A longstanding tradition has ended.  The Rochester Fair will not open this year.

No cotton candy, no caramel apples, no sounds of children riding the Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel.

Fosters reports that fair officials met this morning and made the decision to cease operations this year.

Along with declining attendance in recent years, the fairgrounds and buildings are said to be in need of repair. Employees even offered to work the fair for free, but to no avail.

The Rochester Fair has been in operation for over 140 years. It had taken place over 10 days in September.