Our state and county fairs offer their own unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.
They are agricultural-in-nature with a focus on locally-made products, celebrating the harvest season.
For 150+ years, townsfolk have looked forward to gathering together in the late summer to enjoy parades, competitions, rides, shows, exhibits, and music.
Rochester’s 9-County Region
July 9-13 in Penn Yan (est.1839)
Yates County Fair Agriculture Society
July 13-20 in Batavia (est. 1839)
Genesee County Agricultural Society
July 17-20 in Waterloo (est. 1843)
Seneca County Agricultural Society
July 23-28 in Albion
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County
July 23-27 in Canandaigua (est. 1843)
Ontario County Fair Committee
August 2-4 in Rush (est. 1823)
Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association
August 9-10 in Caledonia (est.1833)
Livingston County Agricultural Society
August 10-17 in Pike (est. 1844)
Wyoming County Fair Association
August 12-17 in Palmyra (est. 1855)
Wayne County Fair Advisory Board
Rochester’s Surrounding Areas
July 31-Aug 4 in Lockport (est. 1841)
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
August 7-18 in Hamburg (est. 1820)
Erie County Agricultural Society
Established in 1819, the Erie County Agricultural Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The fair features the World’s Largest Demolition Derby
August 13-18 in Bath (est. 1819)
Steuben County Fair
America’s oldest, continually running fair
The Great New York State Fair
August 21 – September 2, 2019
New York’s is the oldest state fair in the United States, established in 1841, settling in its current Syracuse location in 1890. Ours is also one of the largest, with roughly one million visitors annually, some days seeing over 100,000 people.
Helpful tidbits for planning your day trip to the State Fair:
The fair runs annually for 13 days, beginning on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday in August and ending on Labor Day.
Buy your tickets in advance. Admission to the fair is $10, children under 12 are free; check out the other pricing options for 60+ and dollar days.
Concerts at Chevy Court are free with admission, with 2 different performers/bands each day.
There are over 100 rides on the Midway and Kiddie Midway.
Review this helpful selection of fairground and parking maps.
Parking for buses and cars is $5, with a free shuttle provided from the Orange lot. Otherwise, plan for a long walk.
Several gates allow pedestrian access, including the new Gate 11A from Bridge Street.
Centro Express buses will regularly depart from State Fair Park-N-Ride locations across Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties arriving at the Fair’s Main Gate. View locations and schedules
Amtrak provides summer service directly to the New York State Fair
Select Empire Service trains will stop at Gate 11 adjacent to the Fairgrounds every day during the fair. To give you an idea, in 2016, an eastbound train from Rochester would arrive to the fairgrounds at 9:13 a.m., with departures westbound at 3:56 p.m. and 6:51 p.m. Book your ticket to find out the exact times for this year.
PRO: No parking in the huge lots or dealing with traffic stress, many times Amtrak offers deals where kids ride free. CON: Less flexible than driving as you need to be on time at the station lest you miss your ride home.
Whether it’s your first date night in Rochester or 50th, spending time exploring with your partner is a great way to connect and learn about each other.
I’ve been gathering Rochester’s fun facts for several years and am so excited to gather them all together here! Just some of what makes Rochester special!
Do you go to the state and county fairs?
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