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2022 New York State & County Fairs

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.

County Fairs
Rochester’s 9-County Region

Demolition Derbies

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

County Fairs
Rochester’s Surrounding Areas

New York County Fairs: tractor parade
Antique Tractor Parades

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
in Syracuse

Events around Rochester - Fireman Carnival
Midway Rides

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.

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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!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Chief Day Tripper for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY. Happy trails!


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