Allegany County Fair


It is near 100 degrees and high humidity but I’m happy to be sitting in the grandstand at the Allegany County fair in Angelica, New York. It’s my first visit here and I’m impressed with the quality of this small county fair. Fairs date back countless centuries and they are still important today. There are hundreds of folks here tonight. I have seen some familiar faces in the crowd. All of them are educators. Educators are people oriented folks and county fairs are a natural venue for them. There is a lot of teaching and learning going in here tonight. There are no high stakes tests and there are lots of smiles. There will be some tests at the rodeo tonight but everyone will enjoy them. I’m grateful to be here tonight.