Genesee County Fair expanding

Apr 30, 2019

Ride at Genesee County fair

The Genesee County Fair is growing at an exceptional rate, and this year fair-goers can see many new and exciting changes.

Since developing a multi-year plan in 2013, the Genesee County Fair has been seeing double digit growth every year since, jumping from 13,000 people in 2013 to 30,000 last year.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, in the Ag Society department review at the Genesee County Human Services committee on Monday it was revealed James E. Strates midways, which is one of the largest midways in the country, will for the first time in 40 years will be providing rides for the Genesee County Fair. James E. Strates used to do midway for the New York State Fair up until three years ago and currently does the Erie County Fair.

Vendors out of state also want to come into the Genesee County Fair, and the camping area has been expanded. This year as well the fair will be going to an eight day fair, and the society has been toying with the idea of having a preview day on Friday for the public as everything is being set up.

The youth programming is also growing to the point for the first time ever, Genesee County Fair will be introducing a rotation system for the livestock because there just isn’t enough barn space. In the past year there was over 800 heads of large animals, which is substantially more than Erie County gets.

The fair this year will be from July 13 to July 20.

By Mallory Diefenbach, Batavia Daily News