BATAVIA — The 2022 Genesee County Fair is a little less than three months away, but a Genesee County Agricultural Society said there will be some new features when people come to the county Fairgrounds July 22-30.
Agricultural Society Treasurer Norman Pimm said kids will have the chance to play with remote control race cars. The cars will be sponsored by local businesses.
“It will be free for any of the youth who come to the fair. They can operate those little race cars,” he said during a report this week to the Genesee County Human Services Committee.
There will be also be pony rides, a Trick Dog Show, free Kids days with entertainment and Midway rides discounts, a petting zoo. There will be two nights of fireworks. Fairgoers will be able to sing karaoke.
“Every night, we’re going to have some sort of entertainment, whether it’s karaoke, bands, pageants, etc.” Pimm said. “We’re going to have a Country Jamboree. We’re going to have three country acts in a row, starting midday and going through the night. The last band is going to be a Waylon Jennings tribute band.”
Pimm said the Demolition Derby will be back this year.
“That’s a staple. That’s going to be a huge night. It’s on a Friday night (July 29),” he said. Pimm said things are being finalized for this event.
“We’re looking at, after this year, trying to put on two…” he said, adding one might be in the spring and the other at the fair.
Pimm said the 2021 fair, with about 55,000 people coming through the gates, broke an attendance record from as far back as the Agricultural Society knows. The attendance was 52% higher than the previous fair in 2019.
“We’ve actually seen an attendance increase every year for the last 10 years, which was great, because some county fairs didn’t have attendance increase last year. We were really excited with the support we got from the county and all the people from surrounding counties,” Pimm said.
Pimm said vendors also reported their best year in 2021, with some signing up to come back this year as soon as the last fair was over.
The Draft Horse Show at last year’s fair had 12 six-horse hitch teams from all over the country and was the second-largest show in the state, Pimm said.
“The Draft Horse Show continues to get bigger. They (the teams) were anywhere from Virginia, Vermont, Canada. There were teams from everywhere. There’s also a waiting list of teams that want to get in. We just don’t have any more facility. We went out and purchased more pens over the last couple of years, so I think we can hold 344 horses,” he said.
Last year’s fair included the Empire Classic Youth Sheep Show, county Open Beef Show and county Open Swine Show.
There were 119 participants in the Genesee County 4-H programs (ages 8-18). There were 1,368 4-H exhibit entries, among them dairy cattle, goats, beef, swine, sheep, horses, rabbits, poultry and cavies.
Twenty-seven children ages 5 to 7 participated in the 4-H Clover Bud program.
“That’s the feeder group for trying to keep that program going,” he said. “They’re doing a really nice job of growing that.”