Summer is once again nearing its midpoint. The anticipation of “School’s out” is a fading memory, while “Back to School” seems a bit too early to contemplate. That must mean fair time is drawing near. Sure enough, the Cattaraugus County Fair is set to open for yet another year, marking more than 170 summers of farming, fun, and tradition. This year’s fair runs from July 30th to August 5th at the Little Valley fairgrounds.
The theme for this year’s fair is “Western New York’s Best Kept Secret!” Organizers say they’ve been told by visitors that the fair is a little known gem in Western New York.
The musical talent appearing at the fair is always top shelf, a fact known to faithful fairgoers. This year’s headliner is well-known country music artist Josh Turner, appearing on Thursday, August 2nd. Tickets are still available for the show. Treasurer Kristina Charlesworth tells us, “Track seats are sold out but there are plenty of grandstand and bleacher seats available. Josh Turner has an up and coming Nashville star as his opening act: Mallary Hope. Tickets are also available for our other concert: the band ‘.38 Special,’ which is August 1st. They will be preceded by The Jeff Fetterman Band from Bradford, Pa. Both shows start at 8:00 and tickets can be bought at the fairgrounds, or over the phone with a Visa/MasterCard/Discover.”
Charlesworth notes that, “Every year our fair is growing. New exhibitors have entered this year, new vendors are displaying, and new grandstand acts are being introduced. These factors will only increase our attendance!”
Commenting on the importance of 4-H and agricultural exhibits, Charlesworth notes, “We have hundreds of entries in our fair, both youth and adults. The 4-H is an integral part of the county fair. The history of the county fair wasn’t midways and grandstand shows, it was built on agricultural events and shows. Everyone looks forward to what the children are ‘showing off’ this year.”
“Aside from the agricultural events, we have an exciting grandstand lineup. Demos, Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers, .38 Special, Josh Turner, Monster Trucks, Full Pull Truck Pull and WNY Tractor Pullers (are all part of the action).”
What’s new at the fair? “This year we have added a Southern Rock concert to Wednesday night, Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers to Tuesday night, and a new Truck Pull: ‘Full Pull Productions.’ For free grounds entertainment, we have new acts such as the Marvelous Mutts, Wild World of Animals, and Commerford’s Calliope Pony Hitch. (That’s) in addition to some returning grounds entertainment!”
Tickets for the Josh Turner and .38 Special shows can be purchased by calling the fairgrounds at 716-938-9146. A complete listing of fair attractions can be found by visiting www.cattarauguscofair.com.