You Can Quote Me: Sept. 3, 2017

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) >> Announcer: FROM WCAX, THIS IS
"YOU CAN QUOTE ME."
>> Darren: GOOD MORNING,
EVERYONE.
I'M DARREN PERRON.
RIGHT NOW ON "YOU CAN QUOTE ME,"
RECAPPING THE FAIR.
FROM CHANGES IN POLICE PATROLS
AFTER LAST YEAR'S STABBING TO
FINDING FAIR FOOD FOR UNDER
THREE BUCKS.
WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED.
AND DON'T GET DUPED.
SCAMMERS PREYING ON PEOPLE
TRYING TO HELP VICTIMS OF
HURRICANE HARVEY, AND THAT'S
WHERE WE BEGIN THIS MORNING.
WE'VE HEARD FROM MANY OF YOU
WANTING TO HELP HARVEY VICTIMS.
THE DAMAGE THE STORM LEFT BEHIND
HAS PROMPTED FUNDRAISERS FROM
CELEBRITIES, CHURCH GROUPS, AND
HUMANITARIAN AID ORGANIZATIONS.
IT SEEMS THERE'S SO MANY, IT CAN
BE HARD TO FIGURE OUT WHO TO
DONATE YOUR MONEY TO AND HOW
THEY'LL USE IT.
THIS MORNING, TIPS TO SPOT
SCAMMERS SO YOU DON'T BECOME A
VICTIM, TOO.
HERE'S TYLER DUMONT.
>> Reporter: AMID A STRUGGLE FOR
SURVIVAL IN THE SOUTH A WARNING
FROM EXPERTS ABOUT SCAMMERS,
TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A
NATURAL DISASTER.
>> IT'S PEOPLE'S NATURAL
INCLINATION TO DO WHATEVER THEY
CAN FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS AND
SCAMMERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT
DESIRE.
>> Reporter: THE CONSUMER
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS WARNS THESE
CHARITY PREDATORS TRY TO HIT
VICTIMS OF ALL AGES, TACTICS
OFTEN INCLUDING AN EMOTIONAL
APPEAL AND AN URGENT REQUEST.
>> IN THE PAST, WHAT WE HAVE
OFTEN SEEN IS UNSOLICITED TEXT
MESSAGES, FACEBOOK MESSAGES, OR
EMAIL THAT LOOKS TO BE FROM A --
OR REPRESENTS ITSELF AS FROM A
PARTICULARLY WELL RECOGNIZED
CHARITY.
>> Reporter: CHARITIES DON'T
HAVE TO REGISTER WITH A STATE TO
SOLICIT FUNS IN VERMONT -- FUNDS
IN VERMONT, BUT PAID FUNDRAISERS
HIRED BY CHARITIES TOO.
HOWEVER N TODAY'S AGE, MANY
DONATIONS ARE SENSE ONLINE
THROUGH SITES LIKE GO FUND ME OR
EVEN FACEBOOK.
>> THOSE KINDS OF CAMPAIGNS CAN
DO A LOT OF GOOD RIGHT WHERE
IT'S NEEDED OR THEY CAN BE HARD
TO REALLY VERIFY.
>> Reporter: AND THAT'S WHY OUR
EXPERT SAYS --
>> WHAT WE ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO DO
IS MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE
GIVING TO.
>> Reporter: BEFORE YOU CLICK
"CONTRIBUTE," ALSO CONSIDER HOW
YOU'RE TRANSFERRING FUNDS.
>> PROVIDING BANK ACCOUNT
INFORMATION MAY NOT GIVE YOU AS
MUCH PROTECTION AS, FOR EXAMPLE,
USING A CREDIT CARD WHERE IF YOU
DETERMINE A CHARGE MAY BE FALSE,
YOU MAY HAVE SOME ABILITY TO
DISPUTE THE CHARGE DOWN THE
LOAN.
>> DO YOU MIND IF I ASK WHAT
TOWN YOU LIVE IN?
>> Reporter: THERE HAVEN'T BEEN
REPORTS OF HARVEY SCAMS YET, BUT
THIS CONSUMER GROUP WARNS IT
COULD HAPPEN FAST.
>> IT'S UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE TO
EXERCISE MORE CARE IN THESE
KINDS OF SITUATIONS, BUT IF WE
WANT TO DO THE MOST GOOD, IT'S
IMPORTANT WE TAKE THE TIME THAT
WE'RE SENDING OUR MONEY WHERE IT
NEEDS TO GO.
>> Reporter: TYLER DUMONT,
CHANNEL 3 NEWS.
>> Darren: TO TALK MORE ABOUT
THIS, I'M JOINED BY JASON
DUQUETTE-HOFFMAN.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
>> Duquette-Hoffman: THANKS FOR
HAVING ME.
>> Darren: LET'S TALK A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT NEARLY 200,000 PEOPLE
HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP TO GIVE
SOME KIND OF RELIEF AFTER
HARVEY.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY
IS GOING?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: WELL,
THERE'S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT
WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN HELP AND AS
MOST OF US WHO HAVE BEEN HERE
FOR A LITTLE WHILE KNOW WITH OUR
EXPERIENCE IN TROPICAL STORM
IRENE, THAT HELP IS GOING TO BE
NEEDED OVER A LONG PERIOD OF
TIME, NOT JUST RIGHT NOW IN THE
BEGINNING.
IT'S IMPORTANT WHEN YOU'RE
CONSIDERING HOW BEST YOU CAN PUT
YOUR RESOURCES TO WORK FOR THE
PEOPLE THAT ARE MOST IN NEED, TO
BE MINDFUL OF WHAT IS
APPROPRIATE FOR YOU AND HOW YOU
WANT TO GIVE.
>> Darren: SHOULD FOLKS SEND, AS
YOU MENTIONED, THIS IS GOING TO
BE A LONG-TERM RECOVERY, SHOULD
THEY WAIT A LITTLE WHILE SINCE A
LOT OF MONEY IS COMING IN RIGHT
AT THE FRONT?
SHOULD FOLKS BE MINDFUL OF THAT
AND, SAY, DONATE DOWN THE ROAD?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: I THINK
EVERYBODY SHOULD MAKE A DECISION
THAT FEELS RIGHT FOR THEM.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER WHAT
YOUR RESOURCES ARE, HOW YOU CAN
HELP, AND TO BE THINKING DOWN
THE LONG TERM SO THAT YOU KNOW
WHERE YOUR RESOURCES ARE GOING
TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE.
>> Darren: OFTENTIMES WE HEAR
CASH IS KING, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE
NOT IN THIS CASE.
>> Duquette-Hoffman: WELL, IF
YOU'RE DONATING FUNDS, THERE ARE
A NUMBER OF THINGS IN KEEP IN
MIND, BUT ONE OF THEM CERTAINLY
IS HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THE
MONEY THAT YOU'RE SENDING IS
GOING TO BE USEFUL AND GOING TO
BE RECEIVED BY THE ORGANIZATIONS
OR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST.
IF IT TURNS OUT THAT YOU'VE SENT
MONEY TO SOME PLACE THAT ISN'T A
VALID CHARITY OR SOMETHING
HAPPENS DOWN THE LINE AND THAT'S
NOT WHERE YOU WANTED THOSE RE
SOURCES TO GO, IF YOU'VE
PROVIDED CASH OR CHECK OR EVEN
BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION, THAT
MONEY MAY NOT BE RECOVERABLE.
IF YOU DETERMINE SOMETHING IS A
SCAM, FOR EXAMPLE, AND DONATING
VIA CREDIT CARD MAY GIVE YOU
MORE OPTIONS TO TRY AND CLAW
BACK THAT MONEY AND SEND IT
WHERE IT BELONGS.
>> Darren: DURING TROPICAL STORM
AND HURRICANE SANDY IN 2012,
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
WENT TO SCAM ARTISTS.
ARE WE EXPECTING THAT AGAIN WITH
THIS ONE?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: WELL,
SCAMMERS, FIRST OF ALL, ARE VERY
GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO.
THEY FOLLOW THE NEWS JUST LIKE
THE REST OF US AND THEY'RE
LOOKING FOR ANY OPPORTUNITY THEY
CAN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
PEOPLE'S INCLINATION TO GIVE
MONEY TO ANYTHING.
AND SO ANYTIME THERE'S A
DISASTER, CERTAINLY A DISASTER
ON A LARGE SCALE LIKE WE SAW
WITH SANDY AND NOW WITH HARVEY,
CERTAINLY YOU CAN EXPECT THAT
SCAMMERS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING
TO LEVERAGE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO
THEIR OWN BENEFIT.
SO YES, WE DO ANTICIPATE THAT
THERE WILL BE THIS KIND OF
ACTIVITY FOLLOWING THIS STORM,
AND IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT
FOR FOLKS TO BE MINDFUL OF WHERE
THEIR MONEY GOES.
LEAD WITH YOUR HEART AND FOLLOW
WITH YOUR HEAD.
>> Darren: GOOD ADVICE.
SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FACT
THAT AT THE POINT OF TYLER'S
STORY, NO REPORTS INTO VERMONT
OF ANYONE TRYING TO SCAM OUT OF
THE HARVEY DISASTER.
STILL THE CASE?
ANY REPORTS YET?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: THAT IS THE
CASE.
WE ARE MONITORING REPORTS FROM
THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND
FROM FEMA ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE
SEEING.
AS AN EARLY EXAMPLE, FEMA WAS
REPORTING THAT THERE WERE SOME
SCAM CALLS TELLING FOLKS THAT
THEY HADN'T PAID THEIR FLOOD
INSURANCE PREMIUM, THAT IT WAS
BEHIND, AND THEY NEEDED TO
ADDRESS THAT AND THOSE WERE
FRAUDULENT CALLS.
SO IT'S STARTING AND WE
ANTICIPATE THERE WILL BE OTHERS.
TO WHAT EXTENT THAT IMPACTS
VERMONT DONORS WILL YET TO BE
SEEN, BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY
KEEPING AN EYE ON IT.
>> Darren: CROWDFUNDING, HUGE
WAY TO RAISE POINT FOR A NUMBER
OF DIFFERENT CAUSES OR
BUSINESSES OR FILL IN THE BLANK.
IS THIS A SAFE WAY TO DONATE?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: SO
CROWDFUNDING IS A NEW TECHNOLOGY
THAT LIKE ANY NEW TECHNOLOGY CAN
BE USED REALLY EFFECTIVELY AND
ALSO CAN BE USED
INAPPROPRIATELY.
SO WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SCAM
ACTIVITY IS THAT THEY TEND TO
LEVERAGE NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO
THEIR BENEFIT.
SO IT'S POSSIBLE CERTAINLY THAT
CROWDFUNDING COULD BE A WAY THAT
SCAMMERS CAN TRY AND REACH FOLKS
WHO MIGHT WANT TO GIVE MONEY
DIRECTLY WITH LESS SCRUTINY, FOR
EXAMPLE, BUT IT ALSO HAPPENS TO
BE A REALLY EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET
RESOURCES DIRECTLY TO FOLKS WHO
NEED THEM MOST.
SO WE'RE NOT TELLING FOLKS DON'T
FOLLOW CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNING
DON'T GIVE TO CROWDFUNDING
CAMPAIGNS, BUT WE ARE
ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BE WISE
CONSUMERS, THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT
WHAT YOU'RE DONATING TO, DO A
LITTLE BIT OF DIGGING AND
LOOKING RATHER THAN JUST
RESPONDING TO AN IMAGE THAT YOU
SEE WITH A QUICK CLICK AND A
DONATE.
>> Darren: FOLLOWING UP ON
CROWDFUNDING AND OTHER MEANS
THAT ARE REALLY GEARED TOWARDS A
YOUNGER CROWD, BECAUSE
OFTENTIMES WE HEAR ABOUT
SCAMMERS GOING AFTER THE
ELDERLY, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE EVEN
YOUNG PEOPLE CAN GET DUPED INTO
THIS.
IS, SAY, TEXT MESSAGING, YOU
KNOW, THAT'S USED OFTENTIMES TO
RAISE MONEY FOR DIFFERENT CAUSES
OR CROWDFUNDING OR ANY MEANS
LIKE THAT ONLINE, IS THIS SAFE?
IS TEXT MESSAGING SAFE?
IS DONATING ONLINE SAFE?
AND HOW DO YOUNG PEOPLE --
BECAUSE IT'S PRIMARILY THOSE
FOLKS USING THAT -- KNOW?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: SO AS WITH
CROWDFUNDING, TEXT MESSAGING AND
OTHER SIMILAR COMMUNICATIONS
TECHNOLOGIES ARE IN USE BOTH BY
LEGITIMATE ORGANIZATIONS AND
BUSINESSES AS WELL AS BY
FRAUDSTERS, SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO
UNDERSTAND WHO YOU'RE REFERRING
A MESSAGE FROM.
ONE THING THAT PEOPLE CAN DO TO
TRY AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE
LIMITING THEIR RISK OF EXPOSURE
TO SCAMS OVER A TEXT MESSAGE
DONATE PLATFORM OR AN ONLINE
DONATE PLATFORM, IS TO
PROACTIVELY GO, DECIDE WHO
YOU'RE GOING TO DONATE TO, PICK
AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU FEEL
COMFORTABLE GIVING MONEY TO,
CONTACT THEM YOURSELF FIRST.
MANY ORGANIZATIONS WILL HAVE AN
OPT-IN SERVICE WHERE YOU CAN OPT
IN TO RECEIVING MESSAGES FROM
THEM TO DONATE.
BE SURE THAT YOU KNOW WHAT THAT
MESSAGE IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE
WHEN IT COMES IN TO YOUR PHONE.
THE SCAMMERS ARE PRETTY GOOD AT
SPOOFING EMAILS AND SPOOFING
COMPANY LOGOS OR ORGANIZATIONAL
LOGOS, SO THEY -- YOU PLAY GET
AN EMAIL THAT LOOKS LIKE IT'S
FROM THE RED CROSS AND IT LOOKS
VERY OFFICIAL, BUT WHEN YOU DIG
A LITTLE DEEPER AND YOU LOOK AT
THE SENDER ADDRESS, ALL OF A
SUDDEN THINGS DON'T QUITE LOOK
TO BE WHAT THEY OUGHT.
SO YOU NEED TO START THE CONTACT
YOURSELF.
MANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE
LOCAL CHAPTERS, SO YOU CAN
CONFIRM THAT WITH THE LOCAL
CHAPTER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE
THINKING ABOUT GIVING WHAT IS
FOR YOU A LOT OF MONEY IN
RESPONSE.
>> Darren: AND HOW DO YOU KNOW
WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING AND
HOW MUCH OF YOUR MONEY IS GOING
DIRECTLY TO THE CAUSE?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: SURE.
DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS REPORT
DIFFERENT KINDS OF THINGS,
DIFFERENT KINDS OF INFORMATION,
AND THEY USE THOSE FUNDS IN
DIFFERENT WAYS.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ONLINE
RESOURCES OUT THERE THAT FOLKS
CAN USE SUCH AS THE BETTER
BUSINESS BUREAU'S WEBSITE FOR
EXAMPLE, OR CHARITY NAVIGATOR,
WISE GIVING ALLIANCE, ALL THOSE
ORGANIZATIONS HAVE THEIR OWN
METHODS OF RATING CHARITIES FOR
THE DEGREE TO WHICH THEY PUT
FUNDS TO WORK DIRECTLY WHERE
THEY'RE NEED TD.
-- NEEDED.
FOLKS REMEMBER THAT DELIVERING
ANY KIND OF SERVICE DOES CARRY
SOME OVERHEAD, SO YOU CAN ALWAYS
EXPECT THAT SOME AMOUNT OF FUNDS
ARE GOING TO GO TOWARDS
SUPPORTING AN ORGANIZATION'S
ABILITY JUST TO SIMPLY RESPOND,
BUT TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE
RESOURCES, TALK WITH FOLKS THAT
YOU KNOW WHO HAVE BEEN HAPPY
ABOUT WHO THEY'VE GIVEN TO IN
THE PAST, OR EVEN REACH OUT TO
LOCAL CHAPTERS OF AN
ORGANIZATION AND GET COMFORTABLE
WITH HOW THEY OPERATE AND USE
THOSE KINDS OF INFORMATION TO
MAKE A BIG GIVING DECISION FOR
YOURSELF.
>> Darren: AND DOWN THE ROAD, IS
THERE A WAY TO VERIFY THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR DONATION?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: AGAIN, IT'S
GOING TO VARY DEPENDING UPON THE
ORGANIZATION.
THEY WILL PUBLISH OUT THEIR
EVALUATIONS, ASSESSMENT OF THEIR
SERVICES IN VARIOUS WAYS.
CERTAINLY WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE
THAT KIND OF INFORMATION FOR A
DISASTER LIKE HARVEY ALSO COMING
OUT FROM THE MEDIA AND OTHER
FOLKS WHO ARE ON THE
GROUND WORKING IN THOSE AREAS.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER TO
WHAT DEGREE YOU MIGHT WANT TO
BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A
LOCAL ORGANIZATION AND TALKING
TO LOCAL CHAPTERS MIGHT GIVE YOU
A WINDOW INTO HOW THOSE OPERATE.
>> Darren: CAN YOU NAME A FEW
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WHICH WE
KNOW ARE LEGIT AND WOULD BE GOOD
TO DONATE TO?
>> Duquette-Hoffman: WE DON'T
GENERALLY RECOMMEND A
PARTICULARLY ORGANIZATION.
PEOPLE MAY HAVE ALL DIFFERENT
KINDS OF REASONS FOR WHY THEY
MIGHT WANT TO CHOOSE ONE
ORGANIZATION VERSUS ANOTHER, BUT
WE DO ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO USE
THOSE ONLINE RESOURCES AND TO
LOOK AT WHO'S DELIVERING
SERVICES IN THOSE MOST AFFECTED
AREAS.
CERTAINLY THERE'S A LOT OF
INFORMATION OUT THERE ON THAT
RIGHT NOW.
>> Darren: JASON
DUQUETTE-HOFFMAN, THANK YOU SO
MUCH.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND
EXPERTISE.
>> Duquette-Hoffman: HAPPY TO BE
HERE.
THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> Darren: COMING UP, A STABBING
AT THE FAIR LAST YEAR LED TO
CHANGES IN POLICING THIS YEAR,
AND IT'S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET
SOME CHEAP EATS THERE.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR DINING DEALS
FOR UNDER THREE DOLLARS.
WE'RE BACK IN A MOMENT.
>> Darren: THE TEN BEST DAYS OF
SUMMER WRAPS UP TODAY.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR.
IT'S WHERE YOU'LL FIND THE
TINIEST HORSE IN THE WORLD, A
WOMAN WHO HAS THE BODY OF A
BONELESS SNAKE.
THOSE ARE A COUPLE OF THE MORE
UNUSUAL ILLUSIONS AT THE FAIR,
BUT THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF GOING
ON.
THE MIDWAY HAS BEEN PACKED WITH
FOLKS, MOSTLY KIDS, LOOKING FOR
A THRILL ON ONE OF THE DOZENS OF
RIDES.
THE WEATHER HAS BEEN IDEAL FOR
THE FAIR THIS YEAR, WELL, UNTIL
TODAY, BUT PLENTY OF PEOPLE GOT
THEIR FILL ON FAIR FOOD WITH 80
DIFFERENT FOOD SPOTS, PLENTY OF
SHOPPING, 200 VENDORS TO CHOOSE
FROM, ART SHOWS, HORSE SHOWS,
MUSIC SHOWS.
THERE'S A FAIR FAVORITE FOR
EVERYONE.
>> WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF
THE FAIR?
>> THE ZIPPER.
>> ALL THE RIDES.
>> THE FIREBALL.
>> ALL THE RIDES AND HOW
EXCITING THEY ARE.
>> WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF
THE FAIR?
>> SHOWING COWS.
THEY HAVE FEELINGS TOO.
THEY GET WILD AND CRAZY AND THEY
CAN BE HAPPY TOO.
>> OR LAZY LIKE THIS ONE IS
RIGHT NOW.
>> YEAH.
>> Darren: A LOT OF PEOPLE COME
YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AND A
LOT OF THE PEOPLE WORKING AT THE
FAIR DO TOO.
>> THERE'S A FLURRY OF FAIR
GOERS LOOKING FOR A FRIED FIX.
>> ONE TIME OF THE YEAR I HAVE
IT.
>> AND PAT BRENNAN IS HAPPY TO
KEEP BELLIES FULL ON HIS
BLOOMING ONIONS.
>> IT JUST TOOK OFF, REALLY TOOK
OFF.
>> HE OPENED A SNACK SHACK AT
THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR 23
YEARS AGO AND IT'S BECOME A FAN
FAVORITE.
>> YOU GET THE ONION FLAVOR
MIXED IN WITH SOME NICE DEEP
FRIEDNESS THAT MAKES IT EVEN
BETTER.
>> A STAPLE ON THE FAIR FOOD
FAIRWAY.
>> IT'S A DESTINATION FOR
SOMEBODY.
EARLIER TODAY I HAD A COUPLE
FROM DERBY.
THEY SAID WE CAME ALL THE WAY
FROM DERBY FOR A BLOOMING ONION.
>> BUT YOU MAY WANT TO HOLD THE
ONIONS IF THIS IS YOUR NEXT
STOP.
FIREBALL, FIRE BELLY.
>> MAY BE DON'T EAT LUNCH BEFORE
THAT, JUST FOR OTHER PEOPLE'S
SAKE.
>> IT WAS REALLY SCARY BECAUSE,
LIKE, YOU NEVER KNOW WHICH WAY
IT'S GOING TO GO.
IT GOES, LIKE, UPSIDE DOWN AND
THEN IT GOES BACKWARDS AND
FORWARDS.
>> BUT BOTH TELL ME THEY'D DO IT
AGAIN, OF COURSE.
JIMMY STRAIGHT RUNS THE RIDES
HERE.
>> YOUNGER KIDS ARE GOING TO BE
SCARED AND THE TEENAGERS ARE
PROBABLY GOING TO SAY LET'S DO
IT AGAIN.
>> AND AMUSEMENT RUNS IN HIS
FAMILY.
HIS GRANDFATHER FIRST STARTED
THEIR BUSINESS IN 1923.
THIS IS ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE
STOPS ON HIS COMPANY'S
CROSS-COUNTRY FAIR TOUR.
>> AND YOU COME TO A POINT LIKE
THIS AND IT SEEMS LIKE
EVERYWHERE IS A LITTLE BIT
FRIENDLIER, A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER
AND THE FAIR IS STUCH A WORLD
CLASS FAIR AND SUCH A BEAUTIFUL
ATMOSPHERE.
>> IF FOOD AND FAIR RIDES AREN'T
YOUR THING, THERE'S SOME FORM OF
AGRICULTURE AROUND NEARLY EVERY
TURN.
EMMA DEARING SHOWS COWS.
>> BECAUSE THEY'RE FUN AND
THEY'RE -- I DON'T KNOW, THEY'RE
KIND OF CUTE.
>> AND 4-H HELPS GET MANY KIDS
INVOLVED.
MARY FAYE MADE IT HER MISSION TO
PROMOTE THE ORGANIZATION.
>> I STARTED WORKING IN THE 4-H
DEPARTMENT IN 1972, SO YOU DO
THE MATH.
>> SHE POINTS OUT THAT 4-H-ERS
LEARN TO CARE FOR ANIMALS BUT
THEIR COMMUNITIES TOO THROUGH
PROJECTS.
>> OUR KIDS HAVE SO MUCH TO
OFFER AND THEY'RE SO TALENTED
AND FAIR REALLY GIVES US A
CHANCE TO SHOWCASE THOSE KIDS.
>> Darren: AND SOME OF THOSE
KIDS DON'T ONLY DEAL WITH COWS
AND HORSES, BUT OXEN TOO AND OUR
EVA McKEN NONE LEARN THAT IT
TAKES TO CARE FOR THEM.
>> AMAZED AT THEIR SIZE AND
GENTLE DEMEANORS.
>> Reporter: IF YOU WANT TO KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT OXEN IN VERMONT,
JUST ASK GAIL BILLINGS.
>> I ALWAYS LOVED OXEN.
AS A YOUNG CHILD, I ALWAYS
WANTED TO SEE THEM.
>> Reporter: SHE DIDN'T ACTUALLY
GET A PAIR OF HER OWN UNTIL SHE
WAS 38.
NOW SHE'S BECOME ONE OF THE
LEADING TRAINERS IN THE STATE.
OXEN ARE ADULT CASS TRAITED MALE
CATTLE.
BILLINGS SAYS THEY DON'T GET THE
TITLE OF OX UNTIL THEY'RE FOUR
YEARS OLD AND ARE PRIMARILY USED
TO MOVE EQUIPMENT FROM ONE END
OF THE FARM TO THE OTHER.
>> THE OXEN DO DO A LOT OF
THINGS WHERE TECHNOLOGY CAN'T
GET TO.
FOR EXAMPLE, A LOT OF TIMES,
PULLING OUT MOOSE DURING MOOSE
SEASON, THEY CAN GET IN PLACES
WHERE A LOT OF THE STUBBLE FROM
THE WOOD THAT'S BEEN CUT IN A
LOT OF THESE AREAS WOULD POP
TIRES ON AUTOMATED MOTOR
VEHICLES.
>> Reporter: THE OXEN ARE THE
LARGEST ANIMALS HERE AT THE
FAIR.
WHEN THEY'RE BORN, THEY START
OFF AT 75 TO 100 POUNDS.
THIS GUY HERE, MORE THAN 2500
POUNDS.
>> FOR 4-H, THEY HAVE TO PULL
60% OF THEIR COMBINED WEIGHT.
>> Reporter: 19-YEAR-OLD KRISTEN
SKOTA HAS TWO PAIRS OF HER OWN
IN RANDOLPH.
SHE SAYS JUST LIKE LITTLE KIDS,
OXEN CAN BE HARD-HEADED AND PUSH
YOUR PATIENCE WHEN YOU'RE
TRAINING THEM.
>> BUILDING UP TO THAT WEIGHT
AND TRYING TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE
DUKE IT RIGHT, WOULD GOING ON
THE CHAIN, MAKING -- WORKING ON
THE CHAIN, MAKING SURE IT'S NOT
TOO LONG, NOT TOO SHORT.
>> Darren: UP NEXT, FEEDING THE
FAMILY ON THE CHEAP.
THE BEST DINING DEALS AT THE
FAIR AND A HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE
THIS YEAR AFTER A STABBING LAST
YEAR.
SEE WHAT COPS ARE DOING TO KEEP
FAIR GOERS SAFE.
>> Darren: KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE
AT THE FAIR TOOK ON NEW URGENCY
AFTER A DEADLY STABBING LAST
YEAR.
OFFICERS HAVE A NEW APPROACH
THIS YEAR TO MAKE SURE THAT
DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.
CHRISTEN KELLY JOINS COPS ON
PATROL TO SEE HOW IT WORKING.
>> Reporter: IT'S HARD TO HIT
THE FAIR AND MISS THEM.
>> I SAW COPS EVERYWHERE.
>> Reporter: A PREVENTIVE
PRESENCE WITH A MESSAGE.
>> YOU'RE LOOKING TO CAUSE
TROUBLE, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
>> Reporter: POLICE HAVE ALWAYS
PATROLLED HERE WITH THOUSANDS
DIGGING INTO FOOD AND FUN, AND
IT ONLY MAKES SENSE WITH THAT
MANY PEOPLE, SOMETHING COULD
HAPPEN.
LAST YEAR, SOMETHING DID.
[ SCREAMING ]
>> Reporter: A FIGHT ESCALATED
INTO A STABBING AND IN THE END,
23-YEAR-OLD RYAN DURKIN WAS DEAD
AND A 20-YEAR-OLD WAS CHARGED
WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER.
>> THAT IS CERTAINLY WEIGHING ON
MY MIND.
>> Reporter: GEORGE IS WITH THE
ESSEX POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FOR
YEARS, HE'S COORDINATED THE
35-PERSON FORCE FOR THE FAIR.
HE SAYS THEY'VE ALWAYS CRACKED
DOWN ON FIGHTING, BUT THIS YEAR,
THEY'RE DRAWING A HARDER LINE.
>> THIS YEAR, NO MORE SECOND
CHANCES.
>> NO.
YEAH, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT.
>> Reporter: POLICE SAY THIS
YOUNG MAN AS EXAMPLE OF THAT.
WE WERE THERE AS OFFICERS TOLD
HIM TO LEAVE THE FAIRGROUNDS
AFTER BREAKING UP A FIGHT.
NOW HE HAS A TRESPASS NOTICE,
NOT ALLOWING HIM BACK IN.
LAST YEAR, HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE FAIR
THE NEXT NIGHT.
>> A FEW BAD DECISIONS IN A
MOMENT OF ANGER OR, YOU KNOW,
JUST TEEN ANGST AND SOMEBODY CAN
GET HURT.
>> Reporter: SO FAR, POLICE HAVE
HANDED OUT ABOUT A DOZEN
TRESPASS TICKETS WELL AHEAD OF
WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE.
>> IT SEEMS TO BE PAYING OFF AT
THIS POINT.
I THINK THE MESSAGE IS GETTING
OUT THAT THIS IS A FUN FAMILY
EVENT, IT'S A SAFE VENUE.
>> Darren: AND A LOT OF THOSE
FAMILIES AT THE VENUE COME FOR
THE FOOD AND FEEDING EVERYONE AT
THE FAIR DOES NOT NEED TO BREAK
THE BANK, AS KEITH McGILVERY
FOUND OUT.
>> Keith: EVEN THE PICKIEST
EATERS CAN FIND SOMETHING AT THE
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR.
>> WE HAVE EVERYTHING FROM
COOKIE DOUGH SO YOU CAN GET A
SALAD HERE AT THE FAIR.
>> Keith: BUT GETTING YOUR
FAVORITES ON A BUDGET CAN BE
TOUGH.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A DEAL,
TRY STOPPING BY TUESDAY THROUGH
THURSDAY FOR MID WEEK MADNESS.
>> IT GIVES OUR VENDORS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THEIR MAIN
DISH OR MAIN EVENT OUT THERE TO
PEOPLE AND HAVE THEM TRY THAT.
>> Keith: PARTICIPATING VENDORS
ARE OFFERING UP MENU ITEMS FOR
JUST THREE BUCKS AND THAT MEANS
A MORE THAN 50% SAVINGS.
DONNA IS VISITING FROM
PLATTSBURGH AND WENT STRAIGHT
FOR THE SAUSAGE SHACK.
>> CAN'T BEAT THAT, CAN YOU?
>> Keith: FOR THE HOT DOG AND
FRIES.
>> WHICH WAS A GREAT DEAL.
WE HAVE ONIONS AND PEPPERS ON A
HOT DOG AND A BUN AND THIS LARGE
AMOUNT OF FRIES AND WONDERFUL
DEAL.
>> BUT YOU BOUGHT THEM
SEPARATELY, YOU'D BE PAYING 6.50
FOR THOSE TWO ITEMS, SO IT'S A
$3.50 SAVINGS COMBINED TOGETHER.
>> Keith: THE FOLKS AT MELTED
ARE SERVING UP THEIR SIGNATURE
GRILLED CHEESE, SHOWCASING A
LOCAL FLAVOR THEY SAY SETS THEM
APART.
>> IT'S A VALUE AND IT HELPS US
GET PEOPLE IN HERE FOR A
THREE-DOLLAR SANDWICH.
THE QUALITY IS THE SAME, JUST A
LITTLE SMALLER.
>> Keith: THE FOOD TRUCK IS
OFFERING UP SIX-DOLLAR DUCK FAT
FRIES FOR HALF THE PRICE.
OWNER COREY CHARLES SAYS IT'S
THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
>> IT'S VERMONT, THE FAIR, THE
RIGHT THING TO DO.
WE ALWAYS WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL
PEOPLE.
PEOPLE LOVE TO SUPPORT US AS WE
SERVE LOCAL FOOD AND GRASS FED
STUFF, SO WHY NOT GIVE BACK.
>> Keith: AND THE STAFF IS
HAPPENING YOU'LL GIVE
ARGENTINEAN FOOD A TRY.
>> IT'S SOMETHING WE BRING TO
THE FAIR, SOMETHING NOT FRIED
AND NORMALLY THAT'S WHAT WE FIND
AT THE FAIR, AND THE RICE BALL
COOKS AND HAS GOOD FLAVOR.
>> Keith: IF DONNA HAS HER WAY,
SHE WILL BE MAKING MORE THAN ONE
STOP ON HER FOOD TOUR THROUGH
THE FAIR.
>> I'M GOING TO LOOK AROUND AND
I CERTAINLY WILL.
I I'M HOPING THEY HAVE A MAPLE
SHACK.
>> Darren: BUT YOU BETTER HURRY
BECAUSE TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF
THE FAIR.
IT WRAPS UP TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT.
WE HOPE YOU GET THERE, BUT
FIRST, WE HOPE YOU STAY TUNED
FOR THE WEEKEND NEWS.
OUR CREW IS STANDING BY.
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