Two students will work with the 2019 Ontario County Fair as part of the newly established George A. Payne Fund & Apprenticeship Program. The program awarded two youth the opportunity to work with George Payne at the 2019 Ontario County Fair.

CANANDAIGUA – Two students will work with the 2019 Ontario County Fair as part of the newly established George A. Payne Fund & Apprenticeship Program. The program awarded two youth the opportunity to work with George Payne at the 2019 Ontario County Fair.

Coby Reals of Clifton Springs will serve as the 2019 George A. Payne Apprentice and Avah Gladle of Stanley will serve as the 2019 George A. Payne Assistant.

“I began my involvement with the Ontario County Fair back in 1945 at the age of 16, and have enjoyed the friendships, teamwork, and camaraderie I’ve gained,” said George Payne, namesake for the George A. Payne Fund and Apprenticeship Program. “I know Coby and Avah will be strong leaders and I am looking forward to giving them the opportunity to gain organizational and interpersonal skills to help propel them toward a fulfilling career. The Ontario County Fair will continue for many more years thanks to the leadership of our next generation.”

The George A. Payne Fund and Apprenticeship Program honors the lifework of Ontario County Fair friend and colleague, George A. Payne, who has served the Ontario County Fair since 1945 (age 16) and continues to contribute to the successful running of Ontario County Fair even today.

Reals attends Midlakes High School, where he will enter twelfth grade this fall. He is an active participant in both his school and larger community. He enjoys planning events and volunteering, and especially enjoys helping with the Sauerkraut Festival in his hometown of Clifton Springs. Reals hopes that his role as Payne’s apprentice will help him grow his management skills and learn how to run larger festivals.

Gladle attends Marcus Whitman High School and has just completed tenth grade. She is a hard worker with a “can-do” attitude. The first year she attended the fair, she had just a few entries, but over the years, Gladle has challenged herself to learn and grow. She now cares for rabbits, turkeys, sheep, and recently earned enough money to purchase her first cow. She is active in the FFA and 4-H Club and has attended trainings at several area colleges and participated in the 2018 New York State Fair. Gladle hopes her role as Payne’s assistant will help her learn to run a fair from start to finish.

The Ontario County Fair runs from July 23 through 27 at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.ontariocountyfair.org.

The Ontario County Fair’s mission is to provide a leading venue for showcasing Ontario County agriculture, heritage and businesses that a “#1 agricultural county to live in” has to offer. Ontario County Fair will cultivate the next generation by providing programs that promote positive youth development and community education, as well as foster and grow the connection with Ontario County products along with offering wholesome family entertainment.