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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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We’re Moving!

We are pleased to announce that we are moving the fair!  We are currently working with the Monroe County Parks Department to host the 2013 fair at Northampton Park in Ogden, NY.

This move will give us the opportunity to focus on what makes the county fair a great event, distinct from all the other wonderful summer events in the greater Rochester area.  Expect to see new attractions like tractor pulls, visits from the Dairy Princess, and more local foods alongside our traditional animal, foods, crafts, and gardening competitions, music acts at the stage, and a kid friendly midway.  Expect to see more information posted here and on our facebook page throughout the summer as we get ready to host a great Monroe County Fair!

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2013 Exhibitor Handbook

The Exhibitor Handbook for 2013 is now being posted under the “Exhibitors” link above.

If you’ve never show in the county fair before, it’s a great way to have fun, meet people with the same interests, or see how your gardening skills, or your pet bunny, or your grandma’s pie recipe stacks up against the local competition!  Ribbons and prizes awarded!

If you have entered in a competition at the county fair before, welcome back!  We look forward to seeing you again at the show!

More information on showing at the county fair here!

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