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:

TUESDAY AUGUST 18th

 

  3:00 P.M. - Opening Ceremonies-Memorial Park
4:00 P.M. - Gates Officially Open
4:00 P.M. - "Sports Challenge" at the M&T Bank Youth Arena - Sponsored by STEWART’S SHOPS T-Shirts by Coke
5:30 P.M  - Small Animal Judging at the small Animal Bldg
6:30 P.M. - Jr. Miss, Little Mister, Little Miss Pageants
In the American Homes Entertainment Complex - Sponsored by GILLETTE SHOWS
8:30 P.M. - Princess, Prince, & Queen Pagents
In the American Homes Entertainment Complex - Sponsored by GILLETTE SHOWS & AMERICAN HOMES
10:30 P.M. - FIREWORKS In the "Vince's U Pull it" show ring.

 

WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 19th

 

10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Children's Day (Rides open at noon) & ½ Price for Adults & Seniors till 4:00 P.M.
9:30 A.M. - Youth & Open Holstein Show in the Livestock Arena
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. - Senior Bingo
5:00 P.M. - Kiddie Firematics in the M&T BANK Youth Arena Sponsored by STEWART'S SHOPS
6:00 P.M. - Youth Beef Fitting in the Livestock Arena
6:00 P.M. - BrookField Garden Tractor Pull in the "Vinces' U Pull it" Show ring
7:30 P.M. & 9:30 P.M. - “ Shania Twin ” (country) under the American Homes Entertainment Complex

 

THURSDAY. AUGUST 20th

 

10:00 A.M- 4 P.M. Children's Day ( Rides open at noon)
11:30 A.M. - Youth Meat Goat Show in Livestock Arena
12:00 P.M. - Youth Beef Show in Livestock Arena
1:00 P.M. - ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY at the Ag Awareness Bldg.
Sponsored by STEWARTS SHOPS & HERKIMER COUNTY DAIRY PROMOTION
3:00 P.M. - Youth Sheep Show in Livestock Arena
5:00 P.M. - Kiddie Firematics in the M&T BANK Youth Arena Sponsored by M&T BANK
6:00 P.M. - Youth Dairy Goat Show in Livestock Arena
7:00 P.M. - " Double M Rodeo " in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring
Sponsored by LITTLE FALLS LUMBER, TRI-VALLEY BEVERAGE and TRACTOR SUPPLY - Herkimer
7:30 P.M  &  9:30 P.M.  - “ Ruby Shooz ” (Rock & Roll) under the  American Homes Entertainment Complex

 

FRIDAY. AUGUST 21st

 

9:30 A.M. - Youth & Open Colored Breed Dairy Show in Livestock Arena
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. - Agricultural Scavenger Hunt Sponsored by NORTHERN SAFETY, Bikes by Coca Cola
3:00 P.M. - Children's Pedal Tractor Pull  In the M&T BANK YOUTH ARENA Sponsored by M&T BANK.
5:00 P.M. - Children's Pedal Tractor Pull  In the M&T BANK YOUTH ARENA Sponsored by CENTRAL PAVING
7:00 P.M. - DEMOLITION DERBY in "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring Sponsored by VINCE U-PULL-IT
7:30 P.M. & 9:30 P.M. "Showtime" Music Variety under the AMERICAN HOMES ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 22nd

 

  9:00 A.M. - YOUTH HORSE SHOW in the Horse Corral Sponsored by Center State Sams
11:00 A.M. - Soccer Kick in the M&T BANK Youth Arena Sponsored by STEWARTS' SHOP
11:30 A.M. - Open Meat Goat Show in the Livestock Arena
12:30 P.M. - Open Beef Show in the Livestock Arena
1:00 P.M. - TALENT SHOW  under the American Home Entertainment Complex Sponsored by ILION TRUE VALUE HARDWARE
3:00 P.M. - Open Sheep Show in the Livestock Arena
4:00 P.M. - CHILDRENS RODEO in the M&T BANK YOUTH ARENA Sponsored by M&T BANK
5:00 P.M. - Open Goat Show in the  Livestock Arena
6:00 P.M. - 4 Wheel Drive Truck Pull In the "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring
Sponsored by HARBOR POINT ENERGY PRODUCTS, MID VALLEY AUTO-Ilion, &
4-SEASONS TIRE & AUTO REPAIR
7:30 P.M. & 9:30 P.M. “ The Swamp Drivers " (blues) under the  American Homes Entertainment Complex

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 23rd

 

11:00 A.M. - TRACTOR PULL in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring Sponsored by CLINTON TRACTOR & CAZENOVIA EQUIPMENT
11:00 A.M. - Hoop Shoot  in the M&T BANK youth arena Sponsored by STEWARTS' SHOPS
1:00 P.M. - BUG COUNTRY SHOWDOWN
3:00 P.M. - Farmyard Olympics in the Livestock Arena
4:00 P.M. - CHILDRENS RODEO  In the M&T BANK YOUTH ARENA Sponsored by M&T BANK
5:00 P.M. - Brookfield Garden Tractor Pull in the "Vinces' U Pull It" Showring Sponsored
7:00 P.M. " JD & the Rollin South Band " under the American Homes Entertainment Complex

You can learn more at HerkimerCountyFair.Org.