It's a fair, festive week

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Yates County Fair is celebrating 178 years this week at the Yates County Fairgrounds on Old Route 14A, Penn Yan, and the Dundee community will celebrate its Scottish Heritage Saturday, July 15 with the annual Scottish Festival at a new location and with a new headlining musical group — The American Rogues.

Yates County Fair

The fair’s $10 admission price includes parking, musical entertainment, all grandstand events, daily shows and all midway rides.

Opening day July 11 was Humane Society Day which included the pet show, the annual figure-8 race followed by the demolition derby and live music by Murphy’s Law.

Here is a look at some of the day-to-day events:

July 12 Firefighter Day: 4-H Horse show at 8 a.m. Pony Pull Contest; Mini, Modified, and Garden Tractor Pull begins at 6 p.m. Live music by City Limits from 7 to 11 p.m.

July 13 Law Enforcement Day: 4-H Poultry Show; Horse Gymkhanna, Farm tractor at 6 p.m.; live music by Virgil Cain 8 to 11 p.m.

July 14 Class Reunion night: Annual Kids Day 1 -4 p.m.; Rooster crowing contest at 9 a.m.; dairy show; goat show; Sheriff K-9 demonstration; Outlaw Truck Pulling at 6 p.m.; live music by Ruby Shooz 8 p.m. - midnight.

July 15 ARMED FORCES DAY: The fair closes with a bang, beginning with the main demolition derby at 7 p.m. and a concert by Night Train from 8 p.m. to midnight.

For more details about the fair, visit the website at

Dundee Scottish Festival

The 8th annual Dundee Scottish Festival of the Finger Lakes set for Saturday, July 15 announces a new headlining musical group, The American Rogues, who will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.

The American Rogues have headlined shows in Canada, Asia, Europe, and across the United States, bringing together the worlds of Celtic, rock, roots, patriotic, world, military, Japanese, and classical music. Watch videos and hear of the band in concert at

The Dundee Scottish Festival is family-friendly and fun for all.

The day, which begins at 10 a.m., features massed pipe bands, Highland games, Highland and Irish dancing, sheepherding, weaving, medieval weapons, Highland cattle, Celtic food, horseback rides, games, crafts, and more.

Step In Time gives a performance full of energy and humor as they merge their love of theater and music on stage. The love of Celtic selections call for a must see musical performance.

Festival favorite band Penny Whiskey pulls you into their world of original and popular favorite Scottish/Irish songs. A collection of pipe bands that perform on Piper’s Field, and patrons will enjoy performances by the harp player Mary Lester and Dollin’ O’Dey will perform Gaelic music

Vendors from around the area will sell unique and creative goods. There will be a variety of offerings from local breweries and wineries. Enjoy some of Cameron’s Scottish Food, direct from Scotland, including birdies, meat pies, bangers, and haggis.

There will be plenty of kid’s activities, including youth Highland games, a sheep herding demonstration, and more.

The most unique and entertaining activities every year are the Highland Games that will include Braemar and open stone Braemar, weight for distance, Scottish hammer, sheaf toss, heavy weight for height, and caber toss.

This year’s Highlander, Joshua Kane and Lady Scot, Whysper Davis, will be coronated in a colorful, traditional ceremony. Before the crowning ceremony, they will be officially dressed by a master kiltmaker.

For more information, visit or call 315-729-2124. The festival takes place at the Dundee VFW, 125 Seneca St. Extension, Dundee. Admission is $10 for adults ($6 in advance available on the website). Those under 18 are admitted free.