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  • Make Memories at the Columbia County Fair Fair Opens this Wednesday!

    The excitement returns as the 180th Columbia County Fair opens at noon, this Wednesday, September 1st.  Proud to be one of the oldest of its kind in the USA, this year’s old-fashioned country Fair promises to be better than ever.  Whether you are a Fair regular or a first-timer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy ...READ MORE

  • ANIMALS, KIDS, EARLY COMPETITIONS SHOWCASED AT COUNTY FAIR

    The 180th Columbia County Fair begins Wednesday, September 1, but there is plenty happening the weekend before at the Fairgrounds in Chatham. The Open Horse Show takes place on Sunday, August 29 and is a “shine only” event this year - the show will be cancelled if it rains.  Competition begins at 8:30am for Junior ...READ MORE

  • OLD FAVORITES JOINED BY NEW CONVENIENCES AT COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR

    Old favorites are back but there are also a few new conveniences in store at this year’s Columbia County Fair.  Visitors can expect the old-fashioned country Fair they remember while enjoying some modern upgrades designed to improve the experience.  For starters, a map of the Fairgrounds, along with information about other local features will be ...READ MORE

  • COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR ANNOUNCES MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP FOR 2021 FAIR

    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 ...READ MORE

  • THE FOCUS IS “LOCAL “AT THE COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR

    At the Columbia County Fair, the focus is always on what’s “local”.  The annual event serves as a showcase of the pride of the county’s citizens and local family farms.  After an unprecedented year off, opening day has been eagerly anticipated, especially among the local folk who have been busily preparing to exhibit their wares, ...READ MORE

  • THE COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR ANNOUNCES ‘QUEEN NATION’ AS THE HEADLINER FOR THE 180TH FAIR

    The West Coast based tribute band ‘Queen Nation’ will take the main stage on Sunday, September 6th at 7PM, at the Columbia County fairgrounds. Known for their authentic costumes and lead singer Gregory Finsley’s amazing performance of Freddie Mercury, the band is a big hit for people of all ages. The show is included with ...READ MORE

  • Prize Winning Fair About to Open

    Blue ribbons wanted. Whether animal or vegetable, 4-Hers, farmers and future farmers are prepping their entries for submission to competitions at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham. Opening day is Wednesday, August 28th beginning at noon. The Fair runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd. The lawns are being mowed.  The flower beds ...READ MORE

  • The Columbia County Fair’s Got Talent

    Named “Champion of Magic” by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Jay Mattioli will be a featured entertainer at The Columbia County Fair Thursday through Monday. When you hear the words “county fair” you automatically think of livestock, rides and yummy fair food.  There’s another important part of the Columbia County Fair.  Entertainment.  Fairgoers ...READ MORE

  • The Columbia County Fair: A Blue Ribbon Event

    A county fair is more than just rides. Get up-close-and personal with farm animals, see blue-ribbon veggies, cheer as cars are demolished, or try to eat more ice cream than anyone else. The Columbia County Fair in Chatham, NY has been named “Bestie” by Capital Region Living Magazine. In its 179th year, the Fair ...READ MORE

  • At the Fair – Horse Lovers “Rein” Supreme

    This year, the Horse Show at The Columbia County Fair in Chatham is moving to the Main Rink with grandstand viewing. Fans will have a chance to see their favorite equestrians in a larger venue without competition from other events. It will take place on August 25th – three days before the official opening ...READ MORE

Such a great Fair every year. This year 2021 was my First year back since I was in elementary school which was decades back. You all worked so hard and did a wonderful job I’ll continue coming back every year.

– Jonathan B.

Love It! Nice country Fair.

– Theresa C.

Definitely the best county fair I have ever been to! The tree-lined grounds are lovely. A nice mix of attractions and exhibits with phenomenal entertainment; well worth the price of admission.

– Linda A.