Our state and county fairs offer a unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.
These agricultural fairs focus on celebrating the harvest and showcasing locally-made goods.
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
Yates County Fair
July 12-16, 2022, Penn Yan
Est. 1839, Yates County Fair Agriculture Society
Livingston County Fair
Livingston County actually has two county fairs!
July 19-32, 2022, Hemlock Little World’s Fair
September 10-11, 2022, Harvest Bounty Fair in Caledonia
Est.1833, Livingston County Agricultural Society
Seneca County Fair
July 20-23, 2022, Waterloo
Est. 1843, Seneca County Agricultural Society
Genesee County Fair
July 23–30, 2022, Batavia
Est. 1839, Genesee County Agricultural Society
Orleans County Fair
July 25 – 30, 2022, Albion
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County
Ontario County Fair
July 26-30, 2022, Canandaigua
Est. 1843, Ontario County Fair Committee
Wayne County Fair
August 8-13, 2022, Palmyra
Est. 1855, Wayne County Fair Advisory Board
Wyoming County Fair
August 13-20, 2022, Pike
Est. 1844, Wyoming County Fair Association
Monroe County Fair
Postponed in 2021 and 2022, Rush
Est. 1823, Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association
Rochester’s Surrounding Areas
Niagara County Fair
Aug 3-7, 2022, Lockport
Est. 1841, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
Erie County Fair
August 10-21, 2022, 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.
Steuben County Fair
August 15-21, 2022, Bath
Est. 1819, Steuben County Fair
America’s oldest, continually running fair.
The Great New York State Fair
August 24 – September 5, 2022
Established in 1841 and moved to its current Syracuse location in 1890, New York operates the oldest state fair in the United States. Ours is also one of the largest, with roughly one million visitors annually, with some days seeing over 100,000 people.
The fair runs annually, beginning on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday in August and ending on Labor Day.
When May comes around, you find the amusement parks with the dry rides opening on the weekends and water parks opening in mid-June.
What do you look forward to most at our state and county fairs?
Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!