The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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July 29, 2013

County fair wraps successful week

Medina Journal-Register — KNOWLESVILLE — By the time the Orleans County 4-H Fair ended Saturday, officials said attendance was on the “high average” side of things. Perhaps that is because of the Orleans County 4-H reputation, and how well it draws in fairgoers from outside the county.

One family, visiting from Genesee County, said the Orleans County location made it better than their home county’s.

“There’s more space and some higher quality barns here for the animals,” said Eric Towne, who was walking through one of the fair barns with his wife, Alissa, and their five children.

“We came here today because the kids are at an age where they can start showing animals, and we want them to look around and decide what they want to show,” Towne said. “Our oldest boy right now thinks he wants to show beef cattle, and our oldest girl wants to show goats.”

Another family walking around was Bryon Hoffman, who stopped by with his two sons. Hoffman, a Newfane resident, said Saturday’s visit to Knowlesville was his family’s first time at the Orleans County 4-H Fair.

“This one seems like is has a lot more things to offer,” he said. “There are more exhibits, and there is more here for the kids to do.”

Hoffman pointed to the Fair’s Midway, and the variety of rides and food, as examples of what he considered “better” in Orleans County. He said he has attend the Niagara County Fair for many years, but the Orleans County Fair made such a positive first impression that “I would definitely bring the boys back again.”

While visitors came from outside the county, so did 4-Hers. Claudia, 14, and A.J. Drechsel, 10, both of Elba, showed chickens and sheep. Some of their chickens went in Saturday’s market auction.

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