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Imagining the once and future fairs

This Labor Day Weekend was a little different at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham. In past years, like in 2018 (r) the fair takes place at the site with rides, livestock, the demolition derby and other events. In June, the Board of Directors of the Columbia County Agricultural Society, which runs the fair and maintains the fairgrounds, canceled what would have been the 180th consecutive county fair due to the Covid-19 pandemic and “limitations on social gathering and related mandates under the regulations which have been adopted by the state government,” according to a statement on the fair website. Last weekend on what would have been a peak attendance day at the originally scheduled fair, Danica Roth (l) from Valatie, rode her bike at the fairgrounds. She comes with her family to the fairgrounds often, where her mom says she can ride her bike and play a little bit more freely. Photos by David Lee
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