CANANDAIGUA --- Focused on promoting and advancing the agricultural industry in Ontario County, the Ontario County Fair will run July 21-25 at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, located at 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua.
Dedicated to “the promotion of better agriculture, better industry and better education of today’s youth,” the fair features a wide ranging array of activities including bands, performances and demonstrations, 4-H animal shows, rides, games, a pie baking contest and motor sports events such as demolition derby events. The fair invites those in attendance to “come grow with us” reflecting on the mission of the fair to provide both entertainment and education to fairgoers.
New this year is the Nightly Give-A-Ways. County Fair attendees can fill out a form and drop it off after they enter the Fair. Each night at 8 p.m. there will be a drawing for a different grand prize: $250 Eastview Mall Shopping Spree on July 21, Family Fun Gift Pack for Four July 22 and 23, Grill and Cookout Pack July 24 and a $500 Shopping Spree at Runnings on July 25. Give-A-Way forms can be downloaded from the web site, and are available at various retailers in the community before the Fair or on the fairgrounds during the Fair.
Another highlight at this year’s Ontario County Fair is the Empire State Pullers/Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Tractor Pull and WNYPFP Semi-Truck Pull that takes place 7 p.m. July 24.
Each day also has a different theme. Tuesday, July 21 is Fit Fair/Senior Day; Wednesday, July 22 is Public Servant Day; Thursday, July 23 is Remember When Day; Friday, July 24 is Ag Day, and Saturday, July 25 is Family Day. Each themed day brings with it special events in addition to the general events planned.
“Our continuation to build relationships with area businesses and community partners allow us to bring a better Fair to the whole public each year,” says Ontario County Fair President Casey Kunes. “It is this environment that allows our youth to gain responsibility and communication and showmanship skills that helps them be positive contributors to society.”
Kunes expects attendance to reach at least 15,000 this year.
Parking is $8 per car or $5 for singles, motorcycles or walk ins. Admission to the Grandstand for large events is $10 for adults (14 and up) and $5 for youths (8-13). Further information and a more complete list of events can be found at www.ontariocountyfair.org.
All media inquiries and interview requests can be directed to Ontario County Fair President Casey Kunes at (585) 727-0948 and Ontario County Fair Secretary Shana Jo Hilton at (585) 747-9698.