Online News. Community Views.

>> Download <<
The Batavian Mobile
Droid | iPhone

Recent comments

Site Sponsors

Genesee County Fair

May 5, 2015 - 12:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair, fair, business, agriculture.

The Genesee County Fair has gotten better each of the last two years and attendance figures bear that out, Norm Pimm told the County Legislature's Human Services Committee.

Last year, attendance was up 30 percent and fair organizers are taking aim at even more growth in 2015.

"Attendance is up double figures two years in a row," Pimm said. "That doesn't happen if you're not putting on a good product."

This year, there will be new local bands, bigger tractor pulls and a significantly expanded Midway.

The board is planning on nearly doubling the budget for rides, going up to $40,000 this year.

The midway isn't a big money maker for the fair, but a good midway is essential to overall fair attendance. Not everyone is interested in livestock and stock cars.

"When we looking for vendors, we said we had $25,000 to spend and we couldn't even get vendors to call us back," Pimm said. "The ones that did sort of laughed and said 'that's 20 years ago money.' So we realized we had to invest more money into the midway so we had something where people want to come and bring their kids."

The fair runs July 21 through 25.

The county will contribute $11,000 to the 4-H program.

Pimm said the fair's success can also be judged by the number of local businesses supporting the fair, either through donations, sponsorships or taking a booth as a vendor. In all three categories, the fair did better last year than previous years and will at least match that level of participation this year, based on indications so far, Pimm said.

"This is the most active board we've had in years, and it's making a difference," Pimm said.

Pimm is confident that people who haven't been to the fair in recent years, if they come this year, they will have a good time.

"It's just $5 a car load to attend," Pimm said. "Come on, spend your $5 and you won't be disappointed. If you are, come and find a member of the board of directors and we'll give you your $5 back."

August 6, 2014 - 4:00pm
  • Abbott’s Frozen Custard
  • Adam’s Welding & Fabrication 
  • Alberty Drugs
  • Alpina Foods
  • Atherton Farms
  • Baskin Livestock, Inc.
  • Batavia Starter
  • Bauer Services
  • Belhaven Kennel
  • Big O Farms, Inc.
  • Big Pauly’s Pizza
  • Boyles Motor Sales, Inc.
  • B’s Pet Grooming
  • Cargill
  • Carolina Eastern Crocker
  • Castilone Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram
  • Corfu Machine Company
  • Corfu-Darien Vet Clinic
  • Cummings & Bricker
  • CY Farms, LLC.
  • Dries Farms
  • Duyssen Family Farm & Strawberry Patch
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Falletti Motors
  • First Choice Travel
  • Freed Maxic CPA
  • Ganson Rose Equipment
  • Genesee Community College
  • Genesee Orthopedics
  • Genesee Patrons Cooperative Insurance Co.
  • I.D. Booth
  • Jackson Welding & Gas 
  • Ken Barrett Chevy-Cadillac
  • Lee Shuknecht & Sons, Inc.
  • Liberty Pumps
  • Linwood Turf Equipment
  • LJK Feeds
  • McKenzie Farm
  • MacDuffie Sand & Gravel
  • Maple Lawn Farm
  • Max Pies Furniture Company
  • Mother Nature Enterprises
  • Muller Quaker Dairy, LLC.
  • MY-T Acres
  • Out on a Limb Maple Farm
  • Perry Vet
  • Phillips Oil
  • Pumpkin Hill Vet Clinic
  • R B Adams Agency
  • Rebel Liners
  • Reisdorf Brothers Feed
  • Reisdorf Oil & Propane
  • Roblee Plumbing
  • Scott Adams Trucking
  • Stafford Trading Post
  • Stella Collision
  • Stephen M. Hawley & Assoc., LLC. @ The Insurance Center
  • The Bank of Castile/Tomkins Insurance
  • Toyota of Batavia
  • Turnbull Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Turner TreeScape
  • UMMC
  • Upstate Niagara Cooperative
  • Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl 
  • Will’s Carpet One
  • William Kent, Inc.
  • WNY Fireplace Outlet
Thank you to those who donated material/equipment or helped to make the Fair a success!
  • Ad-Stuff
  • Alexander Equipment
  • Attica Veterinary
  • Barnard Trucking
  • Batavia Downs
  • Batavia Legal Printing
  • Batavia Restaurant Supply
  • Batavia Sign Company
  • BC Transportation & Repairs
  • Beachy Cabinetmakers
  • Bethany Fire Department
  • Bob Babbitt Automotive
  • C.H. Wright Distributors 
  • Caledonia Diesel
  • Camping World
  • Carol Topolski Lawn Care
  • Cedar Street Sales & Rental
  • Cold Springs Construction
  • Dan Duyssen Farm
  • Empire Tractor
  • Fastenal - Batavia
  • Geer Farm Supply
  • Genesee Country Automotive
  • Genesee County Farm Bureau
  • Genesee County Soil & Water
  • Genesee Valley Penny Saver
  • George & Swede Sales
  • Home Depot – Batavia
  • Java Farm Supply
  • Joe's Pro Shop
  • L.D. Stevens Golf Carts
  • Mercy Flight of WNY
  • Metalico – Bergen
  • Monroe Tractor 
  • Paul Figlow Productions
  • Photography by Susan Meier
  • Posy Power Peddler
  • Pudgie's Lawn & Garden
  • Raceway 5
  • S-B Farms
  • Scofield Rolloff Service
  • Seven Springs Gravel
  • Smitty’s Amish Sheds
  • Stafford Fire Department
  • Starbucks of Irondequoit
  • Sterling Tents & Awnings 
  • The Batavia Daily News
  • The Batavian
  • Town of Batavia Fire Dept.
  • Tractor Supply – Batavia
  • T-Shirts Etc.
  • Walmart – Batavia
  • WBTA
  • WCJW
  • Z & M Ag & Turf
  • All of the Volunteers
*We apologize for anyone we may have left out!*
July 20, 2014 - 6:22pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, fairgrounds, Genesee County Fair.

A little rain did nothing to deter fairgoers from enjoying the final day of the Genesee County Fair. As of Saturday morning, approximately 14,000 visitors attended the 175th County Fair in Batavia.

“Overall includes lifetime members, volunteers and 4-H’ers and the 9,500 that paid at the gate and thus far 14,000 people have visited the 175th Genesee County Fair,” said  

Norm Pimm, treasurer for the Agricultural Society.

According to Nick O’Geen of the Agricultural Society, the cooler, nicer weather this year played a part in drawing a crowd. Additionally, the number of vendors and local people that have had displays is greater this year, according to Agricultural Society Secretary Rose Topolski.

“Several local businesses have set up (displays/food stands), so there is a familiarity to them; people recognize local shops,” Topolski said.

Entertainment options have been ramped up to draw families as well as adults. 

“We’ve kept the family entertainment tent but we also added a beer tent with entertainment for the older crowd,” said Agricultural Society Member Alton MacDuffie.

Other additions to the fair included adding the Princess Contest and new sponsors for the Tractor Pull.

“A lot of new 4-H members put forth ideas and carried through on them,” Topolski said. “The young blood brought forth more to the fair -- more grandeur.”

“For a week people become like your family because you see and wave to them every day.” O'Geen said.

A fond farewell to this year’s Genesee County Fair -- the 175th Anniversary celebrations came to a close Saturday night.

“We’d like to thank all the 4-h'ers, volunteers, sponsors, and fair supporters for making the 175th Genesee County Fair a success,” O’Geen said. 

July 19, 2014 - 6:11pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, Genesee County Fair, demolition derby, derby.

Food, fun and bumper cars for adults. Wait, that's not right. Friday night proved to be an excellent day for the Genesee County Fair's annual Demolition Derby. The grandstands were packed and fans got a thrill of cars smashing and mud flinging.

Other events included a Goat Costume contest, 4-H Horse Show, magician Magical John, GPS and Solar Fun Fest and many more exhibits and attractions.

The final day of the fair is today with exhibits and grounds open until midnight.

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH - GENESEE COUNTY FARM BUREAU DAY & BRING YOUR TRACTOR TO THE FAIR DAY
  • All Day - Magical John | Entertainment Tent
  • 8:30am - NIOGA Colored Breed Show
  • 9am - NIOGA Holstein/Open Class Dairy Show | Show Ring
  • 10am - 4-H Horse Gymkhana & Games Classes | Horse Ring
  • 11am - FARM STOCK TRACTOR – Bring your tractor! Enhanced Tractor & Garden Pullers | Grandstand
  • 11am - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS OPEN
  • 1pm - MIDWAY OPENS | Amusement Area
  • 1-7pm - Mr. Scribbles | Exhibition Bldg.
  • 1pm - NCCC Tanzen Dance Team | Entertainment Tent
  • 2-4pm - 4-H Vegetable Art Fun Fair Activity | Kennedy Building
  • 3-6pm - Rain Date for GPS & Solar Fun Fest | Merton Building
  • 6:30 pm Empire State Pullers Tractor Pulls. Immediately following ESP are Semi Trucks & Stock Pick Up Trucks | GRANDSTAND
  • 8pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 8pm - 12am - “Savage Cabbage” band | Beer Tent
  • 8pm - 4-H Dairy Animals released
  • 8:30pm - 4-H Horse released
  • 9pm - 4-H Non-market auction animals — Sheep, Beef released
  • 10pm - Kennedy, Merton & Exhibition Buildings open for pick up of entries
  • 11pm - MIDWAY CLOSES
  • 12am - Beer Tent CLOSES
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, Email: [email protected]
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 18, 2014 - 3:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, agriculture, Genesee County Fair, 4-H.

One of the great annual community events in Genesee County is the 4-H livestock auction at the fair. This year's auction was held last night. The event draws people from throughout Genesee County -- not just farmers and those involved in ag. The event is the culimination of a lot of hard work by 4-H members in raising their sheep, goats, swine and beef. 

Auctioneers from William Kent kept the bids flowing.

To purchase prints, click here.

July 18, 2014 - 8:00am

FRIDAY, JULY 18TH - COMMUNITY DAY & THRILL NIGHT
  • All Day - Magical John | Entertainment Tent
  • 10am - 4-H Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship & Western | Horse Ring
  • 11am - EXHIBIT HALLS AND BUILDINGS OPEN
  • 1pm - MIDWAY OPENS | Amusement Area
  • 1-7pm - Mr. Scribbles | Exhibition Bldg.
  • 1pm - 4-H & Open Class Beef Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 3-6pm - GPS & Solar Fun Fest | Merton Building
  • 3pm - 4-H Goat Obstacle Course Contest | Livestock Building
  • 5:30 pm - 4-H Tractor Driving Contest - Via Pre Registration | Kennedy Building
  • 6pm - NIOGA Jr. Showmanship
  • 6pm - 4-H Dog Show
  • 7pm - COUNTY FAIR GRAND DEMOLITION DERBY | Grandstand
  • 7pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 8-11pm - Paul Cumming’s & Friends – Local Country Music Artist | Beer Tent
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS AND BUILDINGS CLOSE

Dont Forget about Saturday's ESP Tractor Pulls!

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, Email: [email protected]
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 17, 2014 - 12:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair.

Press release:

We regret that due to situations beyond our control, our as advertised “New Midway Company” did not bring all of the scheduled rides. We however have a good selection of rides available to fairgoers. We have reduced the price of wrist bands to $12 for an entire session. Ride sessions are: Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 1pm-5pm & 6pm-10pm, & Saturday 1pm-5pm & 6pm-10pm. Friday and Saturday the rides are open from 1pm-11pm. We hope everyone comes out to the 175th Genesee County Fair!

For a complete listing of events during fair week, visit gcfair.com

July 17, 2014 - 8:00am

THURSDAY, JULY 17TH - RACEWAY 5 DAY
  • All Day - Magical John - Entertainment Tent
  • 9am - 4-H Dairy Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 9am - 4-H Horses In Place
  • 10am - 4-H Horse Show, Fitting, Showmanship and English | Horse Ring
  • 11am - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS OPEN
  • 1pm - 4-H Goat Knowledge Olympics Contest | Livestock Building
  • 2pm - 4-H Horse Show Dressage Classes | Horse Ring
  • 5pm - MIDWAY OPENS | Amusement Area
  • 5:30-7pm 4-H Market Animal Auction Buyers Dinner
  • 6pm - RACEWAY 5 SPECIAL STOCK CAR RACES | Grandstand
  • 6:30pm - “Genesee’s Got Talent” Talent Showcase | Entertainment Tent Stage
  • 7pm - 4-H Market Animal Auction | Show Ring
  • 8pm -Beer Tent Opens
  • 8-11pm - Barnstorm – Country Band | Beer Tent
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS CLOSE
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, Email: [email protected]
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 16, 2014 - 12:02pm

Genesee County celebrates its 175th anniversary of its County Fair. With Midway hawkers enticing passersby to test their luck at games of chance and carnival rides ready for riders, and 4-H groups showcasing various farm animals, there is no shortage of entertainment at the fairgrounds. 

Marlene Morris, of Batavia, has been traversing the fair on and off for the past 10 years.

“I’m personal friends with the clowns,” Morris said. “But I also came for the parade.”

Morris also enjoys perusing the animal enclosures and notes that the animals seem to be well cared for.

“4-H changes kids so much,” Morris said. “It takes so much responsibility to care for the animals.

“The best part of the fair, though,” Morris continued, “is seeing how much the kids enjoy the fair.”

The Fair runs through July 19 with a variety of events and displays scheduled throughout the day. For event information visit http://gcfair.com/Home/FairInformation/DailySchedule.aspx .

 

July 16, 2014 - 8:00am

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH - CHILDREN’S DAY/ 4H FAMILY NIGHT
  • 9am - 4-H Dairy Goat Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 9am - Draft Horse Halter Classes | Arena
  • 9am - Regional Tunis Sheep Show
  • 11am - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS OPEN
  • 11:30am - 4-H non sale Sheep Show, Showmanship & Breed Show | Open Dairy Barn
  • 12-3pm MIDWAY OPEN for SPECIAL KID’S DAY $5 Ride Wrist Bands (Ride unlimited rides) | Amusement Area
  • 12-6pm - Mr. Scribbles | Exhibition Building
  • 12pm - CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES | Exhibition Building
  • 2pm - Small Fry Tractor Pull | Exhibition Building
  • 2-4pm - Balloon Animal Demonstration | Kennedy Building
  • 4pm - 4-H Non Market Beef Show | Show Ring
  • 5pm - MIDWAY Re-OPENS | Amusement Area
  • 5pm - Draft Horse Show Hitch Classes | Arena
  • 6pm - 4-H & Open Swine Breeds & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 7pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 7-11pm - Monster Johnson | Band Beer Tent
  • 8pm - Fair Queen Crowning | Entertainment Tent Stage
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS CLOSE
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, Email: [email protected]
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 15, 2014 - 9:00am

TUESDAY, JULY 15TH - EMERGENCY RESPONDER/ARMED FORCES NIGHT
  • 8 am - 12 pm • Final Set-up of Merton & Kennedy Building | Merton Building 
  • 4-H Club Exhibits in place | Merton Building
  • 4-H Community Service, Promotional & Project Displays | Merton Building
  • 9am - 4-H Swine Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 10am - Open Class Rabbit & Chicken Show | Merton Building
  • 10am - 4-H Poultry & Rabbit Show | Merton Building
  • 12pm - 4-H Market Goat Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 2:30pm - 4-H Market Sheep Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 2:30pm - 4-H Meat Goat Show & Showmanship | Goat Ring
  • 3-9pm - Mr. Scribbles | Exhibition Bldg.
  • 5:30pm - PARADE LINE-UP – Raceway 5 Pits | Fairgrounds
  • 6pm - 4-H Beef Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 6:30pm GENESEE CO. FAIR GRAND PARADE through the Fairgrounds
  • 7:30pm - 4H Dog Show
  • 8pm - Fair Queen Part 1 | Entertainment Tent Stage
  • 8pm - KARAOKE | Beer Tent
  • 8pm - MONSTER TRUCK THRILL SHOW | Grandstand
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS CLOSE
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 E. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, E-mail: [email protected]
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please e-mail or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 14, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Fair begins tomorrow. Don't miss out on all of the fun events!
Tuesday's - EMERGENCY RESPONDER/ARMED FORCES NIGHT
  • 5:30pm - PARADE LINE-UP
  • 6pm - 4-H Beef Show & Showmanship
  • 6:30pm GENESEE CO. FAIR GRAND PARADE through the Fairgrounds
  • 7:30pm - 4H Dog Show
  • 8pm - Fair Queen Part 1
  • 8pm - KARAOKE
  • 8pm - MONSTER TRUCK THRILL SHOW
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS CLOSE
Wednesday - CHILDREN’S DAY/ 4H FAMILY NIGHT
  • 5pm - MIDWAY Re-OPENS
  • 5pm - Draft Horse Show Hitch Classes
  • 6pm - 4-H & Open Swine Breeds & Showmanship
  • 7pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 7-11pm - Monster Johnson
  • 8pm - Fair Queen Crowning
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS CLOSE
Thursday -  RACEWAY 5 DAY
  • 5:30-7pm - 4-H Market Animal Auction Buyers Dinner
  • 6pm - RACEWAY 5 SPECIAL STOCK CAR RACES Grandstand
  • 6:30pm - “Genesee’s Got Talent” Talent Showcase
  • 7 pm - 4-H Market Animal Auction
  • 8 pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 8-11pm - Barnstorm – Country Band
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS & BUILDINGS CLOSE
Friday - COMMUNITY DAY & THRILL NIGHT
  • 5:30pm - 4-H Tractor Driving Contest - Via Pre Registratio
  • 6pm - NIOGA Jr. Showmanship
  • 6pm - 4-H Dog Show
  • 7pm - COUNTY FAIR GRAND DEMOLITION DERBY
  • 7pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 8-11pm - Paul Cumming’s & Friends – Local Country Music Artist
  • 10pm - EXHIBIT HALLS AND BUILDINGS CLOSE
Saturday - GENESEE COUNTY FARM BUREAU DAY & BRING YOUR TRACTOR TO THE FAIR DAY
  • 6:30 pm Empire State Pullers Tractor Pulls. Immediately following ESP are Semi Trucks & Stock Pick Up Trucks
  • 8pm - Beer Tent Openst
  • 8pm - 12am - “Savage Cabbage” band
  • 8pm - 4-H Dairy Animals released
  • 8:30pm - 4-H Horse released
  • 9pm - 4-H Non-market auction animals — Sheep, Beef released
  • 10pm - Kennedy, Merton & Exhibition Buildings open for pick up of entries
  • 11pm - MIDWAY CLOSES
  • 12am - Beer Tent CLOSES
CONTACT INFORMATION
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone.
Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424 
 
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 14, 2014 - 3:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair.

Here are the contestants for the 2014 Genesee County Fair Queen and members of her court. The contest starts Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the entertainment tent. The queen will be crowned at 8 p.m., Wednesday.  The contestants will particpate in the fair parade, which is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.

I am Heather Dries, I currently am 17 years old and a junior in high school at Byron Bergen Central School. My Father’s name is Lenny Dries and my Mother’s name is Eileen Dries. I have a sister named Michelle she is 22 years old and graduated from Byron Bergen Central School and Bryant and Stratton College. I played volleyball back in 7th grade. I love to play with family and friends. I work on our family dairy farm, I help feed calves and do hay in the summer months. I am the President of Byron-Bergen’s Senior National Honor Society for the 2014-2015 school year. I have become an active volunteer for a local barn where I board my horse. My horse’s name is Trouble O Mine, he is a 12 year old paint quarter horse gelding who I compete with, and I have had him for five years. I would love to go to GCC for a business degree then continue with college in a 4 year school after that is done.

My name is Courtney Jones and I am eighteen years old. I have been a 4-H member since I was eight, and have participated in three clubs – the Shaggy Paws Dog Club, the Teen Leader Club, and the Rustic Riders Horse Club. I have been President of the Teen Leader Club, and I am in my second year of being Secretary for the Rustic Riders Horse Club. My parents are Diana Miller and Carl Jones, and I have two older siblings in college – Amanda and Kristopher.
I have just graduated from Batavia High School this past June. During my time at Batavia, I was a member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams, competing in the Discus Throw and the Shot Put. I have been a member of National Honor Society, as well as National Art Honor Society, where I served as Public Relations Coordinator for two years. Through my involvement with NHS and NAHS, I have partaken in various community services, such as helping with Going Bad for Anna’s Wish, painting park benches, setting up for craft shows, assisting with Bingo nights at the Genesee County Nursing Home, and babysitting during parent nights at Jackson Primary School in Batavia. I have also attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, commonly referred
to at HOBY.

Through 4-H, I have attended the State Teen Action Representatives Retreat for two years, as well as completing many hours of community service. I have helped with various Christmas events at the Salvation Army, cleaned the Genesee County Fairgrounds numerous times, and helped a local horse rescue prepare for the winter. On my own, I have spent a summer volunteering at the Holland Land Office Museum with their “History Heroes” summer program, spent two summers coaching youth cheerleading for the Batavia Youth Football and Cheerleading Program, and spent a spring serving soup at Soup and Scripture at Ascension Parish in Batavia.

My two greatest hobbies are riding horses and creating artwork – some would even consider them my two greatest talents. I started riding horses when I was eleven years old, and continue to have weekly lessons to this day. My summers are filled with competing in local horse shows, the county fair, and the state fair. This fair will be my second year showing a horse that I helped to train, which makes the shows even more rewarding. With my artwork, I have taken classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, and a class to help build my portfolio. I always create artwork that is meaningful to me or someone close to me. I have had my artwork displayed in two district art shows, where I have received the Principal's Choice Award, the Art Teacher’s Award, and the Superintendent’s Award. My artwork has also been displayed in the 2014 Congressional Art Show.

In the fall of 2014, I will be attending Niagara University, majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. This program enables me to be certified to teach children from birth through grade six. If I am able to, I would like to become dual-certified to teach special education. I would also like to travel to Australia at some point, since it has been a dream of mine to do so. During my time at Niagara, I hope to be volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, since it will give me the chance to be around horses and to help children.

The master of ceremonies for the contest will be Corrin Stellakis, Miss New York Teen USA 2014.

Corrin Stellakis, the 16 year old, green eyed, brunette was crowned Miss New York Teen USA 2014 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, New York on Sunday, January 19th. She will represent the Empire state in the upcoming Miss Teen USA 2014 pageant.

Although this was Corrin’s first attempt at the title, she is a natural born leader and competitor. She has been riding horses her entire life, and competed for the first time when she was eight years old on her first and favorite horse, Precious. Precious is now 23 years old and completely blind but Corrin still continues to ride her. She also rides on an Inner Scholastic Equestrian (IEA) team and absolutely loves it.

She has used her passion for horses and riding to begin an after-school program for elementary school children. Her program is called ‘A Horse Of Course’. Corrin teaches beginner basics and more importantly the love and respect for horses and all other animals. She has rescued horses at auctions from meat dealers and from neglectful owners. She truly does have a passion for all animals and would like to share this with others.

Corrin is also very devoted to her family. Over a four year time span her family fostered 14 children ranging in ages from 3 months old to 14 years of age. Accepting the children in to her life was the easy part. Watching them grow and improve in all aspects of their life was an amazing experience for her. She and her family gave each child the stability he or she needed to improve their health, and their developmental and social skills until they were able to return to their biological parents. Although seeing the children leave their family was hard, knowing she had positively impacted their future gave her strength.

In her spare time Corrin loves to play volleyball, athleticism comes naturally to her. As a sophomore she is a starter on her high school’s varsity team and is already being scouted by colleges and would love to play throughout her college career. With all of her extra-curricular activities, Corrin still keeps her main focus on her academics. She takes all advanced classes, she maintains an A average and her GPA is unweighted. She is a very diligent, determined student and is a member of the Junior Honor Society. Corrin would like to share her many aspirations with her peers throughout her year as a titleholder. She would like to teach the importance of setting goals and having a positive impact on the lives of others. Like every other goal Corrin has set, she plans to do her very best to bring Miss Teen USA title home to the state of New York.

The Princess and Little Miss contestants are after the jump:

July 14, 2014 - 12:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee County Fair, 4-H.

Here is the tentative 2014 Genesee County Fair 4-H Schedule of Events (Dates and times are subject to change.):

Tuesday, July 15

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  --  Exhibits in place (Kennedy Building)

                                  Community Service, Promotional & Project Displays (Merton Building)

9 a.m.  --  Market Swine Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

10 a.m.  --  Poultry Show (Merton Bldg.)

                  Rabbit Show (Merton Bldg.)

12 p.m.  --  Market Goat Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

2:30 p.m.  --  Market Sheep Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

                      Meat Goat Show & Showmanship (Open Dairy Barn)

5:30 p.m.  --  Parade Line up -- Pit Area of Raceway 5 (on Fairgrounds)

6 p.m.  --  Market Beef Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

6:30 p.m.  -- Parade (Theme: “4-H Inspires…”)

 

Wednesday, July 16  -- Youth Day

9 a.m.  --  Dairy Goat Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

9:30 a.m.  --  Dog Show

11:30 a.m.  --  Sheep Show & Showmanship (Open Dairy Barn)

4 p.m.  --  Non-Market Beef Show (Show Ring)

6 p.m.  --  Swine Showmanship (Show Ring)

Thursday, July 17

9 a.m.  --  Dairy Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

                Horses in place

10 a.m.  --  Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship, and English Classes (Horse Ring)

1 p.m.  --  Goat Knowledge Olympics Contest (Livestock Bldg.)

2 p.m.  --  Horse Show Dressage Classes (Horse Ring)

5:30 to 7 p.m.  --  Market Animal Auction Buyers Dinner

7 p.m.  --  Market Animal Auction (Show Ring)

Friday, July 18

10 a.m.  --  Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship & Western Classes (Horse Ring)

3 to 6 p.m.  --  GPS & Solar Fun Fest (Merton Building) (Rain Date: 3 to 6 p.m. July 19)

3 p.m.  --  Goat Obstacle Course Contest (Livestock Bldg.)

5:30 p.m.  --  Tractor Driving Contest (via Pre-Registration) (Kennedy Building)

                      Goat Costume Contest

Saturday, July 19

10 a.m.  --  Horse Gymkhana & Games Classes (Horse Ring)

2 to 4 p.m.  --  Vegetable Art Fun Fair Activity (Kennedy Bldg.)

July 7, 2014 - 6:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Genesee County Fair.

Press release:

Nationally award-winning balloon artist Janice Spagnola will be appearing this year at the Genesee County Fair, July 15th-19th. Janice transforms thousands of latex balloons into works of art. “I call what I do air sculpture” says Janice.

This year marks the Genesee County Fair’s 175th year, and in commemoration Janice will take her inspiration for this large art display straight from the Genesee County Fair logo. Featured will be a large Ferris wheel. This installation will take thousands of balloons to complete. Fairgoers are should stop by often to view the progress and take pictures.

In addition, Janice will be offering two demonstrations each day during the fair. The installation will be completed by the last day of the fair to ensure guests are able to view the finished piece.

Besides balloon fun, the fair offers a variety of agricultural experiences, exhibitors and interactive activities as well as traditional fair fun! People who have attended the fair recently are finding it a fun family place to spend time together. Where else can an entire family go to spend a day enjoying exhibitors, demonstrations, animal and agricultural exhibits for just $5 per carload? This fee includes parking, entry for everyone in the vehicle to the fair and a show program.

So what’s going on at the fair in 2014?

There will be a new midway for 2014. Midway Rides of Utica will be providing quality rides for fairgoers to enjoy. There will be several featured performances this year in the grandstands. Grandstand events include: a Monster Truck & Thrill Show on Tuesday night; Special Raceway 5 Stock Car Racing on Thursday night; The Grand Demolition Derby on Friday night; and ESP Tractor Pulls on Saturday night.

Other featured events include: The Grand Parade; Day one of our two-day Fair Queen and Princess Pageant; and karaoke on Tuesday night; an all day Draft horse show on Wednesday; Day two of our Fair Queen and Princess Pageant Wednesday night; and “Genesee’s Got Talent” Show on Thursday night. Don’t forget about the Livestock Exhibits and Kids Corner going on all day every day of the fair.

For a complete listing of events during fair week, visit gcfair.com
If you are interested in volunteering, or becoming an exhibitor of the fair, go to the fair’s Web site gcfair.com to download all of the forms and to obtain contact info. We would like to make the 175th fair special. In order for us to do this, we need your help!

May 6, 2014 - 10:31am

The Genesee County Fairgrounds are empty this morning, but come July 15, fair organizers say they expect to see more people than ever walking the midway and sitting in the grandstands.

At least members of the Genesee County Agriculture Society are working harder than ever to create more reasons for people to come to the fair. There will be more attractions, more vendors, more rides and more entertainment.

"There will be something to do every day," said ag society President Norm Primm. "Before, the first part of the week was just ag shows, but we're planning on having big events throughout the week this year."

For the first time in years, the raceway will host a monster truck show. The Fair Queen Contest is also being expanded. There are now four age groups for contestants, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16 and 17-19.

The children's rides will be open for a total 39 hours, compared to 20 to 24 hours in the past, with a special kids' day for groups or families with discounted ride tickets.

A new kids' zone is being created with a corn-filled sandbox, a mural for kids to paint and even a horse to paint.

The tractor pull is being expanded.

There are a number of new vendors setting up in the vendor hall, including Alpina and Quaker Muller.

All of the towns and villages have been invited to set up displays.

It's the 175th anniversary of the fair, so organizers are hoping for the biggest fair parade yet, though because of DOT regulations, the parade will be confined to the fairgrounds instead of starting on Route 5.

"The fair is the center the county," Primm said. "Genesee County is an agricultural county and what's better than having an agricultural fair in our own county. That's why we want to see people come out and enjoy the fair. I really think we can get back to having great attendance and putting on a great fair where poeple will want to come throughout the week."

March 11, 2014 - 5:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee County Fair.

Press release:

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Genesee County Fair! It takes place at the county fairgrounds July 15-19. There are many changes and exciting events planned.

We hope to make 2014 a memorable year and we would like to extend a personal invitation to become a volunteer and or a sponsor of the fair. Volunteers are needed not only during fair week, but also the week before and the week after the fair. Many hands make light work! Becoming a sponsor of the fair is a great way to promote your business to thousands of fairgoers who live and work in Genesee County and visit the fair every year.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor of the fair, go to the fair’s Web site gcfair.com to download all of the forms and to obtain contact information.

Among the changes will be a new midway. Midway Rides of Utica will provide fairgoers with quality rides, games and food to enhance your fair experience. The rides will be open Tuesday through Saturday.

Also note:

Tuesday

The Grand Parade is moving to Tuesday and the Monster Truck & Thrill Show is on Tuesday evening.

Greece Alley Paint Clowns will stroll the fairgrounds, bringing smiles to faces of all ages making balloon animals and creating works of art on your face.

The two-day Fair Queen Pageant begins on Tuesday with the talent portion.

Karaoke at night!

Wednesday

It's Children's Day and rides will be operating during the day.

There will be a draft horse show in the horse ring all day.

Again, the Greece Alley Paint Clowns will stroll the fairgrounds, bringing smiles to faces of all ages making balloon animals and creating works of art on your face.

The Fair Queen Pageant concludes with the crowning.

 "Genesee's Got Talent" Talent Show.

Thursday

Magic John will be ambling around on stilts -- juggling, making balloon animals and entertaining fairgoers all day long!

Thursday includes special Raceway 5 Stock Car Racing.

Step right up for the 4-H meat animal auction.

We are pleased to welcome back by popular demand Barnstorm on Thursday night.

Friday

Magic John will be ambling around on stilts -- juggling, making balloon animals and entertaining fairgoers all day long!

The Grand Demolition Derby will take place.

Paul Cummings & Friends will be performing at night.

Saturday

Magic John will be ambling around on stilts -- juggling, making balloon animals and entertaining fairgoers all day long!

There will be ESP Tractor Pulls.

Savage Cabbage will take the stage and keep you rockin’ all night long!

 

As always, there will be bands under our redesigned beer tent!

Don’t forget to check out the 4-H animal exhibits, the air sculpture experience and Kid’s Corner taking place all day every day of the fair!

*All Times/Dates/Events are Subject to Change*

Once again this year, admission to the fair is only $5 per carload. For a complete listing of events during fair week, visit gcfair.com

July 22, 2013 - 5:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, agriculture, Genesee County Fair, livestock, 4H.

Photos and info submitted by John Milroy.

During the Genesee County Fair, Tim Adams, leader of the 4-H Swine Club, showed off the club pig "Zeus."

Kristi Milroy also had the Grand Champion market goat. Kristi also had Best in Show dairy goat with her Alpine goat, "Nellie."

July 21, 2013 - 8:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair, tractor pulls.

Once the rain passed yesterday, the pullers came out in droves for the annual Genesee County Fair Tractor Pull.

To purchase prints of these photos, click here.

Pages

Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copyright © 2008-2014 The Batavian. Some Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.
Contact: Howard Owens, publisher (howard (at) the batavian dot com); (585) 250-4118

blue button