It’s time for the Oswego County Fair!

An overview of the hustle and bustle at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek during the annual Oswego County Fair. The fair opens its run this year Wednesday July 2 and runs through Sunday July 6. There is free admission and free parking, but some grandstand shows may charge an admission fee. The fairgrounds is on Ellisburg Street, a left turn off Route 11 if you’re heading north right by the Tops grocery store.
An overview of the hustle and bustle at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek during the annual Oswego County Fair. The fair opens its run this year Wednesday July 2 and runs through Sunday July 6. There is free admission and free parking, but some grandstand shows may charge an admission fee. The fairgrounds is on Ellisburg Street, a left turn off Route 11 if you’re heading north right by the Tops grocery store.

fairBy Debra J. Groom

It’s summer, time to get outdoors and have some fun.

And what better place for some fun than the Oswego County Fair.

July 2 kicks off the 2014 version of the fair, complete with everything attendees have come to know and love and even some new attractions.

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Anne Gibbs, a long-time fair official who speaks for the fair, said those coming to the fair will see the following new events:

• Buffalo Barfield is back. This popular show had been at the fair for years but then took a hiatus. According to his website, Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, storyteller and country comedian. He has written numerous songs in the country, bluegrass, gospel and children’s music genres.

He has been entertaining professionally for more than 20 years, and on average performs more than  200 shows a year with the help of his wife Michele.

• BMX bike riding exhibition. This will team with a character building and anti-bullying message for all the children who attend.

• Alpacas will be on display for the first time.

• There will be two demolition derbies — not just one. They are set for Thursday and Saturday.

Children and teenagers from all over Oswego County will show their animals at the fair.
Children and teenagers from all over Oswego County will show their animals at the fair.

Also back this year is the popular dog show at 1 p.m. Saturday. Gibbs said last year was the first time for the dog show and it proved to be very entertaining and popular.

On Sunday another popular animal show — this one for rabbits — will return.

And of course, there will be other animals show on tap at various times throughout the fair as children and teens from across the county show their prized animals to win ribbons and a chance to exhibit at the New York State Fair.

The Hawkins Amusement Rides will be back this year. Special prices for rides are from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, a mega pass is $28. The mega pass for noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday is $18 and the mega pass for 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday is $18.

Hawkins Amusement Rides are offering “mega pass” special prices for rides. From noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, a mega pass is $28. The mega pass for noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday is $18 and the mega pass for 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday is $18. Photos are from previous fairs on the fair website.
Hawkins Amusement Rides are offering “mega pass” special prices for rides. From noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, a mega pass is $28. The mega pass for noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday is $18 and the mega pass for 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday is $18. Photos are from previous fairs on the fair website.

Gibbs said the talent show also returns on Thursday. She said the show had fizzed out a tad but then in the last two years has come back with a vengeance.

Other popular shows and events that will be back at the fair include Fritz’s Polka Band, Still Kickin’, the Olde Time Lumberjack Show, truck pulls (on Friday) and a Gospel singing group (also Friday).

The one thing visitors won’t see at the Oswego County Fair or any fair in the state is swine.

A virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, which has a high mortality rate among piglets, has led to the State Fair and other fairs to not bring in sows and piglets this year.

“It’s really too bad because they are so cute to see,” said Gibbs of the piglets.

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