HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Herkimer County Fair is back but vendors tell us they are still feeling the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will never recover from the year that we lost that’s just not possible but we’re here ready to pickup where we left off and go forward with it,” said Mary Joe Vincent owner and operator of Greek Feast Lemonade.
Last year’s cancellation was a unique experience for many long-time vendors like Gary Andrews who has been in the business for 51 years. Andrews was not expecting this change in pattern. However, he feels that the crowds so far this year feel back to normal.
“I think people were tired of being at home cooped up and when the weather has permitted the crowds have been tremendous. So, I think we have had a better year this year per say than usual,” said Andrews
Unfortunately, some vendors were not able to return this year after the closure. For first time vendors like Nick Acquino this allowed them to get their foot in the door.
“This is our first season in the fair business and so far so good its been really nice and people really interested and wanting to get out of the house. they wanna live their lives again. this is a great way for families to do so,” said Nick.
The Herkimer County Fair is open until august 22nd.