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Madison County Fair

Accepting Scholarships Applications

 

Brookfield, New York, Jan. 28, 2014

 

Plans are underway for a very special edition of the Madison County Fair in 2014.  The 175th edition of fair slated for July 10th-13th will be a tribute to all those who help make this remarkable milestone a reality.

 

In January several members of the Madison County Fair Board traveled to Rochester to attend the 126th Annual New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention.

At the convention it was announced that once again the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and New York State Showpeople’s Association (NYSSA) are in process of accepting applications for their annual scholarship program, which will award up to ten $1,000 scholarships in 2014.  These scholarships are available to students who are New York State residents, who currently are (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF or the NYSSA and who plan to attend (or already attend) college in pursuit of a degree.  The fair where you have been active or the NYSSA must endorse your application and will submit it for you.  Applications can be dropped off at the Beaver Den Diner in Brookfield or mail to: Madison County Fair, PO Box 114, 1968 Fairgrounds Rd., Brookfield, NY  13314.  The deadline for applications is Friday, April 11th, 2014.

For further information on the scholarship program and application forms, please visit:  http://www.nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm

Wheel Days 2013 A Record Breaker

 

Brookfield, New York, Oct.1, 2013

 

Gorgeous weather provided a perfect weekend for pulling, crashing, cruisin’, and “wheel” fun at the 42nd annual edition of Wheel Days, Sept. 27th-29th.   Every event boosted a record or a near record breaking number of participants. 

 

The truck pulls fielded a near record number with approximately 70 diesel trucks and 50 gas trucks competing for the best pull.  The tractors broke all recent records with approximately 83 tractors spinning down the track attempting to out pull one another. 

 

The Demolition Derby boosted one of the highest number of vehicles in recent years, attracting participants from the edge of Vermont to Pennsylvania, with 156 cars and trucks destined for destruction.  The 8 cylinder feature winner was Matt Menard of Earlville, Eric Eberling of Otego captured the 4 cylinder win, and Jordan Dunagan of Sherburne smashed his way to success in the truck heat.  The rollover contest ended in a tie between Randy Miller of Sherburne and Rudy King of Brookfield.

 

“Just Cruise-In” car show broke their record with 142 show vehicles on the grounds.  The Best of Show trophy winner was a1951 Mercury owned by Al Hauser of Richfield Springs.  First place in the Driver’s Choice division was awarded to a 1972 AMX Javelin owned by Gene Sinardo of Waterville; the second place winner was a 1955 Ford Custom owned by Milt Shepler of Norwich.  A 1959 Ford F1000 owned by Smokey Kimball of Blossvale captured first place in the People’s choice division and second place was awarded to a 1970 Buick Convertible owned by Tony Paino of Madison.

This year’s Sponsor Choice winner was a 1964 Ford F100 owned by Eddie Baxter of Plymouth.

The organizers would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, vendors, participants, and patrons who have helped Wheel Days roll on for 42 successful years.

 

For a more information visit us online at www.madisoncountyfairny.com

Or call (315) 899-5867.

 

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Wheel Days Will Roll Sept. 27th-29th
Brookfield, New York, August 21, 2013

 

 

Be a wheel watcher or a wheel turner when the 42nd annual edition of Wheel Days rolls on to the Madison County Fairgrounds in Brookfield, Sept.27th-29th.

 

Friday evening the wheels start spinning with the diesel truck pull. On Saturday the gas trucks will spin their wheels down the track, followed by an evening of squealing wheels when the Smash’em Crash’em Demolition Derby and Rollover contest takes to the track. Remember that the Demolition Derby is always a sell out with limited grandstand seating, tickets will go on sale at 4pm for a 5pm show.  The wheel excitement continues on Sunday with the stock and modified tractors competing to out pull one another. Sunday is also the day to polish up your wheels for “Just Cruise-In” an event for every Classic, Custom, Antique, Muscle vehicle on wheels.  

 

Beside all this wheel excitement you can get down with the live country music of Sundown, Knight Ryders, and Matt Chase & the Thunder Canyon Band.  Find some treasurers at the flea markets, craft vendors and BCS Senior Auction.  Don’t miss what maybe your last chance of the season to enjoy some chicken barbeque and delicious fair cuisine.

 

If you would like to participate and need more information see the event contacts below:

 

Tractor & Truck Pulls…..Frank 315-939-9057

Demolition Derby & Roll Over….John 315-368-7957

Just Cruise-In…..Annette 315-380-8669

Vendors……Charlie 315-899-6288

 

For further information on any of our events visit us at www.madisoncountyfairny.com.

 

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Madison County Fair Rocked On
Brookfield, New York, July 16, 2013

 

Due to a partnership gone awry the Madison County Fair got off to a rocky start, but rocked on thanks to the empathy of several bands who entertained with little or no compensation for their efforts.  The Madison County Fair Board of Directors would like to express their sincere appreciation to Survivor, Wicked, Red Hush, Northern Lights, Fritz Polka Band, Jason Wicks, Fulton Chain, BoCNY, BOMB, and Pulsate, who lived up to the old adage “The Show Must Go On”.

 

The show did go on throughout the fairgrounds.  Cattle, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and rabbits all came to compete for blue ribbons.  The Madison County Youth Bureau entertained with exhibits and hands on projects in the main event tent.  The stage showcased Madison County’s Talent and the Ms. & Mister Madison County Pageant.  Poems were recited at the poetry reading and stories were shared at the Brookfield Speedway Reunion.  Trucks & tractors pulled for trophies and the Demo Derby played to a capacity crowd that sold out the grandstand before the first engine roared to life.  What could have turned into to a disastrous event was averted by an awesome showing of support; even Mother Nature played her part by bestowing perfect Fair weather. 

 

The Directors of the Madison County Fair would like to thank all of the volunteers, superintendents, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors and patrons; along with the Madison County Board of Supervisors, Madison County Courier, Madison County Tourism, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Madison County Youth Bureau and all of the County Offices that contributed to the success of the 174th edition of the Fair.

 

In response to the encouragement and support received the Madison County Directors have pledged to persevere.  In 2014 the Madison County Fair will mark its 175th Anniversary.  The Directors would like to make the 175th annual edition of the Fair a tribute to everyone who has made this remarkable milestone a reality.  Anyone interested in assisting in this endeavor is encouraged to contact a Fair Board member.  In the meantime the fairgrounds are being geared up for the 42nd Annual edition of Wheel Days that will roll Sept. 27th-29th, let’s keep the positive momentum going.

 

For a more information visit us online at www.madisoncountyfairny.com

Friend us on Facebook at “The Madison County Fair”

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Madison County Fair Rocks with Country
Brookfield, New York, June 20, 2013
 

The 174th edition of the Madison County Fair will be serving up an exciting mixture of entertainment during its four day run July 11th thru 14th.  The venue includes all of the offerings of a traditional county fair; animals, agricultural, exhibits, contest, pageants, midway rides, fair cuisine, along with an impressive lineup of popular national & local music entertainers.

New for 2013 the Fair will feature a night of Rock & Roll and a night of Country Music.  The Grammy award winning rock band Survivor will perform in front of the grandstand opening night (Thursday, July 11th) with special guest Wicked & Red Hush.  On Friday, July 12th Nashville superstars Steve Holy and Mark Wills will co-headline the grandstand country music show with special guest Lyndsey Highlander.  Popular local bands that will be appearing throughout the Fair for FREE in the stage area  include; Northern Lights, Fritz Polka, Jason Wicks, Fulton Chain Gang, BoCNY, The BOMB, Pulsate, and Gridley Page.  Fairgoers will also find that the beer garden will be back on tap.

 

The Brookfield Speedway Racers will return for their 4th Annual Reunion on Friday afternoon with a racecar exhibit and autograph session.  Taking part in the 2013 reunion are special guest from the Motorsports Museum in Weedsport; Harry Elkima, Karl Schartner, Pam Forney & Rich Appleby.

 

 Along with the traditional livestock shows, Animal Alley Ministries will be returning with an educational, interactive exhibit of exotic animals.  Some of the other activities fairgoers may partake in are the Firemen’s Parade, Ta

 

Buckle up for some of the wildest rides at the Fair.  The power pulling competitions will lead off with the truck pull Saturday morning at 9am and the tractors will be pulling Sunday starting at 9am.  The ever popular Demolition Derby & Rollover Contest is slated for 7pm Saturday evening.  New this year wristbands for the grandstand will go on sale at 2pm, with seating at 6pm.  Note this show is always a sell out and seating is limited to 1,500.

 

For a Full Schedule of Events and More Information visit us online at www.madisoncountyfairny.com

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Youth Bureau Hosts Youth Tent

at the Madison County Fair!

Brookfield, New York June 18, 2013

 

The Madison County Youth Bureau is again coordinating free activities in the events tent on Saturday, July 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the 174th Madison County Fair, 1968 Fairgrounds Road in Brookfield.  This the fifth year for the Youth Tent and 14 organizations will be present to offer families the opportunity to participate in games, crafts and fun.  Balloons will be available while supplies last.  Families that visit at least nine booths in the Youth Tent will be eligible to receive a free family board game.  All activities in the Youth Tent are free with paid admission to the Fair.  

 

“We have 14 organizations participating in the Youth Tent this year, which is the most we have ever had at the Fair,” said Joanne Eddy, Director of the Madison County Youth Bureau.  “It is wonderful to see so many local organizations support this event and offer free activities for children and youth.  I am sure all those who come to the Fair on Saturday will have a very enjoyable time.”

 

Groups will host youth activities throughout the day in the Youth Tent.  The theme of the Fair this year is Madison County Goes Green and some booths in the Youth Tent will follow along with the theme.  The Great Swamp Conservancy will host frog activities, crafts, and games at the It's Not Easy Being Green booth.  The Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling will host the Recycle-Sort Game.  Kids can learn from the Recycling Staff what things are recyclable and what are not.  Check out Things That Bug You with the Bug Lady.   Play mini golf with the Youth Bureau and get your face painted by Project Café teens from Cazenovia.  Come meet the Colgate Raider and say hello to the Dairy Princess.  Visit the Sheriff’s Office’s Safe Child ID booth or take a break at the Library Corner. Explore 4-H with fun mini projects and see the Annual Madison County 4-H Photo Contest display. Play a game with the Madison County Literacy Coalition/Madison County Reads Ahead and play the Canal Fact Game with the Chenango Canal Association Towpath Trail.  Play the NO, RUN and TELL Safety Game with Liberty Resources.  Decorate a flower pot and make a flower to go in it with Heritage Farms.

It is recommended that each family stop at the Youth Bureau booth first and pick up a punch card before visiting the booths to be eligible to receive a free family board game. 

 

Entry to the Fair is only $3.00 per person.  Four year olds and under are free.  All activities in the tent are free on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Go to the Youth Bureau’s webpage at http://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/youth-bureau/home to see the Fair flyer and pictures of the Youth Tent from past years. 

 

 

Power Pulling Events at the Madison County Fair

Brookfield, New York, June 3, 2013

Power pulling more commonly known as tractor and truck pulling, is a motorsport competition that is very popular across America.  This sport evolved from the friendly competitions of early day farmers who would match their teams of horses against one another by pulling a sled loaded with rocks. The weight of the sled was increase by adding rocks to the sled until only one team of horses could pull the sled a predetermined distance.

Today, a man and a machine team together to pull a heavy sledge (sled) down the track.  The sledge also known as a weight transfer machine is capable of stopping the most powerful tractor or truck with an awesome amount of transferred weight, along with the extremely large force of drag.  A fine mixture of horsepower, traction, chassis setup and driving skill is required to win at this sport. 

Well over 200 trucks and tractors rev, spin and roar attempting to pull a weight transfer machine 300 feet in front of the Madison County Fair Grandstand yearly.  The Diesel & Gas Truck Pull will take place on Saturday, July 13th at 9am.  On Sunday, July 14th the Tractor Pulling contest will begin at 9am with classes for Stock, Enhanced, and Super Farm.  These tractors weigh in between 4,500 lbs. to 15,500 lbs.

Make your way to the Madison County Fair to enjoy one of America’s popular Power Pulling events this year.

 For More Information on Events at 2013 Madison County Fair visit us online at www.madisoncountyfairny.com 

Buckle Up! You’re in for a Wild Ride at the Madison County Fair

Brookfield, New York, May 20, 2013

Drivers and Spectators alike will thrill to one of the wildest and most popular shows at the Madison County Fair when the Demolition Derby and Rollover competition take place on Saturday, July 13th at 7pm. NEW this year Grandstand wristbands will go on sale at 2pm, with seating beginning at 6pm (NOTE:  Grandstand seating is limited to 1,500).
These demolition derby drivers don’t do circles; these gladiators crash, smash, and battle each other down to the last vehicle standing.  The winners of each heat (8-12 car battle), along with the winner of the consolation heat (a 2nd chance for any surviving vehicle that did not win in its original heat) are eligible to compete in the feature battle.   The last vehicle running and moving in the feature heat will take home the championship trophy, cash, and qualify for the State Fair Demolition Derby.
Hang on to your seat, for the Rollover contest.  Is it a true test of courage or craziness (judge for yourself).  These drivers charge the ramps with no other purpose than to roll their car over.  The driver able to roll his car over the most times takes home a trophy and cash.
All perspective drivers, please check out the rules and regulations in our premium booklet that can be found at www.madisoncountyfairny.com
Typically this event plays to a sellout crowd, mark your calendar and arrive early to claim your seat for the wildest ride at the Fair.
For More Information on Events at 2013 Madison County Fair visit us online at www.madisoncountyfairny.com or Friend us on Facebook “The Madison County Fair”

 

New & Improved Madison County Fair Website

Brookfield, New York, March 28, 2013

The Madison County Fair Directors are excited to announce the launch of a brand new and improved website. The website has a new design with a fresh look which offers quick and easy access to essential information regarding all of the events held on the Fairgrounds throughout the year.

The new site features six main pages along with several subpages.  Each page provides detailed information on everything from the event schedules to the performers, along with contact information and a photo gallery.

Click on the Premium Booklet tab to explore the endless possibilities for exhibiting your talents that could earn you some cash and bragging rights. 
  
• Baking, Gardening, Collecting, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sewing, and Knitting 
• Miss & Mister Madison County Pageant
• Talent Competition
• Livestock Classes: Horses, Cattle, Poultry, Goats, Lambs, Rabbits
• Truck Pull, Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby and Rollover Contest

The entry forms can be printed and mailed to the Entry Clerk, Madison County Fair, P.O. Box 114, Brookfield, NY  13314.   If you are unable to access the internet listings you may leave a message at 315-899-5867, forms will be sent to you via US Mail.  Please specify which departments you are interested in along with your mailing address.   Entries are due no later than July 4th and are open to our five good neighbor counties (Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, and Otsego) any exceptions to this rule are noted in those particular departments.

Exhibitor tickets are FREE to all exhibitors entering three or more exhibits that remain on the grounds for the duration of the Fair.

Check out our new, improved website at www.madisoncountyfairny.com

 

 

Madison County Fair ​Accepting Scholarships Applications

Brookfield, New York, Feb. 7, 2013

The Directors of the Madison County Fair are busy making plans for the 2013 Fair slated to take place July 11th - 14th.  In January several members of the Madison County Fair Board traveled to Rochester to attend the 125th Annual New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention   At the convention it was announced that once again the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and New York State Showpeople’s Association (NYSSA) are in process of accepting applications for their annual scholarship program, which will award up to ten $1,000 scholarships in 2013.
These scholarship are available to students who are New York State residents, who currently are (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF or the NYSSA and who plan to attend (or already attend) college in pursuit of a degree.  The fair where you have been active or the NYSSA must endorse your application and will submit it for you.  Madison County Fair President, Jeff Mayne, will gladly accept applications at the Beaver Den Diner in Brookfield or mail to: Madison County Fair, PO Box 114, 1968 Fairgrounds Rd., Brookfield, NY  13314.  The deadline for applications is Friday, April 12th.
For further information on the scholarship program and application forms, please visit:  http://www.nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm

 

National Musical Entertainment at the Madison County Fair

Brookfield, New York, Jan. 27, 2013

The Madison County Fair Board in conjunction with The Entertainment Trading Company is excited to announce the national musical entertainers who will perform at the 2013 Madison County Fair.  The 174th Annual Madison County Fair will rock opening night (Thursday, July 11th) with the legendary rock band Survivor along with special guest Wicked.  Friday evening (July 12th) Nashville stars will light up the stage, co-headliners Steve Holy and Mark Wills along with special guest Lyndsey Highlander and local country rockers Fulton Chain Gang.  You will not want to miss these shows with bargain priced $15 presale tickets for either night, which also includes Fair admission.  Tickets are now available, online at www.entertainmenttrading.co

Watch for more announcements regarding ticket outlets and the release of a new improved Madison County Fair website.  At this time you can get the latest updates on Fair entertainment by friending us on Facebook at The Madison County Fair.

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