Ulster County Fair kicks off Tuesday

This week, Ulster County lets its country roots show at the annual county fair, an old-timey festival featuring carnival rides, livestock shows, country music and more. 

The Ulster County Fair opens at 4pm today -- Tuesday -- at the fairground in New Paltz, and runs through Sunday. A few highlights on the schedule:

Tuesday, July 30

  • Tuesday is "Carload Night," with $40 admission per car
  • Put your lawnmower to the test: Garden Tractor Pull at 6pm
  • Fair parade at 6:30pm
  • Rivers Edge Band performs at 7pm

Wednesday, July 31

  • 4-H Horse Show from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Opening Day Ceremonies at 6pm
  • Easton Corbin performs at 8pm
  • Fireworks at 9:30pm

Thursday, August 1

  • Thursday is Senior Day, with free admission for all seniors between 10am and 4pm
  • Open Pony Show and Driving, 9am to 3pm
  • Truck Pull at 6pm
  • Joe Diffie performs at 8pm

Friday, August 2

  • Open Draft Horse Show, 8am to 5:30pm
  • Tractor Pull at 6pm
  • Cook & Belle perform at 4pm and 8pm

Saturday, August 3

  • Open Western Show, 8am to 5:30pm, with a gymkhana at 4pm
  • The Lost Trailers perform at 4pm and 8pm

Sunday, August 4


  • Robinson's Racing Pigs will perform four shows daily
  • Stiltwalker Carrie McQueen and juggler Wade Henry will be strolling the grounds
  • Muttville Comix, a traveling comedy troupe of dogs of all shapes and sizes, will perform their slapstick act
  • Have a close encounter with an alligator or a kangaroo at the Two By Two Zoo
  • Masters of the Chain Saw demonstrate chain saw carving
  • Carnival rides on the midway, with $15 pay-one-price tickets good for admission to all rides

Ulster County Fair, Tuesday, July 30 through Sunday, July 4. Ulster County Fairground, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. Admission is $15/person; covers free rides, parking and entertainment. For more information, see the Ulster County Fair's website or Facebook page.