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Youth Fair enjoyed by public despite wet weather

WARRENSBURG Regardless of day-long light rain Saturday, hundreds of young people and spectators attended the Warren County Youth Fair and enjoyed some new activities, fair organizer John Bowe said. Attendance was lower than expectations for the 135th annual county fair, but it was in line with recent years, Bowe said. Despite the constant drizzle, we had quite a few youths participating and others attending, he said, noting that Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, his employer, did not have attendance figures because people entered from various gates. Children and adults enjoyed various fair attractions, Bowe said, which included target practice with a rifle that shoots a laser beam instead of bullets. The demonstration was sponsored by the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, which teaches safe and proper use of firearms and is run by Bob Schupp and Kenyon Simpson of Bolton, as well as Walt Monroe of Lake George. The instructors were present at the demonstration, providing gun-handling fundamentals and shooting instruction. A pig was exhibited for the first time in recent years. It was provided by the Schroon Lake Explorers 4-H Club, primarily composed of home-schooled children. This group, Bowe said, is planning next year to bring a steer and a calf. Youth entries of culinary creations, craft items, photographic art and vegetables, were up 50 percent from last year, Bowe said. The rain didnt substantially reduce the turnout for these exhibits, he said. One memorable exhibit showing exceptional ability, Bowe said, was a quilt created by two girls from Chestertown Laura and Morgan Tennyson. The annual, ever-popular youth talent show featured 13 participants, with several advancing to the New York State Fair Talent Show in a few weeks. Winning spectator approval at the fair was the all-youth rock group Center of Detention of Glens Falls. Bowe said the audience enjoyed the southern rock and contemporary alternative music that the group is known for. Law enforcement representatives were also well received, Bowe said. A State Police canine officer demonstrated the dogs investigative skills, and two motorcycle patrol officers of the Warren County Sheriffs Dept. showed off their Harley-Davidsons and talked about their work. Bowe said that although rain may have blunted attendance, it was ideal for the horses in the 4-H horse show. The horse people loved the rain because it kept their horses cool, he said, noting the equestrian show had full participation with 15 horses and 21 riders. Bowe expressed appreciation to the fairs premier donor this year, the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition which donated $2,500 jointly with its subsidiary, Warren County Reality Check. Their sponsorship was granted with the stipulation that no smoking would occur on the fairgrounds during the event. Bowe said fairgoers complied politely, lighting up only in a remote parking lot. New attractions this year included a mobile forestry museum called Ways of the Woods. This interactive museum showcased humans interaction with the forest through history, focusing on the northeastern U.S. Also enjoyed, Bowe said, were adventure-based games for children, emphasizing team building in fulfilling various challenges. Bowe said children and adults involved in presenting the fair were enthusiastic about seeing the 135-year tradition not only continue, but grow in years to come. Weve already started talking about new attractions and activities for next year, he said.

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