Wyoming County Fair

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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A throng of spectators lined Main and Water streets Monday night for the Wyoming County Fair Grand Parade. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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See our Facebook page for more photos.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Fair, news, Arcade.

The parade scheduled for this evening at the Wyoming County Fair in Pike has been canceled

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, fair, Wyoming County Fair, Pike.

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File photos.

The tents are up. The rides are in place. Food vendors are prepping their stands to be at the ready to dish out culinary delights. Welcome to the 173rd Wyoming County Fair in Pike!

Fair week kicks off at noon tomorrow and nighttime activities include a performance tractor pull at 7:30 and fireworks at 10:15.

On Sunday, get ready for the open horse show at 6:30 p.m. and the queen talent contest at 7 p.m. Check out the Grand Parade beginning at 7 p.m. Monday and the Firemen’s Parade at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

It’ll be a weeklong celebration of fun, food, and activities that make Wyoming County home.

For a listing of daily activities through Aug. 20 visit the Wyoming County Fair website. 

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:25 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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The final day of the "Pike Fair" was met with sunshine and a grand crowd. 

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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The grandstands were packed for Friday evening's first installment of the annual tractor pull. The event continues tonight at the Pike fairgrounds at 7:30.

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm

A little over one year ago this week I was asked if I would be interested in "exploring" Wyoming County by our publisher, Howard Owens.  I immediately responded yes.  Oddly, my journey a year ago began Fair week and has come full circle.  Amazing to see the connections I have made, friendships, both old and new that have grown through this year, and to see a cycle of community events come around again. Chicken Barbecues, Wine Walks, and Fall Festivals are all in the near future.  Shop and support local. 

Wyoming County has been a key role in my life over the last 42 years as a lifelong resident of Le Roy.  I was born in WCCH.  All four of my children were born in WCCH.  My family has used a few doctors in Warsaw over the years and I currently use a doctor in Perry.  I have always ventured out to Letchworth State Park (vote #1 this year in State Parks), Silver Lake Drive-In, Warsaw Firemen's Carnival, and Pike Fair (aka Wyoming County Fair) to list a few of the places that have been family-friendly outings for many years. Remember to thank the volunteers that organize event, fund raise and give endless hours protecting you.

When I began this journey one of my first conversations was with Ed Jordan, Montgomery Shoes in Warsaw.  He asked questions and listen to me as I presented our new site, Wyoming County Free Press and what we were.  He was not a tech savvy internet business owner. He spent a lot of time explaining that he thought it was a great idea and service, but he also reminded me that while these communities needed this service, that they also wanted to see I wasn't just not there to be another source of advertising to take their money.  Many of these business owners not only have businesses in these communities, but really invest in them.  They wanted to see that I was invested in promoting them and being involved in them too.  This was not a problem for me.  I love to shop (I have a sticker on my car- Born to Shop) and support local, to really invest where I live and work.  He commented how I was a real go-getter that he thought was a perfect fit.  He was absolutely correct. 

I have attended and participated in many events this last year all over Wyoming County.  I have brought friends out to these events and our children.  I stop and eat at these local restaurants and shop the local stores with unique gifts for people I know.  I invest and shop local right where I live.   Just today as I was posting on my facebook I had a friend ask me about Italian food in Wyoming County.  I continually post on my facebook page events and how close they are.  About exploring what is right here in both Genesee County (where I reside) and in Wyoming County where I spend many of my days.  There are so any fine businesses that have been in these communities for years and some for generations. 

Time always flies when you have fun and boy has this year flown by.  The time I spend does not feel like a job.  It is a career.  Not many people are as lucky as I am to truly enjoy their job. 

The premise that we run the WCFP is to only accept site sponsors/advertisers from local businesses or regional offices operating within Wyoming County and never any box chain stores.  They are the people that live here.  They grow businesses, families, and communitites.  WCFP promotes what is already here to the people that live here and to get people from other counties to "explore" what is here.  I had the pleasure this week at our booth to meet many people venturing out to the Fair that were natives and many who traveled to visit the fair.  I met people from Pennsylvania, Maine, and Texas to name a few states.  I met Alleghany, Orleans, Livingston, Steuben, Cattaragus, Erie, and Genesee Counties.  There is something that people gravitated to right here in Pike , NY. 

I heard many say this by far is the best small, country County Fair in this area of the state.  I would have to agree.

Many people have still not heard of WCFP until I speak to them.  Many people are telling me they follow us on facebook or got to the page regularly.  Visit the site regularly (http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com), as facebook limits content you see randomly. They love that we only cover Wyoming County.  They already shop and support local.  We only accept advertisers from Wyoming County.  That we have a free community calender to post all the events in your comunities or that your organizations to post on.  We offer dining deals a couple times a month in the main news feed. That we are posting news events quicker.  We have been doing the same in Genesee County for six years as The Batavian (http://www.thebatavian.com ).

They are realizing that we are a blog format site, to create a user account to comment under stories, enter events on the community calender, and you are able to click on may of our site sponsors ads which will take you directly to their facebook or websites.  I am really educating people on how interactive and friendly our website is. 

I want to take this time to say it has been a great opportunity "exploring" Wyoming County this last year.  I have met many new friends and acquaintances throughout Wyoming County from Pavilion, Warsaw, Perry, Portageville (Genesee Falls), Arcade, Attica,Strykersville, and Java to name a few.  There is a large agricultural and tourism side to this county, but there is a growing manufacturing side to Wyoming County that is hidden.

I will continue "exploring"  this county. Shopping and supporting local.   I would like to challenge you to "explore" what is right in your own communities and county. 

Thank you for supporting http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com.   This journey has just began for us all and we will continue to grow together.

 

 

 

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming County Fair, Pike.

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Livestock judging at the "Pike Fair."

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Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming County Fair, Pike.

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Rabbit judging at the Wyoming County Fair.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:04 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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A swift-moving sunshower earlier this week quickly revealed a rainbow over the fairgrounds.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming County Fair, Pike.

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Generations of family and friends gathered along Main and Water streets, Pike, to watch the Grand Parade. 

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 11:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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Nothing says summer better than the sights, sounds and smells of county fairs; and Noah Cappe, host of the television show "Carnival Eats," agrees.

“One of the things I love is that we do the giant fairs, but we also do the smaller community events as well,” said the Cooking Channel host. “They are amazing, small, authentic, old school events. We get to meet real people and taste authentic food.”

Cappe and his film crew spent two days at the “Pike Fair” filming for their newest segment of "Carnival Eats." While he couldn’t pinpoint the exact date of when the show featuring Wyoming County’s fair will be, he did say this was their first day of filming for season three. 

According to the show’s Web site, "Carnival Eats" "celebrates today’s modern gastronomic freak show and takes you on an international, food-frenzied rollercoaster of culinary delights, to the new epicenter of carnival life – food."

“We aren’t reinventing the wheel,” Cappe said. “It’s pure entertainment, pure culinary indulgence. It’s just a fun show to sit back and say, ‘Man, I’d love to try that.’ ”

To keep an eye out for the segment on the “Pike Fair” visit http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/carnival-eats.html. And don’t forget to try some deliciousness at the Wyoming County Fair.

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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For more photos see our Facebook page.

Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Pike, Wyoming County Fair, events.

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Photos are from opening day of the Wyoming County Fair. Festivities continue through Aug. 22. 

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming County Fair, Pike.

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Tents are being erected, rides are put in place, the grounds are mowed and trimmed, and there is anticipation in the air. For the 172nd year, the Wyoming County Fair comes to Pike. 

Final preparations and vendor setup are well under way for the grand opening of the “Pike Fair” Saturday. The fair runs through Aug. 22. 

For a rundown on the Fair highlights visit http://www.wyomingcountyfair.org/.

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Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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Although Dairy Month has passed, Wyoming County 4-H dairy participants remain busy year round.

The 4-H dairy program focuses on developing youth’s knowledge of dairy cattle and the industry, while building skills like teamwork, responsibility, leadership and sportsmanship. The program offers events such as the Dairy Bowl, judging, challenge, and a fitting and showing clinics. These events culminate at the dairy cattle show and exhibit at the Wyoming County Fair, Aug. 15 through 23 at the fairgrounds in Pike.

The Dairy Bowl generally takes place in January and texts participants knowledge in both team and individual events. The competition involves questions relating to cows, farm practices, environmental aspects of farming, and dairy products. Top scoring individuals have an opportunity to advance to the district and state levels.

Two judging events take place in Mach and April. Held at three local farms, 4-Hers judge two classes of dairy cows. Each class is comprised of four cows of the same breed and age. The judging is based on the Dairy Cow Unified Score Card. An official judge is on hand who will then place the animals in the correct class and explains their reasoning behind the placements. Again, top-scoring individuals have an opportunity to advance on to the district and state levels. 

The Dairy Challenge allows the youths to get hands-on experience identifying farm equipment, products, feeds and forages, cow reproductive systems and equipment, and breeds and parts of a dairy cow. The top four 4-Hers of the junior and senior class have an opportunity to compete at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, Aug. 27 through Sept. 7.

According to the Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), the county fair is the most anticipated event of a 4-Her’s summer; nearly 200 are enrolled as dairy program participants. There are two 4-H dairy shows held during fair week: Showmanship on Aug. 18 and Breed and Composition on Aug. 20. Not only do the kids show their cows, there are expected to care for their animal all day and answer any dairy related questions posed to them.

For more information on the 4-H dairy program or other 4-H programs call (585) 786-2251 or visit www.wyomingcounty4H.com.

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