Welcome to the 178th Columbia County Fair
August 29 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018
Get ready for six days of fun August 29 through Labor Day in Chatham, New York with all your fair favorites as well as new entertainment that will fill the stages, exhibit buildings, barns, midway and grandstand.
Headlining the Fair this year is Country Band Parmalee, known for their hit singles, “Carolina,” “Close Your Eyes,” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.” Summer 2018 will sizzle with Parmalee’s scorching new single “Hotdamalama” along with the band’s brand new CD “Party Pack.” Parmalee will rock the Grandstand in two shows at 3 pm and 7 pm.
Motorheads will get their dose of metal-smashing mayhem with two nights of Demolition Derby. On Wednesday night, catch 4 cylinders, mini vans, mini pick-ups and mini SUVs heats plus 6 and 8 cylinders and full-size pick-ups and vans on Thursday night.
New to Friday night is the New York Truck Pulling circuit rolling into our Grandstand for one exciting night of diesel, 4WD modified and enhanced gas competitors, produced by Shootout Productions.
The excitement of bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding thrills fairgoers on Labor Day with professional cowboys throughout the country competing for cash prizes and a chance at the year-end trophy buckle at the Painted Pony Rodeo. Team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing contest fill out the event.
On Saturday, the raging Monster Tractors will once again pull their heavy loads past the grandstand crowd, testing fairgoers eardrums while earning points towards the circuit championship. Our annual Firefighters Parade steps off at 11 am with Columbia County Fire and EMS companies marching along with the Ghent Band.
Back again for 2018 are all of our favorite competitions of livestock, talent, beverage making, domestic arts & crafts, antique tractors, quilts, produce, sunflowers, scarecrows, school work, photography, school girl queen, flowers, scouting, wool, watermelon & ice cream eating, 4-H and Grange.
And the beat goes on throughout the Fair with musical performances in the Upper Entertainment Garden, NorthGate Stage and Pavillion. Plus thrilling midway rides, games of chance, fabulous food concessions and product and services vendors galore.