It's that time of year again! Are you ready for the Herkimer County Fair? 

I'm so glad to be back in Central New York. I've been missing out on the Great New York State Fair for years. The last time I went to the Herkimer County Fair, I was a little boy. In fact, it was at the 1983 fair that I tried fried dough for the first time. I try to make it myself from time to time but it just doesn't taste the same as fried dough from the fair.

Can you believe the fair has been around since 1841? My grandpa used to tell me his childhood fair stories. He recalls the days when it was held at the Herkimer County Agriculture Society. The event was a traveling road show until it eventually found a home in Herkimer at the site of the New York State Thruway exchange. Unfortunately the site was destroyed by fire. After the blaze, the fair relocated to Cemetery Hill Road in Frankfort. It remains there to this day.

Here's a rundown of fun filled events at this year's fair according to Herkimer County Fair.org:

TUESDAY AUGUST 16th

  • 3:00 pm.  - Opening Ceremonies - Memorial Park
  • 4:00 pm.  - Gates Officially Open
  • 4:00 pm.  - "Sports Challenge" at the M&T Bank Youth Arena
  • 5:30 pm.  - Small Animal Judging at the small Animal Bldg
  • 6:30 pm.  - "Jr. Miss, Little Mister, Little Miss Pageants" In the American Homes Entertainment Complex
  • 8:30 pm.  - "Princess, Prince, & Queen Pagents" In the American Homes Entertainment Complex
  • 10:30 pm.  - "FIREWORKS" In the "Vince's U Pull it" show ring.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17th

  • 9:30 am.  - Youth & Open Holstein Show in the Livestock Arena
  • 10:00 am.  - 4:00 P.M. Children's Day (Rides open at noon) - ½ Price for Adults & Seniors till 4:00 P.M.
  • 11:00 am.  - 2:00 P.M. - Senior Bingo
  • 5:00 pm.  - Kiddie Firematics in the M&T BANK Youth Arena
  • 6:00 pm.  - BrookField Garden Tractor Pull in the "Vinces' U Pull it" Show ring
  • 7:30 pm. &  9:30 pm.  - “The Van Dells” (50's - 60's) under the American Homes Entertainment Complex

THURSDAY AUGUST 18th

  • 9:30 am. - "Youth & Open Beef Show" in Live stock arena followed by "Meat Goat Show" in Live stock arena
  • 10:00 am. - 4:00 pm. "Children's Day" ( Rides open at noon)
  • 1:00 pm.- "ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY" at the Ag Awareness Bldg.
  • 5:00 pm. - "Youth & Open Sheep Show" in Livestock Arena
  • 5:00 pm. - "Kiddie Firematics" in the M&T BANK Youth Arena
  • 6:30 pm. - "Mini-Motorcycle Stunt Show & Quad Race" in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring
  • 7:30 pm. & 9:30 pm. - “Skeeter Creek” (Country) under the  American Homes Entertainment Complex

FRIDAY AUGUST 19th

  • 9:30 am. - "Youth & Open Colored Breed Dairy Show" in Live stock arena
  • 11:00 am. - 2:00 pm. "Agricultural Scavenger Hunt"
  • 1:00 pm.- "ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY" at the Ag Awareness Bldg.
  • 3:00 pm. - "Children's Pedal Tractor Pull" in the M&T BANK Youth Arena
  • 5:00 pm. - "Children's Pedal Tractor Pull" in the M&T BANK Youth Arena
  • 7:00 pm. - "Demolition Derby" in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring
  • 7:30 pm. & 9:30 pm. - “LoneSome Dove” (Country) under the  American Homes Entertainment Complex

SATURDAY AUGUST 20th

  • 9:00 am. - "Open & Youth Horse Show" in Horse Corral
  • 10:00 am. - "Open & Youth Goat Show" in Live Stock Arena 11:00 am. - "Soccer Kick" in the M & T Bank Youth Arena
  • 1:00 pm.- "Talent Show" under the American Home Entertainment    Complex
  • 4:00 pm. - "Children's Rodeo" in the M&T BANK Youth Arena
  • 6:00 pm. - "4 Wheel Drive Truck Pull" in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Show ring
  • 7:30 pm. & 9:30 pm. - “Chris Taylor & the Custom Taylor Band” (Country)

SUNDAY AUGUST 21st

  • 9:00 am. - "Open & Youth GymKana Horse Show" in Horse Corral
  • 11:00 am. - "Tractor Pull" in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Show ring
  • 11:00 am. - "Hoop Shoot" in the M & T Bank Youth Arena
  • 1:00 pm. - "Bug Country Showdown" - with the Grit-N-Grace Band
  • 3:00 pm. - "Farmyard Olympics" in the Livestock Arena
  • 4:00 pm. - "Children's Rodeo" in the M&T BANK Youth Arena
  • 6:00 pm. - "Children's Power Wheel Demo" in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Show ring
  • 7:30 pm. & 9:30 pm. - “Grit-N-Grace Band” (Country)

You can learn more at HerkimerCountyFair.Org.

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