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July 20, 2019 - 8:00am


Saturday, July 20 – Family Day/ Drive Your Tractor to the Fair Day

  • 8:30 a.m. – NIOGA Dairy Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show – Gymkhana Division (Horse Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • Noon -- Small Fry Tractor Pull (Exhibition Building) Sponsored by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Genesee County Pamona Grange, and Duane Schmigel
  • Noon – Midway Opens, Wristband Special from Noon to 4 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Master Showman Contest (Main Show Ring)
  • 6 p.m. – Racing at Genesee Speedway
  • 7 to 11 p.m. – Band – Under the Gun (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 19, 2019 - 8:00am


Friday, July 19th – CELEBRATE 4H DAY

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show – English & Dressage Division (Horse Arena)
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Beef Team Fitting Competition (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • Noon – 4-H Horses must be removed from 4-H Horse Barn
  • Noon – 4-H Livestock Master Showman Contest (Main Show Ring)
  • 1 p.m. – 4-H Dairy Club Butter Making Activity (Kennedy Building)
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens
  • 5:30 p.m. – 4-H Tractor Driving Contest
  • 6 p.m. – NIOGA Dairy Showmanship (Main Show Ring)
  • 7 p.m. – Demolition Derby (Grandstands)
  • 7 to 11 p.m. – Band – MAC (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 18, 2019 - 8:00am


Thursday, July 18th – KId's Day / HP HOOD DAY

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Cattle Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show – Western Division (Horse Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 12 - 10 p.m. – Midway Opens - Kids 16 & Under Ride for $10/wristband
  • 12:30 p.m. – Small Fry Tractor Pull (Exhibition Building) Sponsored by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Genesee County Pamona Grange, and Duane Schmigel
  • 6:45 p.m. – 4-H Market Animal Auction Awards Ceremony (Main Show Ring)
  • 7 p.m. – 4-H Market Animal Auction Sale Begins (Main Show Ring)
  • 7:30 – 10 p.m. – Band – Savage Cabbage (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 17, 2019 - 8:00am


Wednesday, July 17th – EMERGENCY RESPONDER’S NIGHT

  • 8:30 a.m. – OPEN Class Swine must be in place
  • 9 a.m. – 4H Horse may arrive
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Hog Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H & Open Class Goats must be removed from Goat Barn (Except Market
  • Auction Goats)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Milking Dairy Cows must be in place
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Open
  • Noon – 4-H Sheep Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens, (Weather permitting)
  • 2 p.m. – 4H Horses must be in place
  • 5:30 p.m. – Fair Parade Line Up (Racing Pit Area)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Fair Parade
  • 7 p.m. – Band – Red Creek (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to changeFollow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 16, 2019 - 8:00am


Tuesday, July 16th – sponsored by ROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTH

  • 9 a.m. – Halter Class – Draft Horses (Horse Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Cloverbud Rabbit Show (Merton Building)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 11 a.m. – 4-H Dairy & Meat Goat Show (Main Show Ring)
  • Immediately followed by Open Class Goat Show
  • Noon – OPEN Draft Hitch Show (Horse Arena)
  • 1 p.m. – 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens
  • 2 – 10 p.m. -- Faith at the Fair (Entertainment Tent)
  • 5 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Hog Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 7 p.m. – Fair Barn Dance (Open Dairy Barn)
  • 9 p.m. – 4-H & Open Class Goats Released (Except Market Auction Goats)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 15, 2019 - 8:00am


Monday, July 15th – VETERAN’S DAY AT THE FAIR

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Market Auction Goat Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Cloverbud Poultry Show (Merton Building)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Fitting Clinic & Master Fitter Competition
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Goat Agility Contest (Goat Barn Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Market Auction Lamb Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Dairy Steer Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 5 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Beef Steer Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 5 p.m. – North American Classic Six-Horse Hitch (Horse Arena)
  • 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Band – BB Dang (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 14, 2019 - 8:00am


Sunday, July 14 – SENIOR CITIZEN DAY

  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Beef Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 11 a.m. -- Skyhunters Birds of Prey (until 2 pm)
  • Noon – Open Class Beef Show (Main Show Ring)
  • Noon – 4-H Club Exhibits must be in place
  • Noon – Midway Opens
  • 3 p.m. – Six Horse Hitch Classes (Horse Arena)
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Rabbit Show (Merton Building)
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Lamb Final Weigh In
  • 7 to 10 p.m. -- Band – TBD (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 13, 2019 - 8:00am


Saturday, July 13th – DRIVE YOUR TRACTOR TO THE FAIR DAY - Fair Opens @ 9 a.m.

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Dog Show Demonstration (Horse Practice Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Kennedy Building Exhibit Judging (Kennedy Building)
  • 11 a.m. – 4-H Livestock must be in place (Dairy Heifers/Calves, Dairy Steers, Beef Steers/Heifers, Sheep, Goats, Hogs, Poultry, Rabbits)
  • Noon – 4-H Market Auction Beef, Hog & Goat Final Weigh In
  • Noon – Midway Opens
  • Noon – Talent Show
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Poultry Show (Merton Building)
  • 6 p.m. – 4-H Livestock Costume Contest (Main Show Ring)
  • 6 p.m. – Genesee Speedway Racing
  • 7 p.m. – Karaoke FINALS
  • 11 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

July 12, 2019 - 12:00pm


Friday, July 12th – PREVIEW NIGHT • Free Parking

  • 4 p.m. – Midway OPEN
  • 7 p.m. – Karaoke Qualifier

Daily at the Genesee County Fair:

  • Mechanical Bull Riding – try your hand at bull riding on the mechanical bull
  • Balloon Display and Demonstrations
  • Pig Racing
  • Entertainer – Wade Henry

Events & times subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with changes.

May 17, 2019 - 9:36pm
posted by Tracy Eisele in Event, Vacation Bible School, bible, crafts, games.
Event Date and Time: 
August 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
"Getting S'more of Jesus - Camp Out" is the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School. Kids entering grades K-6th are invited to join us to learn about Jesus through Bible stories, games, and crafts. The event is held on 8/2/19 - 8/4/19 and runs from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each night. For more information call (585) 591-1765 or email us at [email protected]
July 13, 2016 - 12:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pokemon Go, games, batavia, news.

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     The gym at HLOM

See the people walking around town staring at their phones? You may have seen more of them these past few days. It's easy to assume they're checking a social media account or texting. That assumption is likely incorrect in each and every case.

Actually, nearly every one of those people you see, usually in twos or threes, with noses down, eyes locked on their smartphone screens, are playing a game, a game that gets people off the couch, out of the house, onto the street and doing something Luddites often complain people don't do in the always-connect age: talking with each other.

The game is Pokemon Go, a version of the iconic Pokemon game updated for the era of smartphones.

What all these people are looking at is a virtual world superimposed on the real world, a world you can't see unless you download the app and create an account. They are seeing a world populated by the likes of wartortlesbutterfrees and caterpie, hunting for pokespots and gyms, building their strength and resources for their team to battle for control of those gyms.

"I've had it since Friday night," said Michael Snyder, of Batavia. "I saw my brother running to get a Pokemon over by Kelsey Road and he said, 'you gotta get this game.' He said, 'It's so much fun,' and it is. It motivates me to get outside and it's so much fun."

Pokemon started in the 1990s as a card game and players traded cards much like baseball cards. In 2006, the first video game was made for GameBoy and the Pokemon franchise has been one of Nintendo's most popular games every since, but Nintendo had largely ignored the mobile market until the release of Pokemon Go.

Since then, Pokemon Go is the most downloaded app (more than 7.5 million downloads) in both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Nintendo's stock has gained $7.5 billion in market value in two days. Even though the game is a free download, in-app purchases have reportedly generated more than $14 million in revenue (Google and Nintendo reportedly invested $30 million in developing the game).

The game uses technology first built for another social playing game developed by a former Google employee and leverages data from Google Earth. 

When you download the game, you design your avatar and then see your avatar standing on a map of your real-life community. The location of your avatar corresponds with your actual physical location. If you're at home, your avatar is on the map where your house should be (buildings are not shown). If you get out and walk about, then your avatar walks along the street and turns as you turn.

If you happen upon a Pokemon, then you try to flick a white and red ball at it to capture it. Sometimes you miss, sometimes you snare it and then it escapes, and sometimes you get to keep it.

The first goal of Pokemon is to "catch 'em all." (Link: How to play Pokemon Go.)

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     Time to catch a Zubat.

The more you capture the more you can do with the game. You move up levels, your Pokemon can evolve and you incubate the eggs you acquire pokestops so you get more Pokemon. At level five, you can join a team. The teams are Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue) and Valor (red). Once you're on a team, you can capture a gym for your team and train in a gym and defend your gym. The stronger and more evolved your Pokemon, the better your chances of capturing a gym and holding a gym from attacks by other teams.

"I've been playing Pokemon since I was a kid," said Luis Ortiz, of Batavia. "Even as a kid, you would wish something like this would come out and it finally has."

The game is popular, people say because it gets you outside and you meet people and make new friends.

Ortiz was at the Peace Garden Tuesday afternoon, as were about a dozen other people. That used to never happen on a typical  day, even one as sunny and pleasant as Tuesday, but that crowd was nothing like the one several people said was there on Monday night (or we witnessed on Tuesday night). As many as 30 people were in the garden at one time.

The garden has become Batavia's Pokemon hotspot because it contains two pokespots and there is a gym at the Holland Land Office Museum.

Pokespots are locations where you can fill your satchel with balls to capture Pokemon with, perhaps get eggs, and they are also places where you will find lots of Pokemon to a capture. The pokespots act as lures for Pokemon.

"The game gets people closer," Ortiz said. "We came out here last night another were about 25 to 30 people here walking up and down, saying, ‘Hi', so it’s really cool. It gets you outside and you get to do stuff."

Maximus Mantrow, from Greece, was driving his girlfriend past the garden this afternoon and she had her app open. They spotted the pokespots, the gym and several people in the garden, so they decided to stop.

"It’s cool," Mantrow said. "You meet a lot of cool people, you start talking, you make friends. It's fun."

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     St. Joe's

Montrow said he's always been a fan of Pokemon, but he wasn't planning on downloading the game until he did and now he's hooked.

"I was like 'I don’t know about this', but I was playing a little more and it’s got that addictive nature to it, you know," Montrow said. "You get this one and then you’re like, ‘oh, I can catch that one, too, and I can catch that’ and after that, you can evolve it into something else. It’s just a lot of fun."

Sarah and Sophie Matlow drove from Le Roy to Batavia this afternoon and were walking through Downtown (they didn't even know about the Peace Garden treasures yet) because there isn't that much Pokemon activity in Le Roy.

“I like Pokemon too much for a 17-year-old girl," said Sophie, a student at Le Roy High School, and Sarah, a student at Alfred State College, added, “and I just wanted to play it with her."

As we talked, a young man walked by and said, yes, he was playing, too, and added, "I just captured that gym," which is on East Main Street.

"Everyone is playing this game right now," Sarah said. "It’s crazy."

App user stats bear out the sense that Pokemon Go is wildly popular already. Besides being number one in the app stores, the average daily use of those who download it already exceeds all other social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

Besides the social benefits of Pokemon Go, users say they love the idea of going outside and actually walking around to play a video game. They recognize health benefits.

"I've read about people getting leg cramps because they’ve been playing Pokemon Go so much; so people, like, hate on it so much because it actually makes you move, but it’s great," Sophie said.

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More of the story and more photos after the jump (click the headline or "read more" below):

August 19, 2011 - 10:31am
posted by Trisha Riggi in library, Le Roy, Programs, games, woodward memorial library, adults.
Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2013 - 9:00am to April 24, 2013 - 8:30pm

Thursday, Apr. 25 from 6-8 p.m. 

Join the fun with a group of adults that love to play board games. Many games to choose from!!

This is an adult program and registration is required.

Visit us online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.

July 8, 2009 - 11:02am
posted by Bea McManis in Facebook, games.

Bea stands up, shuffles feet, and clears throat.

My name is Bea and I am a Farm Town addict.

I'm not sure if it is because I'm in a rural area that living the farm life vicariously through this simulation or if it is the thrill of selling  produce for vast sums of money, but I'm stuck on it.

Thanks to a good batavian.com blogger (we don't name names, because some addicts don't want to become public)  who helped me harvest last night.  It worked out for both of us.

Just a hint to those of you who do farm and send stuff....I really, really, really need animals.  My farm just doesn't look right without them. hint, hint, hint.

I'm weaning my way out of the farm for the weekend by planting crops that take three days to ripen.  That way I won't need to be there all weekend long.  Think it will work?

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