Otsego County Fair is underway

By Caroline Goggin

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM EDT

Morris, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Otsego County Fair kicked off Tuesday, launching what residents of Morris call “the best six days of summer.”

However, the fair is seeing an upgrade this year.

A new building created and launched on the fairgrounds will house a museum and retail shop.

The shop will be filled with various fair clothing and memorabilia.

"We were originally located in the grand stands and we just thought that it would attract more people if we were to have a bigger location," said county fair volunteer, Stephanie Antczaki.

It attracted more people in just its first day, as sales were higher on opening day than they have been in the past three years.

But, sales extend far past souvenirs.

Various items like dresses, jewelry, and ponchos are all up for sale, as are a wide variety of glasses.

"We just try to keep things priced reasonable for everybody,” said a sunglass vendor from Oneonta, Chris Mernilo. “We've been doing it for quite awhile and it takes a lot of time hunting down the styles."

In addition to vendors, many in the community will have the opportunity to do more than just spectate at the fair.

"It gives an opportunity for the younger people, and the local singers, to number one, challenge themselves,” said Northern Star Productions DJ, Jeff Wood. “And number two, it gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents for the community."

The Otsego County Fair is all about bringing together small communities once a year.

"There's nothing major going on so people like to come out, set up, and have a good time," added Mernilo.