A Muted Vermont State Fair Due to Storm Aftermath

Posted by jcashman

Courtesy of Associated Press

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — With donation cans at the gates, a FEMA booth in one of the barns, and fewer people and exhibits than hoped for, the 166th Vermont state Fair is under way in Rutland, dampened by the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

Some farm exhibitors have canceled and vendors from flood-stricken communities won’t be at the fair, which continues to Sept. 11.

Fair officials say attendance was off slightly on Friday’s opening night, due to the continuing recovery from the storm’s flooding and damages.

Fair manager Richard Rivers said a brook that runs through the fairgrounds turned into a lake during the height of Sunday’s flooding and forced the removal of a petting zoo tent.

American Red Cross donation cans were at all the gates Saturday, and Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives were on hand.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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