continued “We wanted to honor the firemen and emergency service volunteers throughout the county,” Rand said. “It’s our way to thank those who are on call to protect us 24-7. We hope that they will come to the fair and enjoy the day and relax on us.”
As part of the firemen and EMS day, the fair’s dedication for 2012 will be to the members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad.
“We want to thank them for their continuous service throughout fair week each and every year,” Rand said. “They have quite a responsibility here, and we are very appreciative of everything that they do from being here manning the First Aid Station to working the day of the demolition derby and other events. We could not put on the fair we do without them.”
Back to the fair for 2012 will be the opening night grandstand show, the Haulin’ Jink Rollover contest. Earlier in the day, the annual harness racing card will be held with music between races provided by the Upstate New Yorkers.
Grandstand shows will also include the street legal truck pull Aug. 9, the annual Egglefield Ford Demolition Derby Aug. 11, with the tractor pulls on the horse track and the Essex County Idol competition on the south lawn area Aug. 12.
Other returning features include the baby animal barn, Bubbles and More with Jeff Boyer, petting zoo, Sawdog the Chainsaw Carver and the sugarhouse.
In Floral Hall, there will be exhibits and juried items, along with the return of the Duffer Borden collection of fair memorabilia.
“That was quite popular last year,” Rand said. “There are a lot of interesting pieces that are part of the exhibit.”
The fair will continue to offer $10 admission to the fair, which will include the cost of rides, parking and most shows, according to Rand.
The carload day will be Thursday, Aug. 9, where admission will be $25 from 3 until 9 p.m. for all those who can legally fit into a car (also includes carnival rides).
For more information on the 164th Essex County Fair, visit the website essexcountyfair.org.