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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Grahamsville Little World's Fair celebrates 140 years

By Nyssa Calkin - reporter/photographer

Local woodcarver Eric Polick putting the starting touches on a new piece. His band of bears carvings (inset) were a fairgoer favorite.
Competing festivities in the county and rainstorms didn't put a damper on this year's 140th Annual Grahamsville Little World's Fair. The event hosted the same enjoyable atmosphere as always with an estimated 10,000 attendees.
There were plenty of food and craft vendors to choose from. At the main ring were equine contests, canine shows, tug of war, an antique car show, and more. The center stage held musical acts as well as the fourth annual watermelon eating contest and as always, the rides were a main attraction, especially for young visitors.
Overseen by club leaders and Cornell Cooperative Extension, the livestock barn was kept in impressive order mostly by hard working dedicated 4H youth members and offered an opportunity to meet a variety of animals from sheep and rabbits to poultry, cows, and more.

Returning each year in mid- August, the Grahamsville Little World's Fair is the longest running independent fair in the state and is hosted by the Neversink Agricultural Society.
“The fair went very well this year, the rain held off on Friday and Sunday, and the rain didn't keep fairgoers away on Saturday,” said Nicole Gorr, who serves on the fair's board of directors. “We had new rides this year, the watermelon eating competition sponsored by Gilmore's Melons was a huge hit (the four-time champion in the men's division was overthrown on Saturday), we had new entertainment on the main stage for the kids (Mad Science) and we had the Flying High Dogs in the main ring throughout the weekend which the kids also loved.
“Tug-of-war on Saturday went very well, both the men's and women's winners were part of the Sullivan Correctional Facility teams,” Gorr continued. “We had lots of new vendors this year (and therefore lots of delicious fair food) and we can't wait to have them all back next year! Our 140th Anniversary limited edition tie-dye t-shirts were a huge hit, and we just about sold out of them. We're already preparing for the 2020 Grahamsville Fair, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

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