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2021 New York State & County Fairs

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.

County Fairs
Rochester’s 9-County Region

Demolition Derbies

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

County Fairs
Rochester’s Surrounding Areas

New York County Fairs: tractor parade
Antique Tractor Parades

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
in Syracuse

Events around Rochester - Fireman Carnival
Midway Rides

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.

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What do you look forward to most at our state and county fairs?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


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Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.