Don't Miss These Hudson Valley County and State Fairs
Eleven fairs to eat, play, and experience local life.
July 18–28: Orange County Fair
It’s all about the engines at the Orange County Fair, where you’ll find the best vehicular entertainment from monster trucks to the demolition derby. Last year, the fair had a “slamming” good time with three matches from Global Force Wrestling. Apart from its unique taste in carnival fun, this fair still maintains the county-fair feel with traditional and thrill-seeking rides and other entertainment.
Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, www.orangecountyfair.com
Photo courtesy of Saratoga County Fair
July 23–28: Saratoga County Fair
Besides hosting annual car, truck, and dog shows, the Saratoga County Fair is a dedicated time for the whole family to come and enjoy the county fair experience. Renowned for its family-friendly environment, this fair guarantees a memorable outing with rides, games, and engaging activities.
Saratoga County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Ballston Spa, www.saratogacountyfair.org
July 25–28: The Greene County Youth Fair
July belongs to the youth of Greene County. The Greene County Fair showcases both the talent and creativity produced through 4-H Club participation. For 4-H Club enthusiasts, this fair is the place to be this summer. Apart from its agricultural grandeur, this fair provides other means of entertainment for all ages. The children can enjoy the activities area while the adults can enjoy the traditional forestry and conservation displays.
Angelo Canna Town Park, Mountain Ave, Cairo, www.thegreenecountyyouthfair.com
July 26–28: Putnam County Fair
Rain or shine, the Putnam County Fair is a fun-infused weekend for 4-H and non 4-H participants alike. Drawing local musicians and talents, baked goods, and animals, the fair’s highlight is the Country-Living auction, which is held on Saturday of that week. Participants can bid on donated items by referring to the fair’s website.
Putnam Veterans Memorial Park, Carmel, putnam.cce.cornell.edu
Photo provided by The Great New York State Fair
Aug 21–Sept 2: The GREAT New York State Fair
Ranked as America’s third-largest state fair, the Great New York State Fair features an endless array of events, experiences, and top-of-the-line entertainment. Acclaimed for its musical performances, the 2019 lineup will feature two shows per day with bands like Bad Company and Dropkick Murphys, among others.
581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, 315.487.7711 ext. 1222, https://nysfairgrounds.ny.gov
July 30–Aug 4: Ulster County Fair
One wristband is all you need to enjoy this Hudson Valley favorite experience in New Paltz. Hailed as a “gem,” the Ulster County Fair is acclaimed for its variety of rides for all ages, musical performances, showcase of animals, and superb local food. Thursday is a special day for seniors: those 62 or older receive free admission!
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz; www.ulstercountyfair.com
Photo by Kate Covell and Robert Lennek
Aug 12–17: Delaware County Fair
Attracting more than 80,000 people each year, this fair offers a diverse assortment of events, local cuisine, and 1000+ animal encounters. In addition, Dreamland Amusements will return for their second year with new rides. The fair will host Danny Grant and his “Cowboy Circus,” described as one of the most interactive and entertaining showmen in the industry. Be on the lookout for one of his “strolling” shows.
Delaware County Fair, Walton, www.delawarecountyfair.org
photo courtesy of Discover Albany
Aug 13–18: Altamont Fair
Celebrating its 125th year, the Altamont Fair promises to deliver the best with a plethora of rides, food, and entertainment for the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Apart from its traditional fair attractions, Altamont features a variety of museums and 10 new acts this year including sword swallowers, strong women, and snake enchanters.
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, www.altamontfair.com
Photo by Zoraida Lopez
Aug 20–25: Dutchess County Fair
New York’s second-largest county fair is nearing its 200th anniversary. The Dutchess County Fair is a prized summer destination for Hudson Valley residents and non-residents. Highlights include two midways with rides, craft and food vendors, 4H exhibits and competitions, and a Grandstand concert series. In 2019, for the first time ever, you can purchase cheese made from the cows that were milked during the fair!
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck; www.dutchessfair.com
Aug 28–Sept 2: Columbia County Fair
The Columbia County Fair returns for its 179th year, bringing back midway rides; monster tractors, livestock, crafts, and talent competitions; a firefighters’ parade, and more. This year, the fair will host the New York Truck Pulling Circuit, where competitors show off their muscle to see which vehicle can pull the most weight.
Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham Village, www.columbiafair.com
Photo by Joe Johnson
Aug 28–Sept 2: Schaghticoke Fair
Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, the Schaghticoke Fair ranks as the third oldest fair in the state. Besides the abundance of rides, baked goods, crafts, and animals, this event also hosts a horse show and horse-jumping competitions. Live music is also a staple with headliners like Trace Adkins. Opening day is only $1 admission.
Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, www.schaghticokefair.com
Sept 6–8: Yorktown Grange Fair
Westchester no longer has a county fair, but it does have this timeless treasure. For almost 100 years, the Yorktown Grange Fair has been showcasing the community’s cream of the crop. People near and far come to see the best in vegetables, baking, livestock, and other farm goods. You’ll also find rides, family-oriented activities, interactive programs, and live music.
Yorktown Grange, Yorktown Heights, www.yorktowngrangefair.org