Let's face it, summer is not complete until you've attended one or more of the county fairs around the Capital Region. The rides, the entertainment, fair food, and of course the timeless art of people-watching. Hopefully this summer will be a major step back to normal as planning for the annual county fairs are underway. Just about all of them were canceled in 2020, but returned in 2021, albeit with restrictions and limited run dates for some.

Here are the dates set for the fairs in and around the Capital Region for 2022 so far.

Altamont Fair

  • August 16-21
  • Altamont Fairgrounds

Columbia County Fair

  • Dates still TBA - usually the end of August/beginning of September
  • Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham

Dutchess County Fair

  • August 23-28
  • Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

Fonda Fair

  • August 31-September 5
  • Fonda Fairgrounds

New York State Fair

  • August 24-September 5
  • New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse

Saratoga County Fair

  • July 19-24
  • Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Schaghticoke Fair

  • August 31-September 5
  • Schaghticoke Fairgrounds
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Schoharie County Sunshine Fair

  • August 9-14
  • Schoharie County Fairgrounds, Cobleskill

Ulster County Fair

  • August 2-7
  • Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz

Washington County Fair

  • August 22-28
  • Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich

Many of the fairs have still to announce their entertainment acts as of yet, however you can certainly count on the usual demolition derbies, pig races, tractor pulls, chainsaw artists, animal exhibits, magicians, clowns, hypnotists and everything else each fair has to offer.

Here's to hoping Covid will be a distant memory by then and we can all enjoy some corn dogs, cotton candy, mullets, daisy dukes, and questionably safe rides.

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