The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and New York State Showpeople’s Association 2019 Scholarship Application is now available!

Scholarship applications can be submitted directly to the Ontario County Agricultural Society at P.O. Box 324, Canandaigua, NY 14424. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 12th. Click Here for the 2019 Scholarship Application.

The Ontario County Agriculture Fair Society is proud to announce the establishment of the George A. Payne Fund and Apprenticeship Program.

This Fund & Apprenticeship Program honors the lifework of our friend and colleague, George A. Payne, who has served the Ontario County Fair since 1945, and continues to contribute to the successful running of the Ontario County Fair even today. This program will afford students the opportunity to work with the Fair Board to gain organizational and interpersonal skills, and to help propel them toward a fulfilling career and a lifetime of giving back while also bringing enhancements to the fair itself. Visit the page “George A. Payne Fund” under our “About the Fair” tab or click here for more information.

The initial contribution to the Fund is from George’s children, who have seen their own lives shaped and enhanced by their father’s love of the Fair and Ontario County. Join us in celebrating by making a donation to the George A. Payne Fund and Apprenticeship Program by contacting any of the Fair Board members or mail your contribution to Ontario County Fair at P.O. Box 324, Canandaigua, NY 14424.


Construction is well underway! Check back to follow the progress and stay tuned for our upcoming “Name the Barn” contest!

Roofing and Framing
Site Development

Celebrating 175 years:

The Ontario County Fair Board is proud to be able to celebrate our 175th Anniversary. I believe it is a testament to the perseverance of all the members involved throughout our past. I think it’s great that what was the main objective of the fair in its beginnings is still a large part of what we do now: To provide a venue where people can exhibit agricultural products of all types and educate the public and foster the development of our youth-after all our motto is “Cultivating the Next Generation”.
– Casey Kunes, President

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide a leading venue for showcasing Ontario County Agriculture, heritage and businesses that a “#1 agricultural county to live in” has to offer.  Ontario County Fair will cultivate the next generation by providing programs that promote positive youth development and community education. Foster and grow our connection with Ontario County products along with offering wholesome family entertainment.