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Plans to move the Monroe County fair to 25 acres in Ogden's Northampton Park are being met with fury, frustration, and possible litigation. The Monroe County Legislature was expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday night. It is possible, though unlikely, the proposal could be tabled. | The sale of the Dome Arena, the fair's longtime Henrietta home, necessitates finding a new site. And officials say they see the move as an opportunity to restore the fair to its agricultural roots — meaning no more midway, demolition derby, or general carnival atmosphere. What they want, they say, is a place for local youth to show their animals and to educate their peers about agriculture. | But many park neighbors aren't buying it. They packed the park's ski lodge last week for a meeting held by Legislature Dems to take comments on the relocation plan. Speakers tore into the process, calling it a backroom deal. They said they're angry that they've just learned about the proposal and said that it already appears to be a done deal. And they said that while this year's plans may be for a small agricultural festival, they fear that in future years it'll grow to resemble the fairs at the Dome Arena.