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  • Boonville-Oneida County Fair kicks-off this week

  • The Boonville-Oneida County Fair is “moo"vin’ and groovin’ its way to a great start this year.

    The fair started July 23 and runs through July 29 with the theme of putting emphasis on the area’s dairy industry.

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  • The Boonville-Oneida County Fair is “moo"vin’ and groovin’ its way to a great start this year.
    The fair started July 23 and runs through July 29 with the theme of putting emphasis on the area’s dairy industry.
    “When you walk around you’ll see lots of people wearing cow prints,” said Dianne Hendrickson, fair office manager and director.
    Some of this year’s events include a talent show, a poultry show, dog demonstrations, a sheep show, a spelling bee, a kiddie tractor pull, livestock and dairy challenges and several 4-H events.
    An Oriskany Falls family brought their sheep in for one of the 4-H events. Linda Williams, mother of four, said all of her children are in 4-H and raise sheep for wool and meat. She said the 4-H program has helped her children with not only agriculture skills but also with confidence and professional and personal development.
    “They started doing this for fun,” Williams said. “Actually, a lot of people think 4-H is about animals and living on the farm, but it’s not. There’s 4-H clubs that are sewing, cooking, fishing, woodworking and they do some automotive things. It’s not just agriculture. They love it. They do public speaking with their demonstrations, so that helps them later in life for job interviews and  things like that.”
    The fair is in its 124th year and averages about 50,000 visitors every year. Fair organizers are hoping  that a host of new exhibits will keep folks coming this year.
    “We have a new free show called Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind-Tigers. Our petting has been upgraded. We have several new vendors. We have a new monster truck show coming in on Saturday,” Hendrickson said. “And of course, we have our good oldies the tractor pulls, the truck pulls and the demolition derbies.”

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