SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – With summer fair season quickly approaching, Lackawanna County commissioners are tired of not having something their own county fair to promote.
With neighboring counties like Wayne County, Wyoming County and Luzerne County all having their own fairs, Lackawanna County is now in the process of deciding whether to start its own fair.
Thirteen people have been chosen for a new committee to look into the idea and determine if its feasible.
“How many times do we hear, there’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to do? If you fill your calendar up with events like this you don’t need to leave the area!” committee member Chris DiMattio said.
The committee will look into whether there’s enough vendor and business support as well as try to come up with a location and time to hold it.
They will also look into whether a non-profit should run a county fair.
At age 26, Jess Meoni of West Scranton will be the youngest member on the committee.
“I know that a lot of people my age would love to volunteer for something like this even if they’re not on the task force, they’d probably love to get involved,” Meoni said.
Years ago there used to a country fair in the Moscow-area but it was never officially a “county fair.”
It was located on land behind what is now the North Pocono Middle School and people still remember it.
“It was a good spirit of the summer and people waited for it!” Armand Fiorani of Moscow said.
Fiorani supports the idea of starting a new Lackawanna County fair.
“I think it’s a great idea. We have it in the surrounding areas, why not here in Lackawanna County?” Fiorani said.
Commissioners hope the committee will finish its work in about eight months.
“I think it’s a winner but it’s a matter of the committee bringing back the information and showing us that it can be a winner,” Commissioner Patrick O’Malley said.
If the idea is found to be a winner, the first summer season that could possibly hold a Lackawanna County fair would be the summer of 2018.
Members of the new committee which will be formally approved Wednesday include:
Corey Susz, Former President of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair
Attorney Armand Olivetti
Edward Staback, Former State Representative
Ronald Williams, Former PA Northeast Regional Director of Agriculture
Mike Taluto, PennDOT Safety Press Officer
Jim Rodway, Lackawanna County’s Director of Community Relations
Donna Grey, Luzerne County Fair 4H Chair
Chris DiMattio, LaFesta Italiana President
Jess Meoni, Graphic Designer
Marc Gaughan, Former Director of the Moscow Country Fair
Sherry Pritchyk, Fundraiser and Event Planner
Terry Schettini, Penn State Cooperative Extension Administrator
Robert Noldy, Harford Fair volunteer