Yates County Fair marks 170 years this week

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

For 170 years the Yates County Fair has been a great source of amusement for its patrons.  Rides, games of chance, thrill shows and animal shows have put smiles on the faces of generations of families.  It has been a place to see the “never been seen before.” 

Over the years some things have changed. Once the biggest attraction was horse races.  Now the audiences enjoy watching the “smash -em up” demolition derby.  Tractor-pulls now feature souped-up vehicles, not your average field plowin’ machine.

Competitions remain the same.  Exhibitors have been in quest of that “Blue Ribbon,”  since the beginning.  The housewife, farmer and 4-H member still bring their homemade wares : pies, jam, and crafts and of course animals  for judging.  

Old-time farm traditions continue when  Yates County Fair opened on Tuesday July 7 at 10 a.m.  Daily admission is $6 per person, 2 and under free.  This includes admission to the Fair and grandstand. There are daily free shows and exhibits.

The main event schedule includes:

Wednesday, July 8   

Rides open 4-11 p.m.

4 cylinder figure 8 at 7 p.m.

50’s & 60’s Rock, Rhythm & Blues featuring Paul Estro

Demolition Derby


4-H Mannequin Modeling 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 9

Rides open 4-11 p.m.

Youth Night - PY Youth Drama Team - Rock Band (video game) competition

Ruby Shooz

4-H rooster crowing contest 9 a.m., poultry and horse shows, mannequin              

modeling    7-9 p.m.

Friday, July 10

Rides open 1-11 p.m.

Kids Day 1-4 p.m., $5 ride bracelets

Tractor Pull 6 p.m.

Celtic dancers afternoon and evening


4-H Dairy, Horse, Llama, Goat Shows starting at 10 a.m.

Fashion Show 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

Rides 1-11 p.m.

Celtic dancers, afternoon

Demolition Derby, 5 p.m.

Wild Willy Grant Stunt Show during demo

Chris Kerrick Band, 8 p.m.

4-H livestock show, dog show, mannequin modeling

The Yates County Fair is located at the Yates County Fairgrounds at the top of Main St. Hill, south of Penn Yan.

For more information contact the Yates County Chamber of Commerce at 315-536-3111 or 1-800-868-YATES or e-mail: info@yatesny.com or www.yatescountyfair.org