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Cattaraugus County Fair Wraps Up

“With so much uncertainty in the world these days, it’s good to know our friends and neighbors can still count on our county fair.”

That’s how Cattaraugus County Agricultural Society President John Charlesworth described this year’s 179th annual Cattaraugus County Fair.

“Great weather, super entertainment and lots of happy fair visitors made for a terrific week. We’re still crunching the numbers but it looks like our hard work was worth it. Rain threatened all around us a couple of day making us wonder if we were going to get a few of our shows in. But all was good.”

Grandstand shows proved popular again this year, with Monday night’s demolition derby, both monster truck shows and Saturday night’s big rig truck pull well attended. All other shows, from country music concerts featuring rising star Walker Hayes on Wednesday and the legendary Travis Tritt on Thursday, to Broken B rodeo and Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band, had good crowds.

Livestock, dairy and horse department superintendents report entries remain high as in previous years. Entrants come from all over Cattaraugus County, as well as neighboring counties in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. 4H and Domestic departments were well represented showcasing the talents folks have worked on since the last fair.

Improvements are made to buildings and grounds every year. Since last fair, more blacktopping has been added, the free grandstand parking lot has been expanded and a roof was put on one of the show rings

Charlesworth and the Fair board of directors thanked all those who visited, worked, volunteered, exhibited and otherwise enjoyed the fair this year.

‘We are happy to be able to consistently provide the best in agricultural achievements, prime music and motorsports entertainment and a broad array of family fun — and we look forward to doing it all again next year, ‘ Charlesworth said.

Next year’s Cattaraugus County Fair is tentatively set for July 30 through Aug. 5, 2023.

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