July Is Festival Month in Genesee County!
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July Is Festival Month in Genesee County!

by Lauren Humphrey

Looking for an exciting summer getaway filled with vibrant festivities and cultural celebrations? Look no further than Genesee County in Upstate New York! July is the month when our communities come alive with a series of fantastic festivals that showcase our downtowns, agricultural heritage, cultural roots, and more. From Le Roy's charming Oatka Festival to the Genesee County Fair and the Downtown Batavia Italian Festival, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And for nature enthusiasts, the Great Outdoor Fest at the Genesee Country Village & Museum is a must-visit. Join us as we delve into the details of these incredible events!

Le Roy's Annual Oatka Festival
July 15-16

Step into the welcoming embrace of Le Roy's hometown fest, the Oatka Festival! Nestled alongside the picturesque Oatka Creek, this festival kicks off with a gala musical parade that sets the tone for a weekend filled with excitement. Indulge in delectable food options provided by local churches, organizations, and restaurants. Explore the arts and crafts show with stunning views of the Oatka Creek. Bring the whole family for a delightful duck derby and a range of engaging children's activities. As the sun sets, the local bars come alive with live music, DJs, and dancing ensuring a vibrant nightlife experience. With a "coming-home atmosphere," this festival is sure to make you feel right at home.

Genesee County Fair
July 22-29

Prepare for a week of fun and adventure at the historic Genesee County Fair, celebrating its remarkable 184th year! Located just a short drive away from Rochester and Buffalo, this fair offers an affordable summer activity for families. Experience classic fair foods, meet over 1,200 adorable animals, and enjoy exhilarating rides. With nightly live music, daily 4-H animal shows, pig races, wood carving demonstrations, pony rides, and amusement rides, there's never a dull moment at the Genesee County Fair. Don't miss out on this time-honored tradition!

Downtown Batavia's Annual Italian Festival
July 29

Join the energetic celebration of all things Italian at Downtown Batavia's Annual Italian Fest. This year, the festival has added an exciting classic car show to the mix. Discover the flavors of Italy with mouthwatering food, delectable pastries, and refreshing Italian ice. Browse through craft vendors, admire the classic cars on display, and delight in the lively atmosphere of Center, School, and Jackson Streets. Kids will have a blast at the dedicated Kids Zone, where they can enjoy various activities, indulge in cotton candy and snow cones, get their faces painted, and witness captivating live shows. This festival is a feast for the senses!

Genesee Country Village & Museum's Great Outdoor Fest
July 29

Immerse yourself in the beauty and adventure of the Genesee Valley Region at the Great Outdoor Fest hosted by the Genesee Country Village & Museum. This unique event celebrates the local landscape while raising awareness about conservation, land use, and climate change. Explore 19th-century historic homes and witness costumed interpreters utilizing locally sourced game and produce from heirloom gardens to create authentic dishes. Discover outdoor activities like hiking, foraging, kayaking, and fishing. Challenge yourself with axe throwing or learn the art of rock climbing. Marvel at the skills of lumberjacks and lumberjills as they showcase their talents in thrilling competitions. Make sure to visit the newly renovated Nature Center, where you can learn about the region's natural history and meet fascinating critters.

Genesee County in July is a playground of festivals and celebrations, offering an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike. From the Oatka Festival's hometown charm to the Genesee County Fair's timeless tradition, and the Downtown Batavia Italian Festival's lively ambiance, to the Great Outdoor Fest's adventurous spirit, there's an event for everyone.

Mark your calendars, pack your bags, and get ready to immerse yourself in the cultural heritage, natural beauty, and vibrant atmosphere of Genesee County this festival season!

For a full listing of Genesee County’s events, visit GeneseeCalendar.com

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