Live Music 2014 Stage Line-Up

We are pleased to announce that we will have live music every night of the fair for 2014! All stage performances are FREE with admission, so come on out and enjoy the show!

Kid Kurry goes on stage Thursday at 6:30pm.

Cherry Bomb on Friday at 6:30pm.

Johnny Bauer on Saturday at 6:30pm.

97 Southbound on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Also on stage will be the 4-H Fashion show Friday at 3:00pm immediately followed by the 4-H awards presentation!

You can also catch our Talent show on stage, preliminaries on Thursday at noon and finals on Saturday at noon (there’s still time to enter – all ages welcome – click on the Exhibits&Shows link above and it’s listed at the bottom).

See you at the show!

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Talent Show returns! Regular entry deadlines extended.

The Monroe County Fair is pleased to announce the return of the Talent Show to this year’s fair! That talent show has two age divisions and is open to all. Information, including the entry form, is listed under our Exhibitors/Shows section, or you can click on the link here. The entry deadline for the talent show is July 24th.

We are also extending the regular entry deadline for our other open shows to July 14th. This includes the arts, foods, crafts, and livestock shows. For all our shows, please submit your entries as soon as possible to make sure we have room for you!

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2014 Community Project

As part of the Monroe County Fair, we will be collecting knitted and sewn hats and mittens for the children of the Rochester Ronald McDonald House, sizes premie infant through large child.  We will accept the donated items at the Ski Lodge at Northampton Park on Monday, July 28th from 9am to 12pm.  We also encourage you to enter the home-made hats and mittens in our Fabric & Home Arts competition, so we can display your work during the fair before taking the donations to the Ronald McDonald House the following week.  

We enjoy giving back to the community each year and look forward to contributing to the Ronald McDonald house this year as we did last year with seamless pillow cases for the Wilmot Cancer Center.  We like to contribute to a variety of groups, so if you have suggestions for community projects that we can help out through future fair donation drives, please email the name and contact information to monroefair@gmail.com. 

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2014 Fair dates: July 31st – August 3rd

We are in the early stages of planning for the 2014 Monroe County Fair.  Our fair dates for next year will be July 31st – August 3rd (Thursday – Sunday).

Expect more details over the winter as our plans take shape.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

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Counting down!

The 2013 Monroe County Fair starts in less than two weeks!

We are counting down until opening day on August 1st, working hard on the final details to get everything ready for all of you when you attend the fair! The prize ribbons are here in all their many colors, the tents are on their way, the site is getting ready, the fair food and music are being finalized… we are excited about what we will have to offer the public!

There’s more information in the links above (Visitors, Directions, etc.), but here’s the basic information for everyone planning to attend:

The 2013 Monroe County Fair – August 1st-4th

Thurs: 1pm-10pm, Fri: 11am-10pm, Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-7pm

Tickets are $7, $6 for Seniors, and free for kids 12 and under – available at the gate only.

Parking is free!  Click here for directions.

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Thank you

We thank the Monroe County Legislature for their time and consideration, and for voting to approve having the Monroe County Fair at Northampton Park.  We also would like to thank the people who came and spoke in favor having fair at Northampton.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

You can find more information on the exhibitions, events, and attractions that will be at this year’s fair by clicking on the links above.

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In the News…

We were pleased to see our change of location written about in the May 28th’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.  We’re excited about this opportunity, and we hope you are too!  County Parks Director Larry Staub addressed a couple concerns in the newspaper article, and we are working with his staff, the Ogden Police department, the Ogden Town Board, and other local agencies to minimize any possible impacts.  Since the area is only very sparsely populated, we think the only negative impact might be the increased traffic and we are already working on plans to handle that.

We do wish the article had included more coverage about what a great opportunity this is!  We look forward to helping the county parks department improve the small portion of the park we will be using to make it a good home for our fair and a more enjoyable and useful park for all county residents the rest of the year.  Since it takes awhile to do due diligence and go through all the different county approval processes, this year we will only have time to put in the horse riding arena* and the solid earth base for the tractor and horse pulls.  For anything that needs shelter this year, we are renting tents or housing a few things in the Northampton Ski Lodge.

Going forward, we do hope to build some three-season structures such as a few typical park lodges and some open-sided wood shelters for exhibitors such as the 4-H youth.  We are working the county parks department on the design and layout of these potential structures so that they will be useful for both the fair and for park visitors the rest of the year.

We think we have a lot to offer through these park improvements, and by bringing the fair back to its focus on youth, agriculture, and community.  We are really looking forward to all the changes this year, and we hope you will come visit us during the fair to check them out for yourself.  See you at the fair!

*We’ve encountered some confusion, so we want to say that the fair only uses an outdoor horse arena. What we will be building is a wood fence around a prepared riding ground, not a big barn for an indoor arena.

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