Columbia County Fair!

Get ready for six days of fun August 29th through Labor Day in Chatham, New York with all your fair favorites as well as new entertainment that will fill the stages, exhibit buildings, barns, midway, and grandstand.


  • Single admission (excluding Sunday): $10
  • Sunday admission: $15
  • Senior citizens 62 and over (Thursday 10am to 4pm): $5
  • Youth Day 18 and under (Thursday 10am to 4pm): Free
  • Active military individual personnel, with ID or uniform: Free (not a family discount)
  • Grandstand entertainment free
  • Parking free

Cash only for entry at the gate. ATMs are available.

Advanced Tickets

  • $8 each (saving of $2 every day and $7 on Sunday when you buy in advance)
  • Advance tickets are available at the fair administration office until Tuesday night before the fair opens.

Advanced tickets at other local outlets locations begin August 1st until August 28th at the following locations:

  • Price Chopper supermarkets (starting August 6th)
  • Agaway stores
  • The Bank of Greene County branch offices
  • Taconic Valley Lawn & Garden
  • Xtra Marts in Columbia County

Demolition Derby

Motorheads will get their dose of metal-smashing mayhem with two nights of Demolition Derby. On Wednesday night, catch 4 cylinders, mini vans, mini pick-ups, and mini SUVs heats, plus 6 and 8 cylinders and full-size pick-ups and vans on Thursday night.

Truck Pulling

New to Friday night is the New York Truck Pulling circuit rolling into our Grandstand for one exciting night of diesel, 4WD modified and enhanced gas competitors, produced by Shootout Productions.

Painted Pony Rodeo

The excitement of bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding thrills fairgoers on Labor Day with professional cowboys throughout the country competing for cash prizes and a chance at the year-end trophy buckle at the Painted Pony Rodeo. Team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, and ladies barrel racing contest fill out the event.

Monster Tractors

On Saturday, the raging Monster Tractors will once again pull their heavy loads past the grandstand crowd, testing fairgoers eardrums while earning points towards the circuit championship.

Firefighters Parade

The annual Firefighters Parade steps off at 11am on Saturday with Columbia County Fire and EMS companies marching along with the Ghent Band.

Competitions & Exhibitions

Back again for 2018 are all of our favorite competitions of livestock, talent, beverage making, domestic arts and crafts, antique tractors, quilts, produce, sunflowers, scarecrows, school work, photography, school girl queen, flowers, scouting, wool, watermelon and ice cream eating, 4-H, and Grange.

Entertainment & More

The beat goes on throughout the Fair with musical performances in the Upper Entertainment Garden, NorthGate Stage, and Pavillion. Plus thrilling midway rides, games of chance, fabulous food concessions, and product and services vendors galore.

Special Rides Passes

Hand stamps are required for daily ride passes. Special ride passes are only available at the ride ticket booth across from the cattle area at North Gate entrance.

For your safety, please note there are individual ride restrictions. See restrictions at entrance of each ride for details before purchasing ride tickets or passes.

  • Wednesday (1pm to closing): $15
  • Thursday (12pm to closing): $20
  • Friday (open to closing): $20
  • Saturday (open to closing): $20
  • Sunday (open to closing): $20
  • Monday (12pm to closing): $15


  • Wednesday: 12pm – 11pm
  • Thursday – Monday: 10am – 11pm


Parking is free! Please use the Route 66 vehicular gate, with four lanes to keep traffic moving. Buy fair tickets after you park.

There is handicapped parking – ask the parking attendants for guidance.

Route 203, North Gate, is a walk-in gate only.

Additional Information

To reserve free wheelchair use, inquire at admission gates (limited amount available). There is a security deposit required.

Alcohol is sold and consumed only in the Pavilion and the Upper Entertainment Garden.

Smoking is not allowed in any building, Grandstand, or bleachers.

No pets are allowed on the fairgrounds at any time. Trained service dogs that help persons with disabilities are allowed. Service dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination to enter the fairgrounds. (Do not leave your pet in the car. Extreme temperatures may cause death or serious physical injury.)

The fair is a rain or shine event.

Drones, bicycles, mopeds, skateboards, rollerblades, heelies, and personal motorized vehicles are not allowed.

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