One of the longest consecutively running county fairs in New York State, the Genesee County Fair, is celebrating its 180th year! A short drive from both Rochester and Buffalo, and at just $5 per carload, it’s one of the most affordable family activities of the summer. Since 1839, Upstate New York families have attended the annual fair at the Genesee County Fairgrounds to enjoy classic fair foods, meet and greet with animals (over 800 will be at the fair this year!), hop on the rides and more.
In 2019 the annual county fair is growing to include a second weekend! Over the nine days of the fair, attendees will enjoy nightly live music, daily 4-H animal shows, pig races, wood carving, and an expanded Midway courtesy of Strates Shows Inc. New this year, are a preview night, new Midway rides, and more free entertainment – including pig races daily, balloon demonstrations, a birds of prey show and trick riding during intermission at one of our draft horse shows.
The special preview night on Friday, July 12 begins at 4 pm with no admission to enter fairgrounds for the evening, Midway rides and a karaoke qualifier at 7 pm. The full fair activities open on Saturday, July 13 at 9AM.
2019 Fair Highlights
- Draft horse shows
- Stock car racing
- Demolition derby
- 16 rides at the Midway from States Shows Inc
- Live music every night
- Daily 4-H animal shows
- Food, Games and Vendors
- Birds of Prey (Sunday)
- Pig Races Daily
- Small Fry Tractor Pulls
- Garden Tractor Pulls
- $5 per carload July 13-19
- Saturday, July 20 is Family Day with Midway ride wristbands for a carload of up to 7 legally seat belted people for $50.
- $20 Pit Pass for July 19 Demolition Derby. Tickets are $10 for kids ages 5-12 and $15 for kids 13 & older. Tickets for this fan-favorite event can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/genesee-county-fair-demolition-derby-tickets-63607692320
The fair is hosting special deals for senior citizens, veterans, kids, and emergency responders on select days throughout the week. Fans can keep up with the deals and news on Facebook, where the fair will be holding four trivia contests to give away tickets to the demolition derby and coupons to the Ag Society’s food stand, the Chuckwagon.
Event Schedule Highlights:
7/12: Preview night with free parking, rides open and karaoke qualifiers
7/13: Drive Your Tractor to the Fair Day, karaoke finals, Racing at Genesee Speedway
7/14: Senior Citizens Day, six horse hitch classes (including local Trick Rider), Birds of Prey
7/15: Veteran’s Day at the Fair
7/16: Rochester Regional Health Day, 4-H Shows
7/17: Kid’s Day, Emergency Responder’s night, Small Fry Tractor Pull (sponsored by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Genesee County Pamona Grange, and Duane Schmigel), Fair Parade, Eagle tractor Pullers
7/18: HP Hood Day
7/19: Celebrate 4-H Day, Demolition Derby
7/20: Family Day, Drive Your Tractor to the Fair Day, Racing at Genesee Speedway
For a complete list of events, visit gcfair.com/fair-schedule/. To keep up-to-date on the latest happenings of the fair, visit the Genesee County Fair’s Facebook page. The fair is also accepting applications for both sponsors and volunteers. For more information visit gcfair.com
Parking is available on the fairgrounds for $5 per carload. The Genesee County Fairgrounds are located at 5056 E Main Street Rd, Batavia NY.