By GIB SNYDER
It's official - the 128th Chautauqua County Fair is open.
A large boom from a cannon signaled the grand opening of the 2009 fair as fair officials, elected officials and interested citizens looked on Monday morning. Even though the fairgrounds had plenty of elbow room as folks came trickling in, a walk through the grounds provided a glimpse of what will be in store - good eats and drinks, rides, games, exhibits and people watching will all be part of it.
Young was asked if county fairs could be affected by the farm worker bill.
"There's a real push on in New York state right now to pass that legislation. I think it's the wrong thing to do," she said. "I think it would severely cripple our state economy because not only would it put our farms out of business but it would put food processors out of business, other spinoffs like equipment dealers, feed suppliers and so on. This is a very crucial time in New York state.
"We should be doing everything that we can to stimulate the economy, to get the economy back on track instead of having these crazy policies. So the fair is just one example of the things that we do right in New York state, the things that we do right in Chautauqua County. We ought to continue to work on doing the right things for the people of our state."
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