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Come To The 2019 Monroe County Fair

Join us August 2-4!

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New Location - 6565 East River Road, Rush, NY

Admission Just $5 Per Car!

2019 Fair Dates & Times:

Friday August 2nd: Noon – 9PM
Saturday August 3rd:  10AM – 9PM
Sunday August 4th: 10AM – 5PM
Admission Just $5 per car

Fair History

Throughout it’s long history, The Monroe County (NY) Fair has experienced dozens of ups and downs. For a nutshell history, see “Whatever Happened To The (Old) Monroe County Fair?” As the article points out, during the past decade, there’s been a big decline in the size of the fair. Now, having just completed it’s 2nd year at a new location in Rush, things are looking up. While the Monroe County Fair is still small compared to other county fairs, it has begun to take on it’s own unique character. While the rides and midway are gone, the carnival atmosphere has been replaced with a more family friendly vibe that puts the emphasis on agriculture, animal shows, crafts, music and promoting local talent. With the dates set for 2019, the fair looks to expand it’s offerings. It may comes as a surprise, but the fair operates without any support from the county it serves. It is only through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors that the Monroe County Fair tradition continues. If you would like to get involved, contact the fair office at 585.662.5543 or email eileenmcf@me.com.

Just Announced: Wild About Horses!

In the Horse Arena, the 2019 Monroe County Fair presents, “Wild About Horses.”
All ages will enjoy watching local trainers showcase their talents and different equestrian disciplines including Rush’s own Phil Dagger and his beautiful Paint horse.  Plus: meet and great the men and women of the Monroe County Mounted Patrol who protect and patrol all over the city of Rochester, malls, and events.  
• For the kids, Hart To Hart Morgans will be providing pony rides (extra fee) Friday and Saturday. 
• Practice your aim roping a steer head with a lariat. 
Need to satisfy that inner cowpoke but don’t want to ride a real horse?  Rupert, the wooden horse will be saddled up to allow cowboys and cowgirls to get the feel of a real horse without hitting the trail.
Times and dates forthcoming.

Days Until The Fair!








What’s To See and Do at The Monroe County Fair!

The Monroe County Fair is a family fair with the emphasis on agriculture, horticulture and husbandry. Enjoy great food including Chicken Barbeque and much more. Live music under the tent featuring The Jimmy Jam band on Saturday, 2-5 followed by the Cross-Eyed Cats Band, 5:30-8:30 and Green Rose Acoustic Sunday Noon-3. There will also be Horse Events, a Pet show, Talent show and Garden Tractor pull on Sunday! See the schedule below for more information.

Schedule of Events:

(Times are subject to change due to weather, etc.)
Pre-Fair Exhibit Drop-offs:

Mon July 29th: 9am-12pm drop-off exhibits for Home Arts & Photography

Tues July 30th: 9am-12pm drop-off exhibits for Fine Arts

Fri Aug 2nd: 8am-11am drop-off exhibits for Flowers & Vegetables
 & 9am-12pm drop-off exhibits for Foods
Food & Fare
Tom Wahl’s Food Truck – Burgers, ice cream
Saturday noon til gone!!! Chicken BBQ – RC’s BBQ

Friday, Aug 2nd
, 12 NOON: Fair Opens! – $5.00 per car
Hart to Hart Morgan’s – Pony Rides (extra fee)
7:00pm – Pet Show

9:00pm: Fair closes for the night

Saturday, Aug 3rd

Trolley Rides – from NYS Museum of Transportation
Hart to Hart Morgan’s – Pony Rides (extra fee)

10:00am: Fair Opens
10:00am: Horse Events in the Arena
10:30am: Arrive for Talent Show
11:00am: Technical Rehearsal-TALENT SHOW
NOON…til gone!!!: Chicken BBQ $12.00

12:15pm: Finals, Judged Performances—TALENT SHOW 

12:00pm: Open Meat Goat show
2:00-5:00pm: Jimmy Jam band
5:30-8:30pm: Green Rose Acoustic
9:00pm: Fair closes for the night

Sunday, Aug 4th

Trolley Rides– from NYS Museum of Transportation
10:00am: Fair Opens
10:00am: Horse Events in the Arena
12:00pm: American Dairy Goat Assoc. Goat Show

1:00pm: Garden Tractor Pull
4:45pm: Begin pick up of entries at Home Arts Building 

5:00pm: Fair closes for the year – see you again in late July/early August 2020!

Trolley Rides!

Take in the Fair and the visit the New York Museum of Transportation. Trolley Rides, Friday- $2.
Special Museum Hours – Saturday 11-8 / Sunday 11- 5! (Regular Admission)

Garden Tractor Pull

Western NY Garden Tractor Pullers Association Tractor Pull
Club Cadet to Club Corvette!
NEW – “Straight Off The Lawn” – Just drop your mower deck and see if your garden tractor is as tough as you think!
Hottest, Wildest Garden Tractors you’ve ever seen.
Sunday starting at 1PM – (Earplugs optional!)

New Horse Ring!

As part of the on-going renovations and improvements at the Fair’s Rush home, a 115′ x 200′ horse ring was built in 2018 for the horse events!



Great Live Music - Saturday & Sunday

2019 Music Line up:
Saturday 2-5PM: Jimmy Jam band
Saturday 5:30-8:30: Green Rose Acoustic

The Monroe County Fair runs on good spirited, dedicated volunteers. If you’d like to be part of the fair’s growing team of volunteers, click here –

Come and See the Fair’s New Home!

After several years without a permanent home, The Monroe County Fair has moved to the Town of Rush. This beautiful country location is convenent to all points of Monroe County and the surrounding area. In addition, there’s plenty of room to grow. As a bonus, it’s right in the neighborhood with the NY Museum of Transportation and The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum.

Plan now to make a day of it at the Monroe County Fair!

Each year at the Monroe County Fair, the CCE-Monroe 4-H team provides a sampling of activities a youth might experience in 4-H.  A 4-H Educator will be on-site to answer questions about our program and provide an engaging activity for youth to explore. Club and member projects will also be showcased. In addition, our Alpaca club will provide an animal show, our K-9 Dog Club will provide an obedience demonstration (Saturday), and club members will have rabbits available for youth to pet.

Interested in animals?  How about bugs?  Have an eye for photography or enjoy cooking?  These are just some of the many interests that a young person could find in 4-H.

4-H is a community of young people across America who learn while working with caring adults.  The program allows young people to learn by doing—and, in 4-H, they can do just about anything that interests them.  The 4-H  program is run through each county’s local Cooperative Extension, here in Monroe County this is Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County (CCE- Monroe). Our 4-H program serves all youth living in the City of Rochester and our Monroe County’s suburban and rural communities.  Youth have opportunities to participate in interest-based clubs, as well as take advantage of the many events and fun learning experiences provided through recreation centers, community centers, libraries, schools, and parks. Membership is open to young people ages 5 to 18.  To learn more about 4-H, please contact our local office at: www.monroe.cornell.edu. Check out our 4-H Facebook page to see all the great opportunities available to youth though CCE-Monroe 4-H.   https://www.facebook.com/4HMonroeCounty

Remembering Jerry Farrell 1941-2018

Monroe County Fair Vice President, Jerry Farrell passed away on October 16. He will long be remembered as a dedicated, hard-working champion of the The Fair and will be greatly missed. Read Jerry’s Obituary

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