HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- After facing some uncertainty, the Chemung County Fair has announced they found a new midway vendor for rides.  The fair said in a FaceBook post on May 15th, the contract they signed with Syracuse based "Wheelock Rides" was null and void because the company went out of business.  This left the board in a pinch to find a new vendor, and they announced Saturday night they found a new company for rides.

"Our board really didn't give up on it, so we're really happy to announce that we've signed a contract with SwikaS Amusements for the 2024 Chemung County Fair, and it's going to be huge," said Matt Bryant, a Chemung County Agricultural Society board member.

Bryant says the the board searched for days to find a replacement on short notice.  He said they were told about Wheelock the last week of April, leaving just under two months until the fair.

"It was difficult. With the help of all the board members searching and looking, and with some of our other folks and friends and the contacts that we made throughout the phone calls, we contacted over 25 different ride vendors," said Bryant.  "We basically found out that everybody talks to everybody, and they're all out there to help us."

Bryant said they were in contact with SwikaS Amusements initially, as they are the ride vendor for the Troy Fair, but they were not available at the time.  He credits organizers of the Troy Fair for help securing a new contract on short notice, and says SwikaS Amusements is aiming to make the Chemung County Fair their New York premiere event.

"We're in the initial stages of talking about rides, but they've guaranteed us at this point in time that they're going to have the 90-foot drop tower, which is one of the largest portable drop towers on the East Coast. That's definitely going to be here," added Bryant.

Bryant says the change in rides is going hand-in-hand with the changes coming to the fair, like reduced ticket prices and moving from a six day fair to four days.

"Sometimes blessings come in disguise. We couldn't have asked for a better relationship that we've started to build with SwikaS, and the folks there are fantastic, so we're looking forward to an incredible fair, re-imagined," said Bryant.  "SwikaS is going to run their rides from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., so that's going to be fantastic."

The Chemung County Agricultural Society says they will release a list of rides on social media soon.  There is a meeting on May 30th at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds, and the new ride company will be in attendance.  Bryant said that meeting is open to the public should anyone like to attend.

This year's fair will run from July 31st to August 3rd.