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
Livingston County Fair
Livingston County actually has two county fairs!
July 20-24, 2021, Hemlock Little World’s Fair
September 22-26, 2021, Harvest Bounty Fair in Caledonia
Est.1833, Livingston County Agricultural Society
Genesee County Fair
July 24–31, 2021 in Batavia
Est. 1839, Genesee County Agricultural Society
Seneca County Fair
Dates for 2021 yet to be announced in Waterloo
Est. 1843, Seneca County Agricultural Society
Orleans County Fair
July 26 – 31, 2021 in Albion
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County
Ontario County Fair
July 27-31, 2021 in Canandaigua
Est. 1843, Ontario County Fair Committee
Wyoming County Fair
August 14-21, 2021 in Pike
Est. 1844, Wyoming County Fair Association
Yates County Fair
Postponed until 2022 in Penn Yan
Est. 1839, Yates County Fair Agriculture Society
Monroe County Fair
Postponed until 2022
Est. 1823, Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association
Wayne County Fair
Postponed until 2022 in Palmyra
Est. 1855, Wayne County Fair Advisory Board
Rochester’s Surrounding Areas
Niagara County Fair
Aug 4-8, 2021 in Lockport
Est. 1841, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
Erie County Fair
August 11-22, 2021 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.
Steuben County Fair
August 17-22, 2021 in Bath
Est. 1819, Steuben County Fair
America’s oldest, continually running fair.
The Great New York State Fair
August 20 – September 6, 2021
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.
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 dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.
What do you look forward to most at our state and county fairs?
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