The 2019 edition of the Ulster County Fair returns to the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz from July 30 to August 4 and opens with a bang: an entry discount of $50 for up to eight people on Carload Night, beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Seniors are admitted free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 1; otherwise, the pay-one-price admission of $17 per person covers all midway rides, shows and entertainment (not counting games).
The fairgrounds are open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. on Sunday. Rides open at 11 a.m.
Daily entertainment includes music, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, the Two by Two Petting Zoo, stiltwalker Carrie McQueen, Professor Chalmers Bodkin-Child’s Amazing Patent Medicine and Magic Show, the Butterfly Experience and chainsaw carver Josh Landry.
Wednesday evening ends with fireworks. There’s a garden tractor pull on Tuesday evening, a truck pull on Thursday evening and an antique tractor pull on Friday evening. Horse shows spotlight draft horses on Wednesday and Friday, ponies on Thursday, a Western gymkhana on Saturday and English dressage on Sunday.
Music acts include:
- Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: 90 Proof
- Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Craig Morgan
- Thursday, 8 p.m.: Felice Brothers. (Formerly Confederate Railroad, cancelled following controversy.)
- Friday, 8 p.m.: Little Texas
- Saturday, 8 p.m.: Seth Cook
- Sunday, 5:30 p.m.: Fran Cosmo (formerly of the band Boston)
Other attractions include police dog drills, spinning and weaving demonstrations, all the usual competitions for farm animals, preserves and pies — not to mention the 4-H Club’s booth selling justly famous extra-thick milkshakes.
For full County Fair schedules and much more info, visit http://ulstercountyfair.com.