In addition to the Great New York State Fair, New York is home to more than 50 county and youth fairs that 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.
The Department's Division of Animal Industry sets guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of animals at county fairs across New York, in addition to the Great New York State Fair. Animal health requirements for 2022 county fairs and New York State Fair are posted below.
Avoid problems at fair time. Review the Exhibitor Prefair Guidelines now.
Taking an animal to a New York fair? You will not be able to enter the fairgrounds until these requirements have been met.
Are you bringing an animal from another state to a New York fair? Find out what you need to do in order to bring your animal to the fair.
The Allegany County Fair
The Dutchess County Fair
The Saratoga County Fair
The Essex County Fair
The Washington County Fair
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.