Harness racing highlights the opening day of the Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair with what is the first of four New York County Fair racing events.
The four racing events - part of the New York Sire Stakes – take place through the summer at different locations, leading up to the New York County Fair Finals on Sept. 5. All of the races will also be livestreamed with a broadcast team offering live updates and commentary before and during the races.
A pre-show begins at 11:30 a.m. with the first post at noon. Today’s stream will also feature a live remote from racing at the Lewis County Fair in Lowville, which is celebrating its 200th fair and will honor harness racing as a prominent part of that fair’s tradition.
Other livestreams will include the Chemung County Fair in Horseheads on Aug. 3 and the Trumansburg Fair in Tompkins County on Aug. 24. Broadcasts each day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with post time for the first race at noon.
The racing season will wrap up with the New York County Fair Finals broadcast live from Goshen Historic Track in Orange County on Sept. 5.
“We are excited to partner with these fairs on this exciting opportunity to reach new fans and provide live coverage to owners who aren’t able to travel with their horses,” said M. Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, which is sponsoring the livestreams.
The Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair in 2019 originated the video streaming of programming from that fair, which included the fair’s opening event, the “Sire Stakes Races.”
“We hope this will encourage people to learn more about the Sire Stakes program and harness racing as we continue to expand our fair coverage,” Young said.
The New York Sire Stakes County Fair series features non-pari-mutuel harness racing open to eligible 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds.
The events provide young horses with the opportunity to earn as they learn, while bring the community together for a series of races, according to Sire Stakes officials.
The livestream broadcasts are provided by Bob Scott Productions and the Fair Racing Network, www.fairracingnetwork.com.
The Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair continues through July 24, operating at 100% capacity and with the usual attractions. Since 1857, only war and a pandemic have silenced the fair, which was canceled in 2020.
More than 100 volunteer staff and executives will offer a complete fair, including all agricultural shows, exhibitions, competitions and grandstand attractions.
Featured events include a demolition derby on Tuesday night (and a huge demolition derby on Saturday night), the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol Competition on Wednesday, petting zoo, hundreds of vendors, a midway presented by Gillette Midway Shows, nightly entertainment with regional bands in the festival building, and grandstand events such as truck and tractor pulls. The Sheriff’s Office will also present daily demonstrations.
For a complete schedule of event and feature attractions, visit www.hemlockfair.org.
The fair is offering a pay-one-price admission which includes free parking, midway rides, all attractions, grandstand shows, exhibitions and competitions. There is an extra charge for monster truck rides to be scheduled during fair week.
A weekly pass is also available.
The Fair will adhere to all local, state and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect fair patrons and participants. Grandstand, bleachers, food and beverage areas will feature amenities necessary to allow social distancing and other recommendations for public events.