A girl resting with her cow during a County Fair.

County Fairs

County Fairs
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Overview

In addition to the Great New York State Fair, New York is home to more than 50 county and youth fairs operate from July through early October, with the Long Island Fair closing out the season. Local fairs provide visitors with family-friendly fun, great music, and delicious food. They also offer a unique opportunity to learn about local agriculture, including where our food comes from, and how it is grown, harvested, and marketed to the public.

Improving Fair Infrastructure

The Department administers the Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program. This program awards county and youth fairs across the state with funding to offset the cost of improvements and renovation projects that support New York's agricultural industry. 

The funding can be used to build, repair, replace, acquire, or install fairground buildings, facilities or equipment that are used to house or promote agriculture. To receive the funding, fairs must submit the scope of work and estimated budget for proposed projects to the Department.

A total of $20 million has been dedicated to revitalizing county fairs since 2016. For more information please contact us.

Resources

With 1.1 million visitors in 2018 alone, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture and provides top-quality entertainment. The fair will run from August 26 to September 7, 2020.