County fairs bring people together to celebrate what is distinct about life in rural America.
A staple at every county fair is the display of livestock. Contests are held to reward farmers for the care they take in raising and presenting their animals.
Amusement rides, food and beverage vendors, and musical acts also are very popular. In addition, some county fairs feature other events such as demolition derbies and truck and tractor pulls to keep crowds entertained.
The county fair season is upon us in the four-county GLOW region. Fair are taking place this month in Livingston, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, and we’re thrilled about this. All the fairs had to be canceled last year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair opened this week in Livingston County with harness racing, a 120-year tradition at the fair. The Hemlock Fair runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds, 7370 Water St., in the hamlet of Hemlock.
Gates open at 9 a.m. today and 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The rides begin daily at 2 p.m. Entertainment in the Festival Building is scheduled past midnight.
Admission to the Hemlock Fair is $15 for adults and $13 for children ages four to 12 (ages three and younger are admitted free). The admission price includes entry, all grandstand events and unlimited rides.
“It’s nice to get out,” Nancy Henry of Springwater said Wednesday at the fair, where she was accompanied by her grandson and other family members. “I’m looking forward to the fair food.”
When pressed for her favorite fair fare so said it was hard, before deciding on lemonade and Italian sausage.
Her grandson, Hunter Rippell of Hornell, said his favorite midway ride was the giant swing that lifted riders skyward before spinning them around. “It felt like we were swing on a really high swing,” the six-year-old said breathlessly.
Featured events include a huge demolition derby on Saturday night), daily educational demonstrations by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, a petting zoo, 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 Hemlock Fair is the first of four county fairs taking place this summer in the GLOW region.
The Genesee County Fair covers two weekends, beginning Saturday and running through July 31. A special ribbon cutting celebrating the fair’s return from a COVID-forced hiatus in 2020 is scheduled for today at the fairgrounds, 5056 East Main Street Rd., Batavia.
The Orleans County 4-H Fair starts up next week, and runs July 26 to 31 at the fairgrounds, 12690 NY-31, Albion,
Then, in August, the Wyoming County Fair runs Aug. 14 to 21 at the fairgrounds, 70 East Main St., Pike.
It’s good to have county fairs operating once again. We urge everyone planning to attend any one of them to exercise common sense when it comes to public health.
But take advantage of these events and support those who make them possible each season. They showcase what is best about our region, and we’re grateful this annual tradition has returned.
n The Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair was previewed in the July 15 edition of The Livingston County News. Stories and photos from the fair are appearing daily on www.thelcn.com, with selected stories also appearing on thedailynewsonline.com. Photo galleries are also being posted to The Livingston County News Facebook page.
n A 12-page guide to the Genesee County Fair, including schedule highlights, previews of select attractions, and other feature stories, appears in today’s edition of The Daily News. Look for continuing coverage of the fair online at www.thedailynewsonline.com and on our Facebook page.
n A 12-page guide to the Orleans County Fair, including a schedule and feature stories on a family concession business and library story hours at the fair, will appear in Saturday’s weekend edition of The Daily News. Coverage of the fair will also be available online at www.thedailynewsonline.com and on our Facebook page.
n A special section is also planned in advance of the Wyoming County Fair in August. Coverage will also be available online at www.thedailynewsonline.com and on our Facebook page.