SCHOHARIE COUNTY – The 145th Schoharie County Sunshine Fair opens this week.
The six-day-fair will be open Tuesday through Sunday.
“Our county fair, we’re so much different from a lot of county fairs,” Fair President Doug Cater said. “We are a pay one price fair. So that means when you pay your gate admission it covers your fair admission, free parking, all the grandstand events are free, and every music show is free, and not only that it includes the rides. Most fairs you’re paying to go on the rides, our gate admission includes everything.”
Gate admission is $17 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $20 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Entries for this year’s agricultural events are up, Cater said. He explained this year the bar will be full, and there is double the amount of chickens and rabbits entered this year.
This year’s fair will have a circus, an aquatic acrobat show, step dancers, chainsaw sculptures, live music, animal shows, rides, a bike giveaway and so much more Cater said.
New at the fair this year will be a dog agility tent Cater said. He explained The Schoharie County Kennel Club combined with the Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter will be doing demonstrations throughout the day every day. Cater said.
“Of course we have all the favorites, you have to keep all the classics at the county fair,” Cater said. “Like the demolition derby, the tractor pulls, the truck pulls. In front of the grand stand this year we’ll also have a pony pull on Wednesday. Saturday morning we have an equipment competition, companies come in and do all these fancy moves.”
The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair is the only county fair in eastern New York to have harness racing, Cater said. Post time for the race is Tuesday at noon.
“Our concessions are definitely up this year,” Cater said. “We have the largest number of concessions we’ve had in years.”
In addition to fair favorites like sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions, cotton candy, fried dough and fresh squeezed lemonade this year the fair will also offer many new foods like fresh donuts and wraps Cater said.
“We have our large entertainment tent, we call it the Party Tent Theater, and we have music and different shows in there every single day,” Cater said. “Our big name entertainer this year is county classic, T. G. Sheppard. He had 21 No. 1 country hits. He’ll be playing Wednesday night at 8.”
Fair gates will be open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight and the exhibit buildings are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.