Some familiar sights and sounds have returned to the Tioga County fair. Officials say it's a sign the area is bouncing back after the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee ravaged the Southern Tier in 2011. Even though visitors can expect to see a full show, YNN's Crystal Cranmore says more work still needs to be done.
OWEGO, N.Y. -- While taking a stroll at the Tioga County Fair, it may look like nothing has changed. Not only are the vendors ready to serve…
“There are rides now!” said Morgan Scamanas.
The midway has been cleared since Tropical Storm Lee hit the area in 2011, making way for the carnival atmosphere that's become a tradition in the county.
“This year, you’re seeing a regular fair with the midway, food vendors. We'll have tractor pulls, demolition derby, the full show,” said Bill Needham, the president of the Tioga County Agricultural Society.
But it was quite a different picture last year. During the storm, the fairgrounds lost two horse barns and an office trailer. The flood damage caused officials to downsize the fair. People were forced to avoid the midway and the track.
“Two years ago, this youth building that we are standing next to was greatly affected by the flood. We had 12 feet of water in building and we lost our kitchen which we use for fundraising,” said Autumn Lavine, 4-H County Educator.
Even though the fairgrounds has come a long way in repairs, more work still needs to be done. Including building permanent stalls for horses, like Rebel.
“There needs to be some repairs done that we haven’t gotten to yet. We're looking to build another horse barn,” said Needham.
The Tioga County Agricultural Society says repairs also need to be done to the track before horse racing returns to the fair. They hope to have that completed by next year.