Madison County Fair’s 175th Success


Brookfield, New York, July 14, 2014



When the gates closed on July 13, 2014 the Madison County Fair surpassed the remarkable milestone of entertaining and educating fairgoers for 175 years.  The 175th celebration was a careful crafted mix of old favorites and new activities that entertained patrons and participants daily.  In honor of this special occasion a mural was painted on a wall in the Merrill building depicting a timeline of renowned events and entertainers that have contributed to longevity Fair.


A couple of the old favorites were Buffalo Barfield and Two by Two Zoo that entertained fairgoers daily.  A new addition was the Karaoke Contest that attracted a number of talented vocalists and qualified 6 lucky individuals for chance to win $2,500, along with an audition on “The Voice”.  Cattle, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and rabbits all came to compete for blue ribbons.  The Madison County Youth Bureau overflowed the events tent Saturday with activities for the youngsters.  The stage showcased live music, the Talent Show and the Miss & Mister Madison County Pageant.  Poems were recited at the poetry reading and stories were shared at the Brookfield Speedway Reunion.  The grandstand crowds were entertained with trucks & tractors spinning their wheels to compete for trophies and the demolition derby proved once again to be a “smashing” success playing to a capacity crowd that sold out before the first engine roared to life.


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, Madison County 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and everyone who contributed to the success of the 175th edition of the Fair.


For those interested in obtaining a memento from this historic event, the Madison County Fair’s 175th logo commemorative postal mark will be available at the U.S. Post Office in Brookfield for 30 days following the Fair.  Also, anyone who missed the demolition derby or any of the power pulling events will get another chance when the Madison County Fairgrounds gears up for Wheel Days on Sept. 26th thru 28th.  


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The 175th Madison County Fair Updates & Additions


Brookfield, New York, June 23, 2014


Madison County Fair is excited to announce several exciting additions and updates slated for the 175th celebration taking place July 10th-13th on the Madison County Fairgrounds in Brookfield.


On Friday, July 11th from 1pm-5pm the U.S. Postal Service will be doing “175th Madison County Fair” commemorative postal cancellation in the events tent on the fairgrounds.  So bring your stamped envelopes (envelopes and stamps will also be available for sale) and get your own piece of history. The special commemorative postal cancellation is only available for a limited time.


The Madison County Youth Bureau is again coordinating free activities in the events tent on Saturday, July 12th from 10am to 4pm. This is the sixth year for the Youth Tent and 13 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 prize.  All activities in the Youth Tent are free with paid admission to the Fair.  


Thrill seekers will have the opportunity to experience an exciting rush on Fair’s new zip line attraction.


Karaoke Contest Update!!  There will be a Youth (Ages 12-16) and an Adult (Age 17-over) division. Note: ONLY the adult competitors will be eligible to move on and compete for the $2,500 prize, along with the audition on "The Voice". There will be 5 Adult competitors selected to compete at the Grand Finale.
Prize Payout at the Madison County Fair:
Adult: 1st-$150 2nd-$100 3rd-$75
Youth: 1st-$100 2nd-$50 3rd-$25



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Win a Chance to Audition on “The Voice”

at the Madison County Fair

Brookfield, New York, June 10, 2014


Win a blind audition on NBC’s hit show “The Voice”!  The Madison County Fair along with several other NYS District 5 County Fairs have teamed up with Northern Star Productions to bring you a Karaoke contest that could land you an audition on “The Voice”. 


The Madison County Fair contest is Sunday, July 13th, 2014.  Sign-ups begin at 12 noon in the Events Tent with the competition getting underway at 2pm.  The winners will earn cash prizes and a spot in the Grand Finale at the Delaware County Fair on August 16th with a Grand Prize of $2,500 and an audition on “The Voice”.


Northern Star Productions will host the competition at all of the participating Fairs and provide the judges.  Contestants must be at least 15 years of age and performances will be limited to 5 minutes.  Contestants will be scored on a 10 point system in 3 categories: vocals, audience reaction and overall performance.


Anyone who would like to warm-up their vocal cords and practice their stage presence; is welcome to join Angie for Kroakie (Karaoke) on the Madison County Fair stage Saturday, July 12th at 8pm.


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Buckle Up!

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

Brookfield, New York, June 1, 2014


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 12th at 6pm.  

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.

To celebrate the Fair’s 175th Anniversary payouts have been increased!  All heats will payout $100 (2 winners per heat).  The 6+8 cylinder feature winner will net $1,400.00, 2nd place $250, and 3rd place $100.  The 4 cylinder feature winner will receive $400 and 2nd place $200 (with a 20 car minimum). 

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

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.  Note:  Grandstand seating is limited to 1,500.

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Entries Now Open for the 175th Madison County Fair

Brookfield, New York, May 20, 2014



It’s time to make plans to show off your prize winning creations. The Madison County Fair gave

away over $15,000 in prize money last year. Now is the time to make your claim to some cash.

Entries are now being accepted, browse the class listings at and

click on the premium booklet tab to explore the endless possibilities for exhibiting.

 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

Many departments have junior divisions (must be under 19 years of age on Jan. 1, 2014) that

have no entry fee and anyone entering 3 or more items will receive a free exhibitor pass good for

free gate admission throughout the fair.

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 3rd 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.


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Madison County Fair Planning 175th Celebration

Brookfield, New York, April 23, 2014


On July 10th – 13th the Madison County Fair will celebrate its’ 175th anniversary. Since 1839 the Fair has provided a showplace for accomplishments, talents, achievements, and new ideas. The theme for this special edition of the Fair “Preserving the Past, Forging into the Future” reflects this mission. Plans are underway to bring back some old favorites along with some new exciting shows, contest, and surprises.

A new midway will set the stage for an exciting event. Join us in welcoming Wheelock Rides to the fairgrounds this July. Wheelock Rides is a family oriented show with three generations currently working their midways and has been declared “The Finest Midway in Central New York”.

If 175 years and a new midway are not enough to cause celebration, we have been informed that Madison County Fair has the largest number of talent show participants in New York State. We’ve “Got Talent”!

Anyone interested in volunteering their time and talents is urged to contact a Fair Board member. Please Note: You do not have to reside in Madison County to help with this history making celebration. For contact information visit us online at or Friend us on Facebook “The Madison County Fair”


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.

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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.


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