New York State announced $5 million awarded to county fairs, part of a $20 million program started in 2016 that aims to support infrastructure and boost agriculture.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Our county and local fairs provide a great community gathering space and an opportunity for fair goers to directly connect with our farmers and producers to learn about agriculture. This infusion of funding for our local fairs is leading to the completion of many important fairground improvement projects across the state, which is helping our fairs to remain vibrant, better showcase the agricultural industry, and provide a better overall experience for fair goers.”
The funding can be used to upgrade facilities.
Broome County benefited from the first three rounds of the program back in 2016.
Repairs and upgrades to the Broome County Fair include:
replaced the existing concrete block walls with poured concrete walls
installed a new all-steel roof in the manure storage facility
invested in and installed a new 400-amp service to the cattle barns
constructed an Agricultural Discovery Center to introduce fair goers to agriculture and educate them on the process of getting a product from the field to the supermarket shelf