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Youth fair puts spotlight on kids’ talents

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    Anthony Fiducia/Columbia-Greene Media The Dakota Winegard Award being given to Margaret Carlson. Pictured (left to right) are Shianne Winegard, Amanada Terrell, Margaret Carlson and Matthew Hallenbeck.
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    Anthony Fiducia/Columbia-Greene Media The Peaceful Country Band preforming on Sunday during the fair.
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    Anthony Fiducia/Columbia-Greene Media Carl Kohrs (right) giving Emily Duncan (left) the Alfred Partridge Award.
August 4, 2017 06:33 pm

CAIRO — The 63rd Greene County Youth Fair at Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo ended Sunday with its last run of shows and activities, as well as awards to close it all out.

From Thursday through Sunday, the fair put a spotlight on the talents of local kids in the arenas of agriculture, raising animals, outdoor activities and more.

The festival is run every year by the Greene County Agricultural Society.

“We had a great weekend,” said Alex Johnk, president of the Greene County Agricultural Society. “The weather cooperated with us, everyone did their part. It all ran wonderful.”

Each year, the fair is the culmination of the work of many volunteers who pull it all together.

“I need to thank all of the volunteers that made this happen and the great group of exhibitors that we had,” Johnk said.

“We really made the county proud,” he added.

Children were given a variety of livestock and nonlivestock awards.

The Alfred Partridge Award is named after Alfred Partridge, who started the youth fair in around 1954, said Carl Kohrs, a member of the Greene County Youth Fair Board and member of the Greene County Agricultural Society. It is awarded to the person who has exhibits in the most animal classes.

This year’s winner of the Alfred Partridge Award was Emily Duncan.

An award in memory of Dakota W. Winegard, a young man who was special to the Greene County Youth Fair, is also given to the person who displayed great sportsmanship. Winegard died in a drowning accident Aug. 8, 2009, at the age of 17. A memorial award has been given in his honor at the Greene County Youth Fair ever since.

This year’s winner of the Dakota Winegard Award was Margaret Carlson.

The award was given to Carlson by the award’s three previous recipients: Shianne Winegard in 2014, Amanda Terrell in 2015 and Matthew Hallenbeck in 2016.

“There’s always something to do [at the fair],” said Jason Scanlon, of Nassau, who was visiting family in Greenville. “We’ve been coming here for about four years now — it’s great for the kids — the people are friendly.”

“Compared to bigger fairs, it’s good — you spend too much there — this is free,” Scanlon said.

“For a small town, this is a nice event for sure,” he added.

Trevor Armstead and his family, of Catskill, haven’t been to the fair in two years and said they have noticed improvements.

“There’s more animals, there’s a better turnout,” he said. “My favorite is the oxen, they’re awesome.”

“The animals events, like the goat obstacle course, were very interesting,” Armstead added.