Work Continues for Fair Vendors and Staff

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The Great New York State Fair wrapped up its final day Monday. Many people took the holiday to make it to the last day. However, for some working the full two weeks, this is only the beginning. 

George Bernard, General Manager for Jack’s Fries, a food vendor at the fair, has been traveling from venue to venue since January. At this point, he said he’s exhausted.

“Tired, aggravated, but it’s all a part of the business,” Barnard said. 

Though the fair closed at nine p.m., most vendors work through the early morning to pack up. Yet, that’s not the end of many of their trips. 

“We work whatever it is if it’s 17 days, 13 days, 21 days, you know. We do what we gotta do,” Barnard said. 

Likewise, other fair staff have been running low on energy. 

“This is the day when you start to losing a little bit of adrenaline–you work we work beginning of August, most of us without a day off through the fair,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director of the New York State Fair. 

For the maintenance staff, Waffner said it only gets busier from here. 

“You know most of them haven’t slept very much and they’re still in it and their job gets even harder because they have to clean up the fairgrounds when all this, when the shows over,” Waffner said.

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