The Niagara County Fair has always had a progressive approach to entertaining fairgoers.
But this annual event, which opens Wednesday, Aug. 3, for a five-day run on the fairgrounds in Lockport, also differs from others, says Linda Conlin of the Niagara County Fair Committee.
It is not a "commercial fair," she says, but instead extends the mission of its promoting organization -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County -- to better the community by furthering environmental, local and health research and education. According to Conlin, these help influence the fair's own mission of providing a "family affair where everything is family appropriate and enjoyable for all."
The fair's entertainment offerings include traditional favorites, such as rides, food, fireworks and games, but also "eclectic" ones that appeal to Niagara County residents, Conlin says.