemic," said Fair Coordinator Tom Barnett. "I think that the community will get behind us on this and just understand that we're doing this for fun."

It may not be a conventional fair, but the organizers hope the community will still enjoy joy it.

"We want everybody to have a good time. Let us take our minds off of all the worries of the world for just a little while every time we post something," said Barnett. "Let's just think of the good time that are still ahead of us."

While it may not be the fair people are used to, organizers still believe it will receive tremendous support.

"We feel that the support that we've had from the regular fair will carry over onto this virtual fair," said Oneida County Fair Committee President, Fred Andrist. "It's not going to be the same, it'll be different, but it'll be just as good in a lot of respects."

The Oneida County Fair will run from July 9- August 28.

You can check the Oneida County Fair Facebook page for more information on events and local fair food offerings.

Alex Stewart

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