Wampsville, NY (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- Would you like to win $100, $500? It's easy. Come to the 170th Madison County Fair in July and follow the clues to find one of the four "170th Madison County Fair medallions" that will be hidden on the Madison County Fair Grounds in Brookfield.
The 170th Madison County Fair runs from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12 in Brookfield, N.Y. Several weeks before the fair, clues will appear in local papers, on WMCR Radio, and will also be put on the County Historian's web site at htpp://www.madisoncountyhistorian.org. Fair goers will also receive a program when they enter the fairgrounds that will contain clues to the location of the medallions.
Each medallion will be inscribed with the appropriate date and the words "170th Madison County Fair." The medallion for Thursday, July 9th, Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12 are worth $100 each. The medallion for Saturday, July 11 is worth $500. All medallions will remain on site during the FAIR until they are found.
County Historian Mary Messere noted that "this year's fair has taken a page form the past, offering exhibits and entertainment that are more in line with days of old when people traveled by horse and wagon to enjoy a fun filled day with their friends and neighbors. There is a feeling of excitement in the air as fair organizers have come together each week to report on the progress that is being made and to put plans together for this historic anniversary. The Madison County Fair is one of the oldest county fairs in the country!"
The fair will kick off with the Opening Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Fireman's Pushball and a 5k run to benefit the Community Action mentoring program.
Friday, July 10th is Senior Citizen Day which promises to be an exciting one with the Madison County Ag Show in the Main Events Tent with a "Focus on Fiber Fair", a farmer's market, a small engine antique show, a youth horse show and at the Grandstand a "pony pull" also on tap at the fairgrounds.
Youth and History Day will be celebrated on Saturday, July 11 and the $500 medallion will be placed. The Main Events Tent will be taken over by the youth groups of Madison County with hands on and interactive exhibits and shows on stage. Saturday is also history Day and at 1 pm Fred Morsell portraying Frederick Douglass, orator and abolitionist, will be delivering the speech delivered by Dougass and unveiling a NYS Historic Marker.
In 1856, Frederick Douglass spoke at the Madison County Fair and drew a crowd of 12,000. "My goal for the 170th anniversary of the Madison County Fair is to match the 1856 attendance record!" said Messere. "With your help I know we can do it!"
"The schedule for Saturday, July 11 offers something for everyone including the Focus on Fiber Fair, Small Antique Engine show, a Postal Cancellation, a Chicken Bar Barbecue, Demolition Derby and Fireworks!"
There will be entertainment every day - with bands. Kids Bucks Show, Two by Two Zoo, Pickles the clown and more. So help Madison County make history! Mark your calendar for July 9 - 12 and "Come to the Fair!"