Genesee County Fair Returns for 179th Year

Written by on July 2, 2018

Press Release:

The annual Genesee County Fair returns for its 179th year on July 16 – 21, 2018. This year’s fair will include a demolition derby, cowgirl couture barrel racing, an Empire State Pullers tractor pull, an expanded midway with nearly 20 rides and a host of other exciting changes and events to be enjoyed by the whole family.

New this year, the fair will be giving away tickets to the demolition derby and tractor pull on their Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the fair. Anyone wishing to win tickets can reply to a trivia question on the fair’s Facebook page for a chance. The fair is also hosting a Battle of the Bands on Thursday night, July 19. Several local bands will go head-to-head in the musical competition, with the winner playing the main stage on Friday night. The fair is pleased to announce the return of the talent show on July 21.

One of the longest consecutively running county fair in New York State is a short drive from both Rochester and Buffalo. Admission is $5 per carload, also making it one of the more affordable family activities of the summer. Since 1839, Upstate New York families have attended the annual fair at the Genesee County Fairgrounds to enjoy classic fair foods, meet and greet with animals (over 800 will be at the fair this year!), hop on the kids rides and more.

Attendees of the six-day fair will be treated to live music at Faith at the Fair on July 17, Under the Gun on July 21, as well as the winner of the battle of the bands competition on July 20, a creative container garden contest and chainsaw carvings. There will also be 4-H animal shows, tractor pulls, car shows, draft horse shows, stock car racing, a Fair Queen pageant and more.

Event Highlights:
7/16 Emergency Responder Night and Grande Parade through the Fairgrounds
7/17 Senior Citizen’s Day and Midway opens, Faith at the Fair
7/18 Children’s Day, 4H and Fair Queen Pageant
7/19 Veteran’s Day at the Fair, Battle of the bands and Special Stock Car races
7/20 Grand Demolition Derby and Cowgirl Couture Barrel Racing
7/21 Bring Your Tractor to the Fair Day with all day tractor pulls and the Empire State Pullers Show, Talent Show

For a complete list of events, visit To keep up-to-date on the latest happenings of the fair, visit the Genesee County Fair’s Facebook page. The fair is also accepting applications for both sponsors and volunteers. For more information visit

Parking is available in the fairgrounds and admission is $5 per carload. The Genesee County Fairgrounds are located at 5056 E Main Street Rd, Batavia NY.

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