Festivals and events taking place in Monroe County — this weekend and over the summer months — are economic drivers for the area.
It’s the great food, art, and live music that keeps people coming back year after year to the Fairport Canal Days, which take place this weekend.
Scott Winner has helped coordinate this event for 12 years and he says all the preparation is worth it.
“The eleven months of work that goes into it culminates in one weekend,” said Scott Winner, executive director of the Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community. “It’s a spectacular thing.”
The Fairport Canal Days draws people from around Western New York.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says these summer events continue to be economic drivers for the region.
“The billion dollars we generate from tourism really helps with keeping property taxes in check,” said Dinolfo. “So that money is used for quality of life services that are provided by the County of Monroe. Services we all rely up on to keep the county valuable. “
Building beautiful walk ways and adding restaurants along the Erie Canal are just some of the things that are the result of the financial impact. The Town of Fairport did just that, which in turn became the back drop for the oldest festival in Monroe County.
” For over 40 years the village government and other agencies here in the community have worked to create the environment that is so capable of hosting an event,” said Winner. “We will get a 100,000 people a day coming through this festival.”
This year for the first time, Corning Museum of Glass will be exhibiting glass blowing on a barge in the Erie Canal starting with this weekend at the Fairport Canal Days.
“We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal this year,” said Director of Corning Museum of Glass Rob Cassetti, Sr. “This is beginning of the bicentennial period of the canal. We will be in Fairport and go to Seneca Falls, Rochester and then Syracuse at the end of the summer.”
When the Rochester community supports local events, people are not only having a good time but they are investing in home.
Another event to keep our eyes on — the USA Track and Field Championships will be held at SUNY Brockport next June. County officials say this event is likely to generate about $3 million for the county.