What’s New at the Fair: 2021

What’s New at the Fair: 2021

Just a short drive from Saratoga and an hour north of Albany, the Washington County Fair brings together the best entertainment, rides, and more animals than anywhere else for one special week at the end of each August. It’s New York’s #1 Agricultural County Fair!

But it’s so much more than sno-cones and cotton candy. For more than a century, the Washington County Fair has been an important part of our community. Take in the sights and sounds of the midway, taste the county’s incredible products, from milk to maple, and experience the Big Push, a live dairy cow birthing demonstration celebrating the beauty of new life that farmers experience many times throughout the year.

While we’re proud of our great agricultural traditions, the fair also changes with the world around us. And this year is no different! Let’s see what’s new at the 2021 Washington County Fair!

Thank You For Your Service

This year, ​Thursday, August 26, 2021, will be Military Appreciation Day at the fairgrounds, with half-price admission for Veterans. Plus, there will be a special, long-overdue ceremony for Vietnam War Veterans, courtesy of Saratoga National Cemetery. Don’t miss it, 10:30 AM in Entertainment Tent #1.

Taste the “Pride of Washington County”

Our county is known for its agriculture, and this year you can see, taste, and explore all about how your favorite (and new favorite) products are made!

First stop, the County Bounty building for the new Mini Farmers’ Market! Learn more about our local farmers and sample and purchase products produced right here in Washington County, all week long! Then, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday night, enjoy Craft Beverages by the Glass, Presented by Washington County Producers.

As you head back into the main drag, be sure to catch the new Maple Experience by the Maple Building and the Fair Week Food Truck Corral featuring a different local food truck each day!

In the exhibition barns, you may even notice a new class dedicated to the region, the Pride of Washington County, a new way to show fairgoers what Washington County has to offer!

Experience Incredible Entertainment

Each year, the Washington County Fair near Saratoga Springs puts out all the stops for great entertainment. From grandstand favorites to the region’s best music, there’s something for everyone, all day long!

In the main Entertainment Tent, you can catch performances by ​​Roxy and the Road Kings and the NY Lounge Lizards, both new to the fair this year. Returning to the Entertainment Tent are Skeeter Creek, Big Sky Country, Jeff Williams, Smokey Green, and Our Region’s Got Talent, presented by Hits 95.9.

Another great new show at this year’s fair is the Hog Diggity Dog Show! Fun for the whole family, catch 25 minutes of incredible acrobatics from talented dogs, hogs, and more. Every day next to the CTE tent at 11 AM and 6 PM, plus 3 PM shows on Saturday and Sunday!

For more incredible animals, be sure to catch the Ox Versatility Challenge in the Horse Arena! Wednesday at 11 AM.

The Future of Washington County

​​Back again this year is Career and Technical Education Day, with a focus on Women in the Trades! Watch hands-on demonstrations of CTE training programs for high school-aged students and adults. Plus, on Friday, learn about how the CTE programs support area girls and women entering the trades.

Jam-packed days and entertaining nights: there’s nothing like spending the day at the fair. It’s not long now before the gates open on August 23 for the Washington County Fair!