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2020 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

Yates County Fair

July 7-11, 2020 in Penn Yan

Est. 1839, Yates County Fair Agriculture Society

Genesee County Fair

July 25–August 1, 2020 in Batavia

Est. 1839, Genesee County Agricultural Society

Seneca County Fair

July 15-18, 2020 in Waterloo

Est. 1843, Seneca County Agricultural Society

Orleans County Fair

July 27-August 1, 2020 in Albion

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County

Ontario County Fair

July 21-25, 2020 in Canandaigua

Est. 1843, Ontario County Fair Committee

Monroe County Fair

August 2020 TBD in Rush

Est. 1823, Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association

Livingston County Fair

August 2020 TBD in Caledonia

Est.1833, Livingston County Agricultural Society

Wyoming County Fair

August 15-22, 2020 in Pike

Est. 1844, Wyoming County Fair Association

Wayne County Fair

August 10-15, 2020 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 5-9, 2020 in Lockport

Est. 1841, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County

Erie County Fair 

August 12-23, 2020 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 18-23, 2020 in Bath

Est. 1819, Steuben County Fair

America’s oldest, continually running fair.

The Great New York State Fair

August 21 – September 7, 2020
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.

Transportation tips:

Review this helpful selection of fairground and parking maps.

Amtrak provides summer service directly to the New York State Fair (Station NYF). 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.

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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.