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‘Bigger and better midway’ awaits as growing Genesee County Fair begins Tuesday

BATAVIA – As far as Scott Adams is concerned, all the elements are in place for the Genesee County Fair to continue its recent revival.

“Our attendance was up 35 percent last year, from 2013, to around 16,000, and we’re hoping to break the 20,000 mark this year,” said Adams, who is in his second year as president of the Genesee County Agricultural Society.

The agricultural society coordinates the fair that runs from Tuesday through Saturday at the East Main Street Road fairgrounds.

Adams outlined several reasons for his enthusiasm, starting with a “bigger and better midway, with rides we’ve never seen at the fair.”

“The rides will attract more kids and our volume discount programs and coupons will provide better value for families,” Adams said.

Wednesday is Children’s Day, with $5 ride wristbands available for use between noon and 3 p.m., followed by a “small fry” tractor pull in the exhibition building.

The fair features activities for everyone, Adams said, including an opening night parade followed by barrel racing, a draft horse show Wednesday, demolition derby at the stock car track Friday night, and the Empire State Pullers tractor pull and truck pulls Saturday night.

Country and rock bands will perform Wednesday through Saturday, and the beer tent will be open during the concerts.

The annual festival also serves as a time when more than 100 4-H club members showcase their talents as livestock exhibitors, gardeners, fashion designers and producers of alternative energy sources.

This year’s theme is #iam4h.

“We’ve been working hard all year to show the community what 4-H means to them,” said Brandie Schultz, administrative assistant for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County.

Shows and exhibits connected to 4-H will take place each day of the fair at the Merton and Kennedy buildings.

Birds will not be part of the presentations, however, because of a state Department of Agriculture order banning all live fowl from competitions at the state fair and all county fairs.

The edict stems from a spread of avian flu in the Midwest that has caused the death of about 50 million chickens.

Discount tickets, coupons and presale tickets for the demolition derby and tractor pull can be purchased at the fairgrounds office.

For information, visit gcfair.com or call 474-3656.