2013 Trumansburg Fair: Fun in the NY Finger Lakes Region

Throughout America, thousands of towns look forward to annual summer events.  And so often, the main summer event of the year is the local fair!  Trumansburg is no exception to this rule, and we welcome you to take in all the family-friendly fun and excitement of the 2013 Trumansburg Fair on August 21-26, 2013!

The Fair can be found at the edge of town along Trumansburg Road, just southeast of downtown, just 1/2 mile from the Inn at Gothic Eves.  Although smaller than most State Fairs in the U.S., our version will take you back to a simpler time, when families and neighbors come together to celebrate the community, even while enjoying some friendly competition in the form of 4-H, animal rearing, jam contests, tractor pulls, etc.  Kids love the fair with its many activities geared towards youth, and you’ll enjoy reminiscing about time spent at your own hometown fairs in times past.

This small-town fair has some big activities for attendees of every interest.  See the animals, ride the rides, eat the great Midway foods, enjoy the parade, free petting zoo, competitions, and live shows!  A beer tent will also be open at various times throughout the Fair. Parking is free on the Fair grounds.  Admission is $5.00 per person (12 and under are free), with a Saturday discount from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. when it is $2.00 per person (no child discounts at this time).  Grandstand admission ranges from free to $7.00, depending on the event.

Tuesday, August 21:  The fair officially opens at 4:00 p.m., although activities at the fairgrounds begin at noon with Colt Stake and Harness Racing, the start of exhibit judging, and demolition derby activities.  Tuesday is also Senior Citizen Day from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Grandstand admission for today’s activities is $5.00 per person (children under 2 are always free).

Wednesday, August 22:  Children’s Day at the Fair begins at noon with a Children’s Program at 2:00 p.m. and activities throughout the fair.  Ride wristbands are available from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and are good until 6:00 p.m.  Light- and Heavy-weight Horse Pulls begin this evening at 6:00 p.m. with free admission to the Grandstand.

Thursday, August 23 brings another Senior Citizens Day in the afternoon from 12:00 – 5:00.  While you can get into the gates at noon, the Midway officially opens at 2:00 p.m.  Ride wristbands are available from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and are good until the Midway closes.  Thursday night is also Family Night with the Grass Roots All-Stars performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Grandstand with free seating for all.

Friday, August 24 is another Children’s Day!  Wristbands are again available from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and are good until 6:00 p.m.  A Children’s Pedal Pull competition happens that afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  Wristbands will again be sold from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. and will be good until midnight.  This evening’s main Grandstand Event is the Championship Figure 8 Race at 8:00 p.m. with Grandstand admission of $5.00.

Saturday, August 25 is the most popular day at the Fair with the most activities and a number of great activities!  A horseshoe pitching competition commences that morning from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., with finals happening from 11:30 – 3:00, and 3:30 – 7:30.  The Youth Horse Show begins at 10:00 a.m., with the Midway opening at noon.  Both Admission and Rides are $2.00 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday’s biggest joy for families is the Fireman’s Parade which kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and features almost every firetruck in the area!  This very long and festive parade will have the kids scrambling for candy treats thrown by volunteer riders.  And after that evening’s auto events in the Grandstand area (Freestyle Automobile Rollover, Monster Truck Show, and Mini Van Demolition Derby, all beginning at 7:00 p.m. with a $7.00 Grandstand admission), be sure to stick around for the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.!

Sunday, August 26:  The final day of the Fair brings the Adult Horse Show in the morning.  The Midway opens at noon with Wristbands available until 4:00 p.m. (and are good until 6).  That evening’s main event is the Demolition Derby Final, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ($7.00 Grandstand admission).

At any time during the fair, have a look at the livestock, stop into the judging areas for a look at gorgeous produce and beautiful creations, catch a chainsaw caving demonstration, and just go back to simpler days at this great community event!  And let the Inn at Gothic Eves be your relaxing vacation accommodations during this very exciting time in our town.

Please note that dogs/pets are not allowed for safety reasons (service animals are welcome).

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