Johnstown, Gloversville fair planned for August canceled

FILE – Keenan Starks and Orion Kribs perform at the Charles Jenner Memorial Bandshell in Johnstown in August 2020.

A fair that was supposed to span 4.5 miles from Johnstown to Gloversville, celebrating the history of the FJ&G railroad connection, has been canceled. 

Co-chair of the event Jessica Henry McClements announced the cancellation in an email to members of the Downtown Johnstown Business & Professional Association.

For the sake of ensuring that it is top notch and worthwhile for our community and its sponsors we have decided to postpone it,” she said. “This is for a number of reasons but mainly we are just not ready to produce an event on this scale. We need more time to produce it the right way. If you are a vendor or sponsor and have not heard anything yet please know that someone will be reaching out to you soon with refund or holding options.”

The event was anticipated to stretch from the Charles Jenner Memorial Bandshell in the city of Johnstown’s West Main Street Park to Trail Station Park in Gloversville. Between the two parks, there would have been events including live music — in a format known as “busting” — arts presentations, environmental educational events utilizing the Cayadutta Creek and historical tours of locations like Parkhurst Field located right off of the Rail Trail on Harrison Street. Hannahs had also previously mentioned trying to have a bike race as part of the event as well. 

Co-Chair and Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist James Hannahs said the date of the scheduled event–Aug. 13– conflicted with the Gloversville Railfest, which is in its 16th year. 

Because of that and the other events in the community, Hannahs said they were also having some trouble getting some other collaborative partners due to many organizations being at capacity with various events this summer.

Then to top it off Hannahs said he is leaving his position July 29.

All of the issues culminated in the cancellation of the event, Hannahs said.

“It’s sort of just a mammoth event to plan,” he said. 

However, he said the organizers will look at trying to loop the fair in with Railfest next year. 

By Shenandoah Briere

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