Competitions & Exhibitions2021-07-12T11:57:24-04:00

Competitions & Exhibitions

One of the oldest county fairs in the country, this venerable original remains true to its farming roots and wholesome community spirit. An integral part of the region, the fair celebrates the joys, skill, and hard work of farming, quilting, weaving, riding, cooking, and other arts and crafts.

Agricultural Rules
Pullorum Testing for Poultry Exhibitors

4H Programs

Led by skilled adult volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County, diverse youth from Columbia County exhibit their club creations and project work or show their livestock in friendly competition throughout the 6-day fair.

For information, visit http://ccecolumbiagreene.org/4-h-and-youth-development

DEPT 22A CRAFT BEER, WINE, CIDER

Amateur Craft Beer, Wine, and Cider

Sponsored by S.T. Hudson’s Son Plumbing & HVAC

Lager, stout, red or white…who will win best of show for overall outstanding amateur beer, wine, or cider? Our contest is open to any amateur wine, beer or cider maker, 21 years or older, who lives within 50 miles of Chatham, NY.

DEPT 16A TRACTOR PULL

Antique Tractor Pull

The best of the best farm tractors come out for thirteen classes of weights from 2,500 lbs to 11,500 lbs to battle for the best pull. Two classes, 18 and up and 14 years of age. Relax in the grandstand and see what these classic tractors can do!

DEPT 20A TALENT SHOW

Columbia County’s Got Talent

Sponsored by Kneller Insurance Agency

Simon Cowell watch out! Columbia County residents of all ages perform talents of dance, singing, and instrumental in adult, teen and junior divisions for prizes.

Download Entry Form

DEPT 07A DEMOLITION DERBY

Demolition Derbies

Sponsored by Hudsonvalley360.com, Sorros Excavating Co., Madsen Overhead Doors and W & B Golf Carts Inc.

Enjoy the crashin’, smashin’ action of our annual Demolition Derbies with the return of Stoney Roberts. On Thursday 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 Friday night. Cash purse of $1,400 given out each night.

DEPT 15A DOMESTIC ARTS & CRAFTS

Domestic Arts and Crafts

Sponsored by Keyology Realty

Showcasing everything from floral arrangements to baked goods to crafts and pottery. The fair’s domestic arts and crafts exhibits are greatly expanded this year, nestled in Four Corners Hall. Categories include: Canning; Baking; Fine Arts; Weaving/Basketry/Woodwork; Flowers; Hobbies/Crafts; Needlework; and Youth Division.

DEPT 10A FRUIT
DEPT 10B VEGETABLES

Fruits & Vegetables

Sponsored by Chatham Hardware

The Fruits & Vegetables competition has more than 100 classes for everything from apples and pears to strawberries, squash, tomatoes, peppers, beans and oh so much more.

DEPT 10C GIANT PUMPKIN

Giant Pumpkins

Sponsored by Chatham Hardware

Move over Cinderella, you have competition! Our new giant pumpkin contest hands out prizes to the largest pumpkins grown in Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Dutchess  and Berkshire Counties. Minimum pumpkin weight is 75lbs to compete.

DEPT 09A GRANGE

Grange Exhibits

Enjoy collective exhibits by Granges, Youth and Pomona Granges of farm and garden produce, fruit, baked goods, vegetables, canned goods, grains and grasses, poultry, dairy products, honey, sewing and needlework. Scoring of exhibits is based on magnetism, freshness and perfection produce and display appearance.

Columbia County Fair Horse Show
DEPT 5A HORSE SHOW

Horse Show

The Open Horse Show is taking place this year on August 29th beginning at 8:30AM, three days before the official opening of the Fair.  Wanting to give this classification more attention, the competition has moved to the Grandstand where there is more room for viewers and a bigger, better ring for horses and riders. Horse lovers can play amateur judges – grading an entry’s walk, trot, canter and back-up. Or check out English Fitting and Showmanship – or western riding.

DEPT 18A&B SPECIAL CONTESTS

Ice Cream Contest

Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops

Our annual ice cream eating contest welcomes all takers – men, women and children. All they need is a hearty appetite and a love of ice cold ICE CREAM. It’s great fun and gives new meaning to the phrase “brain-freeze.”

Download Entry Form

DEPT 06A FLOWERS

Flower Show

No judging…just enjoy displays of gardening, cut flowers and fresh plant material including house plants, herbs, vegetables, flowers, grass and cacti presented by Columbia County Garden Clubs. Simply breathtaking!

DEPT 02A DAIRY CATTLE
DEPT 02B BEEF CATTLE
DEPT 03A SHEEP
DEPT 04A POULTRY
Mandatory Pullorum Testing for Poultry Exhibitors

Live Animals

The fair is alive with animals of all shapes and sizes. You’re sure to enjoy watching the best of the best walk off with cash prizes and blue ribbons in the Show Ring. Check out the competition ring or meander through the barns to view other fine two- and four-legged animals. A partial listing follows.

Dairy Cattle Show

Sponsored by Carolina-Eastern Vail, Inc.

From Ayrshires to Milking Shorthorns, from Guernseys to Brown Swiss, the region’s dairy cattle draw admiring glances.

Beef Cattle Show

Sponsored by Dells’ Plumbing Heating & A/C Inc.

From Angus to Herefords, from Shorthorn to Simmental, the region’s best beef cattle vie to win the championship.

Sheep

Sponsored by Agway of Chatham-Claverack-Millerton-Gt Barrington

Two dozen breeds, from the better known Shetland and Merino to the more exotic Tunis and Ramboullet, fill the sheep pens.

Poultry

Sponsored by Agway of Chatham-Claverack-Millerton-Gt Barrington

Open to more than 140 varieties, the poultry exhibit offers 15 sections of some very exotic looking birds: American, Mediterranean, Asiatic, English, French, Dutch, Game Bantams, Ornamental Bantams, Guineas, Ducks, Geese, Pigeons, and more.

DEPT 17A PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo Contest

Sponsored by Photo Art by Ken Bovat

Calling all amateur shutter bugs! Whether you enjoy photographing landscapes or livestock, people or parades, display your best shot taken in Columbia County. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded by a panel of professional photographers based on creativity, composition, impact, story-telling, technical quality, and presentation. (Professionals may submit photographs for display but are not eligible to compete).

DEPT 14A QUILTING

Quilt Show

Sponsored by Bank Of Greene County Foundation

With 18 entry categories, submissions range from the simple to the complex, and include original designs as well as such traditional patterns as the Log Cabin, Morning Star, Ohio Star, Trip Around the World, Double Irish Chain, and Triple Irish Chain.

DEPT 08A SCARECROW

Scarecrows

Sponsored by Columbia Land Conservancy

Scattered throughout the north end of the fairgrounds you will see an art skill like no other, as creative and unique scarecrows of all kinds decorate and add life to the Fair. Scarecrows are judged for originality, design, creativity, durability and neatness. This is one exhibit you can’t miss!

DEPT 12A SCHOOL WORK

School Work

Sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College-Public Relations

A trip to the fair isn’t complete without visiting the little Red School House, with its grand display of art work by area students. A favorite must-see exhibit, all local schools participate, pre-school youngsters through high school seniors.

DEPT 11D GIRL SCOUTS
DEPT 11C BOY SCOUTS

Scouting Exhibits

Sponsored by MetzWood Insurance

Premiums awarded by to any Columbia County unit of the Boy Scouts of America for the best Troop Exhibit and Outdoor Exhibit, in three classes for boys, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and six classes for girls, Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassadors.

DEPT 21A SUNFLOWER

Sunflowers

Sponsored by Trustco Bank

Our Sunflower contest will be sure to put a smile on your face as we give out prizes for the tallest sunflower plant, the largest sunflower head and most sunflowers on one stalk.

DEPT 18A&B SPECIAL CONTESTS

Watermelon Contest

The one and only eating contest that’s good for your diet. How fast can you eat a slice of melon? If you’re the fastest in your age group, you will be awarded a trophy. Maybe you’ll be top seed.

DEPT 03B WOOL BOOTH

Woolbooth

Sponsored by Pepsi Bottling Group of Albany

After the kids get through playing with the little lambs in the sheep barn, they can see wool products beautifully displayed. Experts are on hand to answer questions all day, every day.

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