Agriculture, New York State’s #1 industry! The NYSAAF Agricultural Awareness program provides support to the local County Fairs to showcase New York’s best in agriculture and livestock.
Each year the program goal is to make funds available to Fairs to create exhibits or facility improvements that support agriculture during their annual events. These funds enable the local Fair to present something about New York agriculture with an emphasis on education and product promotion in the local area. With the support of the people, the local Fair is the showcase.
In 2018 there are eleven (11) Fairs eligible for the program they are;
Boonville-Oneida County Fair, Boonville, NY - July 24-29 – Be sure to visit the Dairy Barn and experience just how and where your food really comes from. The exhibit will include examples of how food is grown, harvested and shipped to the family table.
Cayuga County Fair, Auburn, NY - July 26-28 - – The agriculture department will have a new sound system that will allow for patrons to hear remarks from judges and hear about the various activities taking place on the grounds.
Chemung County Fair, Horseheads, NY – July 31-August 5 – Housing animals in temporary pens on the fairgrounds can be challenging. Taking animals out of their native environment is stressful. The purchase of 24 new goat pens will help to house these animals and present a nicer experience for the Fairgoer.
Clinton County Fair, Morrisonville, NY – July 17-22 - – A new public address system will upgrade the Dairy Show Arena for the all who attend. Hearing the comments of the judges or general announcements will be a big improvement for the exhibitor and guest.
Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY – August 21-26 – New specie banners will help to identify the wide variety of animals on display during the Fair. As well, field crops, fruits and vegetable banners will adorn the grounds. These colorful banners will also help direct the public as to where to view these prize winning goods.
Erie County Fair, Hamburg, NY - August 8-19 – Visit the Urban Farming Trail where you can see how simple container such as bucket, planters and boxes, can be used to grow fruits and vegetables. The Urban Trail will help even those living in the City or Urban setting to experience the fun of farming.
Lewis County Fair, Lowville, NY - July 17-21 - – Identifying the agricultural areas will be a big asset to these picturesque fairgrounds. Proper educational signage will adorn the Fairgrounds, providing a great educational opportunity for the public visiting the Fair.
Madison County Fair, Brookfield, NY - July 12-15 – Merrill Building will see a new exhibit on Ag Awareness. Educational opportunities will abound in this updated building. An interactive area will provide the fair-going public with videos for educational purposes.
Saratoga County Fair, Ballston Spa, NY – July 24-29 – Agriculture is important to the Fair. A new Goat Milking display will provide an interactive spot for the public to witness what these creatures have to offer to the food chain.
Ulster County Fair – New Paltz, NY – July 31-August 5 -Plans are underway to purchase a new milking cow. Urban fairgoers will have chance to learn that their milk really comes from. These life-like cows provide a hands-on experience for people to milk a cow. In todays world, this is intriguing to the average person.
Washington County Fair, Greenwich, NY – August 20-26 – Handwashing is very important to safety in the animal areas for both the patron and animals. Updated comfort stations will adorn the agriculture livestock area for the convenience of the patrons attending the fair and interacting with the animals.
Whatever your destination is throughout New York, you will find a County Fair which will peak your interest. Be sure to stop by and visit one of the 52 Fairs in New York. They will provide you and your family with a fun time, positive experience and some insight into where your family’s food comes from, how it is grown, harvested and marketed. As people of this great State, we are proud to keep the tradition of agriculture and the State & County Fair “Standing Strong!”