2021 Ontario County Fair gears up for its 178th Anniversary

“Cultivating the Next Generation”

The 178th Ontario County Fair to be held July 27 through July 31, is preparing for another successful year at the Ontario County Fairgrounds. Fair organizers have produced a dynamic schedule staying true to the Fair’s agricultural roots, while at the same time offering audiences a creative entertainment schedule.

Schedule highlights include:

Tuesday, July 27: Senior Day Sponsored by MVP

2:00 pm *NEW  NY Sire Stakes Harness Racing

4-6 pm 4-H Public Presentations

6 pm 3D Barrel Racing

6 – 7:30 pm ROC Flight (flyball) & Team PF Flyers (frisbee)

Wednesday, July 28:

6:30 – 8:30 pm Taste of the Finger Lakes $10 with Nate Michaels

7:00 pm Land of Legends Enduro Race *grandstand fee

Thursday, July 29: Ag Day Sponsored by Ontario County Farm Bureau

4:00 Town of  Cdga Ag Committe presents –

5:00 Ontario County Farm Bureau presents

7:30 Barnyard Olympics sponsored by MW FFA

Ag Day – Town of Canandaigua Agricultural Committee presents

7:00 pm Tuff Trucks Tug of Warz by Kirby’s Compound *grandstand fee

7:00 Ruby Shooz

Friday, July 30:

Ontario County Fair Beef Cattle Breed Show

7:00 pm Lucas Oil Truck & Tractor Pull by Empire State Pullers *grandstand fee

7-10 Frankie Wheeler – Live Music

Saturday, July 31 Family Day Sponsored by CNB

11 am  Open  Game Show  (Ck in 9:30-10:45)

12 pm  2nd Annual Ewe Classic sponsored by the Empire Sheep Producers

12 pm Registered Jackpot Heifer Show

7-10 pm Live music George Hayes and  the Invisible Man

7:00 pm Demolition Derby – Sponsored by Tradition Automotive Group Geneva ~ Neward


“”The Ontario County Fair Board is proud to celebrate our 178th County Fair.  After having to cancel last year we are excited to be able to offer our vendors, participants and the public the opportunity to once again take part…or…take in the County Fair”, said Casey Kunes, Ontario County Fair President.  “We are committed to providing a venue where people can exhibit agricultural products of all types and to educate the public and foster the development of our youth.  After all, our motto is ‘Cultivating the Next Generation’”.

Featured events such as 4-H youth activities and events, youth livestock and animal shows, vendors and Exhibitors Hall, live music and food vendors and Midway rides by Playland Amusements will also occur daily.

Other free featured attractions include Party Animals Petting Zoo, model train displays, and Ontario County sheriff demonstrations.

Fairgoers can learn about Ontario County agriculture by visiting the animal exhibits, rooster crowing contests, dairy shows and livestock challenges.


George A. Payne Fund & Apprenticeship Program Announces Second Annual Winners!

Established in 2019, and having a year off due to COVID the George A. Payne Fund & Apprenticeship Program announced Avah Gladle will serve as the  2021 apprentice.  Avah is excited for the opportunity to work with Mr. Payne at the 2021 Ontario County Fair.

Avah is graduating from Marcus Whitman and plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill to major in Beef and Livestock Management and Business.  Avah is a hard worker with a “can-do” attitude. The first year she attended the fair, she had just a few entries, but over the years, Avah has challenged herself to learn and grow. She now cares for rabbits, turkeys, sheep, and beef cattle . Avah is active in the FFA receiving her Empire Degree and 4-H. Avah hopes that her role as Mr. Payne’s Assistant will help her learn to run a fair from start to finish.

Congratulations Avah!


The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and New York State Showpeople’s Association 2021 Scholarship

Thank you to all those who submitted applications! The Ontario County Fair is proud to have so many active youth members in our community. This year OCF had ONE applications selected by our district, which will now move to the State Association for consideration.


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.