Fourth annual Cortland Community Matters Fair scheduled in September (Sponsored Content)

An activity from the third annual Cortland Community Matters Fair in 2022. (Cortland Voice file photo).

The fourth annual Cortland Community Matters Fair will take place in the coming weeks.

Organized by area resident Apryl Beatty, this year’s free-of-charge fair is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at Suggett Park in the city of Cortland.

Beatty noted the fair will go on, rain or shine. Tents will be set up in case of inclement weather, she added. The fair will include over 30 vendors, Beatty said.

As the fair grows, Beatty said, activities have been added for people of all ages.

The musical creation station is back for the second year in a row. It includes over $50,000 in instruments where people can create music. It also provides encouragement for people to make music beyond the fair, Beatty said.

A new activity this year’s fair is a contest where people can eat and vote for the best pizza in Cortland. Beatty mentioned that a half-dozen businesses are on board for the contest.

The rules of the contest will be provided at the fair, and the winner will be announced at the end of the fair.

Other activities at the fair include water balloon baseball, water balloon corn hole, a basketball contest, community rock painting, bracelet making, a balloon animal maker and more.

Over $1,500 in backpacks and school supplies will be given away throughout the duration of the fair.

“Sometimes, it’s hard to find things to do around Cortland,” Beatty said. “Not only will this event be on a really great Sunday afternoon, but it’ll help you find things for entertainment, food and resources in the future, and what people can take away from it.”

The Cortland Voice and FunFlicks Indoor & Outdoor Movies are both sponsors of this event. Timothy A. Bennett, owner and publisher of The Cortland Voice, is also the owner of FunFlicks. For more information on FunFlicks, click here.