A talent show warms up the crowd for the opening day of the Lewis County Fair | arts and entertainment
LOWVILLE — The talent show didn’t have to rival the roar of tractor engines at the Lewis County Fairgrounds this year.
This is because the organizers decided to host the annual talent competition on the eve of the 200th edition of the fair’s opening day.
“We usually fight with tractor pull for sound because they happen at the same time,” said Lewis County Fairground Manager Rachel Lisk.
The talent show has been moved to Monday ahead of the opening ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday. It has been moved from inside to outside on the bandstand to let attendees shine without other events causing potential disruption and for more space due to COVID-19 guidelines during the staging phase. fair planning.
“If it went well, we hope to make it a regular thing,” the fair manager added.
The changes paid off as more than 100 people came to watch the talent show, which featured dancing, singing, and musical instrument accompaniment.
There were 26 different acts by Lewis County residents under the age of 18. The event was judged by first-time judge Sarah Amelio and returning judges Michelle Smiley and Becky Kelly. The three judges ended up awarding first place overall to Hannah Raymond, the dairy princess of Lewis County, who performed a ballet.
There were winners split between the 12-and-under and 13-and-over age brackets. There were also categories for every type of talent, from ballet and jazz dance to vocal performance and musical theatre.
As for 26 years, the popular cheese auction will officially open the fair on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the cattle show ring.
Wheels and blocks of sharp cheddar, Muenster, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Gouda, chocolate cheese, maple and bacon cheddar, 10-year-old cheddar and assorted assortments are some of the cheeses up for grabs this year to benefit from the local FFA and 4-H Clubs as well as a number of scholarships, projects and programs focusing on dairy products.
At 12:30 p.m., the New York Sire Stakes harness races will take place in the grandstand, free to all who wish to attend.
The annual parade will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a “huge fireworks display”, the biggest ever, according to Ms Lisk.
Ticketed grandstand events include the Wednesday Night Truck Draw, Thursday Night Tractor Draw and Saturday Night Demolition Derby.
“Spinning Wheels will be doing the demo derby again this year because we had nothing but good feedback on what they did in 2019, the last time they did it,” Ms Lisk said.
Performers on the free second stage and around the fair throughout the week include TJ the Magician who does a traveling show as well as a stage show, the Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean wire act and Arcy , a spray paint muralist who will create a new mural every day at the playground in front of the stable.
Arcy has held live mural events around the world since 2015, according to her website.
“Normally we have two free acts, but we have decided to extend it this year,” Ms Lisk said. “During the day we will be holding our garden and field tractor exhibits, which are very popular with farmers, and this year we are having a daily scavenger hunt around the exhibit grounds and through all the buildings.”
The scavenger hunt list can be picked up at the information booth, and anyone who completes the form with all the required information will be entered to win a $200 prize.
To commemorate the 200th edition, a fair museum will be located under the grandstand with photos and historical artifacts, and Ms Lisk encourages everyone to stop by.
While no COVID-related restrictions are in place, precautions like wiping down golf carts more frequently, hand sanitizer and masks will be available, and signs will be posted asking people who have not been vaccinated to mask up as recommended by the guidelines.
The County Public Health Department will also be available for one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines for anyone interested.
For more information on the week’s events and agricultural competitions and to purchase grandstand event tickets, visit the fair’s website at lewiscountyfair.org or call 315-376-8333.
Staff reporter Julie Abbass contributed to this report.