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July 02, 2015
State Agriculture Commissioner Highlights County Fair Season Now Underway Across New York State
County Fair Day at The Great New York State Fair Takes Place Sunday, August 30
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today highlighted the beginning of the 2015 county fair season with the 158th Oswego County Fair running now through Sunday, July 5. More than 50 county and youth fairs will operate from July through early October, closing out the season at the Long Island Fair, September 25 to 27 and October 2 to 4. County fairs across New York State provide fairgoers with family- friendly fun, great music and wild food, but also a unique opportunity to learn about local agriculture, including where our food comes from, how it is grown, harvested and marketed to the public.
Commissioner Ball said, “Every summer, millions of New Yorkers gear up for their local county fair and take part as exhibitors, competitors and visitors. We have a great story to tell about our farmers and the hard work that they do, and the county fairs provide New Yorkers a first-hand opportunity to learn about our vital agriculture industry."
Fairgoers can find a county fair near them in all ten regions across New York, in communities from Western New York to Long Island. Some highlights include: In the Capital Region, the Saratoga County Fair is returning to its old time slot in 2015, and will be held from July 21 to 26. A decade long tradition of free admission will continue at the Lewis County Fair this summer, a great opportunity for free summer fun in the North Country from July 21 to July 25. Orleans County is host to an outstanding youth fair from July 27 to August 1. The Orleans County 4-H Fair is a great spot to bring the kids for summer fun in the Finger Lakes. In the Southern Tier, the long-standing agricultural and family tradition of the Broome County Fair kicks off the last week of July—July 28 through August 2—and promises several new exciting events, attractions and concerts. In Western New York, the Erie County Fair, which is ranked as the third largest county fair in North America, runs from August 12 to August 23. August 25 to 30, the Hudson Valley hosts the Dutchess County Fair. The second largest county fair in New York State, the Dutchess County Fair is a showplace for entertainment, free shows and agriculture in the county.
A listing of county fairs across New York State can be found on the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ website, here or on the state’s open data website, here.
“The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs works with its member fairs to promote agriculture, horticulture, and domestic arts in New York,” said President of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs Robert D. Simpson. “We bring member fairs together and offer workshops to share ideas and work cooperatively to better showcase agriculture to all New Yorkers. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to enjoy a fair this summer.”
In addition, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets operates the oldest and one of the largest state fairs in the country, The Great New York State Fair, located in Syracuse. The Fair takes place from August 27 through September 7, 2015.
This year, Sunday, August 30 is designated as County Fair Day. County fair managers and board members from all agricultural fairs from across the state are invited to come enjoy a day at the State Fair, get a behind the scenes tour of the fairgrounds and Midway, and the State Fair’s agricultural exhibits.
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