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Essex County to celebrate 165 years of fair

A new favorite, the supervisor’s milking contest, will be part of the opening ceremonies at the 165th Essex County Fair Wednesday, July 31.

A new favorite, the supervisor’s milking contest, will be part of the opening ceremonies at the 165th Essex County Fair Wednesday, July 31. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— There will be a daily bicycle drawing at 5:30 p.m. throughout the fair for a pair of bikes each day, along with the drawing for the fair’s $5,000 raffle prize on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m.

There are also several new ground shows at the fair, including Animal Tales and the Barnyard Cackle review.

The fair will host its opening ceremonies July 31 at the new cattle show ring, where the fair will honor Kathy Peck with this year’s dedication. There will be the official ribbon cutting to open the fair, along with the second year of the milking contest between members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, which has already been a topic of conversation at the Elizabethtown meetings.

“A year ago I was really embarrassed,” Westport Supervisor and fair board member Dan Connell said at last month’s DPW Committee meeting. “Mr. Marnell beat me in the milking contest and I really want to challenge him because I would like my title back. I held that for 10 years.”

“I will accept that challenge, but I want one thing clear that Dan’s up here in farm country and I don’t want him soliciting these barns and checking these (cows) out,” Marnell replied.

For more information on the 165th Essex County Fair, visit the website essexcountyfair.org.

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