Enjoy 6 days of local and national talent on the stages throughout the fairgrounds.

2023 Entertainment – Columbia County Fair

  • Petting Zoo

    Wednesday, August 30 - Monday, Sept. 4 (continuous)

    Location: SOUTH GATE

    Camels, kangaroos, pygmy horses, goats and a unicow(!) are few of the animals kids will be able to see at this year’s petting zoo. Open continuous throughout the Fair, stop by and pet some new friends!

    Sponsored by Herrington Fuels

  • Racing Pigs

    Wednesday, August 30 - Monday, Sept. 4 (see daily schedules for times)

    Location: CATTLE AREA

    These awkward, but cute and cuddly racing animals fascinate spectators. Real crowd pleasers, these natural comedians bolt from the starting gate and race around the track snorting and squealing, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind.

    Sponsored by Crossroads Ford and Valley Energy

  • Painted Pony Rodeo

    Monday, Sept. 4 • Slack 3PM, Rodeo 5PM

    Location: GRANDSTAND

    Capture the excitement of bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. Hold on to your cowboy hats during the team roping, calf roping, and steer wrestling, and as the ladies race against the clock in the barrel racing contest.

    Sponsored by Peckham Industries, Inc. and Mario's Home Center

  • Demolition Derby – Thursday

    Thursday, August 31 - 6:30PM

    Location: GRANDSTAND

    Enjoy the first night of crashin’, smashin’ action at the Demolition Derby! Catch 4 cylinders, mini vans, mini pick-ups and mini SUVs heats as they run for the cash purse of $1,400. Best Appearance Theme: Peppa Pig

    Sponsored by HudsonValley360.com and W & B Golf Carts, Inc.

  • Demolition Derby – Friday

    Friday, Sept. 1, 6:30PM

    Location: GRANDSTAND

    The Demolition Derby Finale: Watch 6 and 8 cylinders and full-size pick-ups and vans crash hard on Friday night for the cash purse of $1,400. Best Appearance Theme: Ninja Turtles

    Sponsored by Madsen Overhead Doors and Sorros Excavating Co.

  • Monster Tractor Pull

    Saturday, Sept. 2, 4PM

    Location: GRANDSTAND

    What started out many years ago with farmers bringing their favorite tractors out of the fields to the local fair and pulling the heaviest stone boat the furthest has progressed into the HEAVIEST MOTOR SPORT IN THE WORLD! Watch these modified, Super Stock and Super Farm class tractors and 4 wheel drive trucks roar past the Grandstand in hopes of a full pull, bragging rights and points towards the circuit championship!

    Sponsored by A. Colarusso & Son

  • Firefighters’ Parade

    Saturday, Sept. 2, 11 AM

    Location: NORTH GATE STAGE

    More than 40 units from five counties and three states are listed in the preliminary lineup for the Columbia County Fair’s 70th annual Firefighters Parade on Saturday, September 3, stepping off at 11 am from the corner of Kinderhook Street and Woodbridge Avenue in the Village of Chatham. Viewing and judging of the parade will take place near the North Gate entrance of the fairgrounds off Route 203. Judging will take place by the Hudson Valley Judging Association with awards handed out at the conclusion of the parade.

    Sponsored by A. Colarusso & Son and Stewart’s Shops

  • DJ Jack Bogarski

    Thursday, Aug. 31 - Monday, Sept. 4 (see daily schedule for times)

    Location: PAVILION

    DJ Jack Bogarski returns to the Pavilion for his 26th consecutive year this 2023 season. Jack has provided the musical entertainment for all ages during the day and for the over 21 crowd from 7pm to close. He carries over 40,000 tunes and sticks to his reputation of playing the right song at the right time.

  • Electric Blue DJ Bob Hawley

    August 30, 9PM, North Gate Stage Saturday, Sept. 2, 6PM, Pavilion


    Electric Blue DJ Service has been providing Rock, Classical, Jazz, Country, Rap, and Hip-Hop music for 30 years, originally starting out as DJ at the Skate Factory near Hudson.

    Sponsored by Columbia Memorial Hospital

  • Heritage Building

    Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Monday, Sept. 4 (continuous)

    Location: NORTH END

    Candle making, wood carving, rug hooking, fly tying, jewelry making, tin smithing, iron work, all handcrafts that have been superseded by mechanization. Here in Heritage Village, see craftspeople working the old fashioned way – with their hands. Get a chance to not only watch something being made, but, if you choose, purchase an object to take home – a hand-crafted keepsake.

    Sponsored by Mulhern Gas

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.