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Erie County Fair gets some answers regarding state fair conflict

Posted at 8:04 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 20:05:10-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Organizers of the Erie County Fair met with the state fair and other county fairs Friday to discuss potential problems with a longer State Fair schedule.

Governor Cuomo recently announced a proposal that would extend the state fair from 13 days to 18 days in 2020. Nine fairs statewide would be affected by overlapping with the state fair.

Officials with the Erie County Fair say Friday's meeting lasted more than an hour. During the meeting, New York State Fair organizers agreed to work with everyone to ensure all exhibits and programs would start at the originally scheduled dates and not at the start of the expanded state fair. State fair officials also promised to work with county fairs and vendors on a "case by case" basis to resolve concession routing concerns.

One proposed solution would allow vendors who are normally set up at other fairs before the start of the New York State Fair to arrive after the state fair's opening date of August 21.

The 181st Erie County Fair kicks off August 12.