Did you know that the very first County Fair in the Country took place almost 200 years ago in Watertown, NY?
Although almost two centuries have passed, a lot about a county fair remains reassuringly the same. Initially, they were started to gather county residents together to share information on agricultural and horticultural practices, once the mainstay of this country. Today, these festive annual events still include livestock shows and horticultural exhibits, but have expanded to include such activities as concerts, competitions, car shows, rides and let’s not forget about the food. I can almost see the lights of the ferris wheel and smell the cotton candy being spun!
A county fair is still an entertaining way for a family to spend a fun and educational day.
If you’re up for a good county fair, mark your calendar now to visit the ones closest to you:
- Cayuga County Fair – July 9-12, 2009 – Weedsport, NY
- Chemung County Fair – August 4-9, 2009 – Horseheads, NY
- Cortland County Junior Fair – July 7-11, 2009 – Cortland, NY
- Livingston County Fair – July 21-25,2009 – Hemlock, NY
- Monroe County Fair – July 15-19, 2009 – Henrietta, NY
- Onondaga County 4-H Youth Fair – July 24-26, 2009 – Syracuse, NY
- Schuyler County Youth Showcase – July 24-25, 2009 – Montour Falls, NY
- Seneca County Fair – July 14-18, 2009 – Waterloo, NY (315)568-9601
- Steuben County Fair – August 18-23, 2009 – Bath, NY
- Tioga County Fair – July 7-11, 2009 – Owego, NY
- Tompkins County Fair – August 25-30, 2009 – Trumansburg, NY (607) 387-6504
- Wayne County Fair – August 10-15, 2009 – Palmyra
- Yates County Fair – July 7-11, 2009 – Penn Yan (315) 536-3830
And of course, although not a County Fair, the biggest Fair of all is the New York State Fair which will be held August 27-September 7, 2009 at the Fair Grounds in Syracuse, NY. Look for a post later in the Summer on the New York State Fair.