In an effort to bring some sunshine and happiness to everyone, a committee of members from NYSAAF and NYSSA worked together to bringthe county fair to the virtual world. They brainstormed about all of the best parts of the county fair – and then planned how to bring them into the homes of families across New York State. There were nights with live musical performances, as well as local DJs hosting dance parties. Events for young and old included coloring contests, treasure hunts, an I-Spy game, and virtual talent show. Members of 4-H were involved through sharing videos of their animals, as well as the community sharing pictures of their sheep, goats, pigs, and more! There was a motor sports weekend, where people were challenged to build their own race car and cherished memories of demolition derby videos were shared. To make the virtual county fair even more memorable, there was a spectacular, live fireworks show!
Showmen and fair boards donated admission tickets, coupons for fair foods, family ride passes, and beloved fair prizes to participating families.And during a time of darkness and unknown, there was a glimmer of sunshine brought to people by the New York State virtual county fair.