Big 6 4-H fair 2017

Samuel Ripley, 10, practices for the show with his calf at the 2017 Remember the Big 6 Picnic and 4-H Youth Country Fair.

Following a years-long breakup, the Cayuga County Fair is set to get back together this summer with the Remember the Big 6 Picnic and 4-H Youth Country Fair. But the set-up for the event is something that's going to take a little time to firmly establish, so we hope everyone involved is going to be willing to cooperate in the long-term planning.

One thing that needs to be worked out is a proposal before the Cayuga County Legislature for the construction of two or more open-air structures for use during the fair. But because the land in question is part of Emerson Park, any infrastructure changes are going to need to meld with the overall plans for the park as a whole.

Initial discussions this week indicated that the hopes of the fair might clash with the Emerson Park Master Plan, a long-term guide for the future of the park with considerations for a new walkway and bike path, and a new playground. Park planning also takes into account the number of trees on the grounds and how any changes might affect views of Owasco Lake.

But while county planners are right to consider the master plan with regard to the fair, it would be shortsighted for the county to block any proposals for changes that may not have previously been considered. Just because something isn't presently a part of the master plan doesn't automatically make it a bad idea.

We want Emerson Park to be managed wisely so that it can become the best resource it can possibly be. We also want to see the county's combined agricultural exposition become a sustainable success.

Both of those things are possible if people are willing to work collaboratively on long-range planning for long-range solutions.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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