The happy sound of music in the air returns to the Columbia County Fair in Chatham this September.  A wide variety of home-grown musical entertainment will be appearing each day and it is all free of charge, included in the cost of your admission ticket!

This year’s event features carefully selected musical performers.   Some of the acts are familiar favorites from years past and others are making their debut.  All will be offering up something unique and sure to please every visitor.

Music will be popping up all over the Fairgrounds during the day.  Those who appreciate old-fashioned harmonies will enjoy encountering the strolling barbershop quartet.  Blue Electric DJ will be spinning tunes on the North Gate Stage on the first night of the Fair, and Jack the DJ will entertain in the Beer Pavilion Thursday through Monday.  The beloved Ghent Band returns, playing classic marches, overtures, and show tunes Monday morning on the North Gate Stage.  Don’t miss the chance to see this classic town band, which has been pleasing audiences since 1899!

In the Beer Tent, featured musical entertainment includes some extraordinarily strong local talent.  Acoustic Rye plays Friday evening.  The Alex and Azzaam Jazz Band return Saturday afternoon and Jarod will take over that evening.  Sunday’s lineup will include DJ Jeff Ouellette and a performance by the Joe Adee Band.  October Rose rounds out the programming on Monday afternoon.

Taking the Main Stage at the Grandstand this year are two bands that will have everyone dancing.  You can’t get more local than Side Show Wille, a group that hails quite literally from the neighborhood – right here in Chatham!  These seasoned musicians will be offering up classic rock on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.  And Eli’s Gin may have started out as an acoustic band, but have transformed their sound and promise “good ole’ fashioned rock and roll at full volume”.  You can catch them on Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.

Attendees should take note that this year, for the first time, the Fair will be an entirely smoke-free event.  Smoking of any kind is prohibited within the confines of the Fairground’s fenced-in area but will be permitted in the parking lots only.

The 180th Columbia County Fair is located off route 66 in Chatham, NY.  Opening day is Wednesday, September 1, at noon.  The fair ‘always runs over Labor Day’, and concludes on Monday, September 6.

Admission includes parking and all entertainment.  Daily hours are Wednesday: noon to 11PM, Thursday – Monday: 10AM – 11PM.  Seniors Day is Wednesday with special pricing for $5.00 for ALL patrons.  Youth under 18 are admitted for free that day until 4PM.  Daily admission all other days is $10.00.  Children 12 and under are always free. Advance tickets are $8 each and are available at the Fair Administration Office from July 30 – August 31.

Advance tickets will also be available at branch offices of Bank of Greene County and at Price Chopper from August 1 – August 31. Special ride passes will be sold at the ride ticket booth across from the cattle area at the Fair’s North Gate entrance from noon through closing.  The cost is $15 on Wednesday and Monday and $20 on all other days.

The full Fair schedule and additional information is available at www.columbiafair.com.