New York State Fair provides accessibility for everyone
The New York State Fair boasts an enjoyable day for everyone. And as YNN's Erin Clarke tells us, that includes those who have trouble getting around without assistance.
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NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- You would think that navigating through more than 300 acres and thousands of people at the New York State Fair would be difficult for people like Sandra Allen, and her mother Delores, 81. But, they say it is not that tough.
"That hardest thing is going up the hills going into the buildings," said Allen.
In fact, the entire fair is handicap accessible.
"We have a parking lot our near, between gates 10 and 11, and we have the tram out there to help individuals whether they be in a wheelchair or have limited mobility. We have a handicap accessible restrooms, ramps to get into buildings," explained Dan O'Hara, New York State Fair Director.
And at the main gate, and other places around the fairgrounds, there are vendors who cater to fairgoers who may need wheels.
"We're here to provide the mobility carts, otherwise known as scooters and then people bring their families and forget to bring their strollers, wagons. Like grandparents for example, and we're here with strollers and wagons, and also manual wheelchairs," noted Sue Kelly, Scootaround Special Events Coordinator.
Still, folks like Wayne Kellogg prefer to get around on their two feet, with a little bit of help. He said his fair experience has been just fine, but he does have a suggestion.
"Some of their steps going up don't have railings, and for someone with a can or something that loses their balance easily, it would be nice if one side had a railing," suggested Kellogg, a Liverpool resident.
But despite what Kellogg and the Allens say are minor issues, being at the fair is just as enjoyable for them as it is for anyone else.