By Mary Heyl
The Cattaraugus County Fair is taking place at the fairgrounds in Little Valley from July 31 through Aug. 6! Bring the whole family to this annual celebration of local agriculture, family-friendly entertainment and grandstand events all week long. From the midway rides to the monster truck rallies, there is no shortage of fun activities at this year’s fair, which promises to be a bigger event than ever.
Daily general admission is just $10 and includes an all-day gate pass and unlimited midway rides. A variety of daily entertainment is included in general admission; visitors can look forward to new attractions at this year’s fair, as well as the return of last year’s favorite performers. New for 2017, the Pratt Family Chainsaw Carvers will be creating different sculptures all week long. The family’s beautiful works of art include a howling wolf, a panda bear, different kinds of owls, and even Star Wars character R2-D2.
Mutts Gone Nuts is another new addition to 2017’s lineup. This talented group of dogs has made the incredible leap “from shelters to showbiz” through their comical performances that have delighted fans all over the country including former First Lady Barbara Bush and recording artists Lee Greenwood and Kenny Rogers.
Returning acts from last year include Commerford’s Petting Zoo, Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pigs, and the Grandpa Cratchet Puppet Show. Visitors can also look forward to the Olde Indian River Lumberjack Show that takes place three times a day to show visitors the skills, strength and courage of the old time lumberjack. Don’t forget to see Lisa Dufresne’s performing horse show that has traveled all over the world, even as part of the Ringling Brothers’ Circus. Dufresne is a gold and silver medalist in the United States Dressage Federation and has won numerous awards with her Danish Warmblood and Oldenburg horses in the U.S. and abroad.
During the first three days of the fair, evening grandstand entertainment is included in the price of general admission to the fair. The fair kicks off its grandstand entertainment on Monday with the Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night is the Western New York Pro Stock Tractor Pull and Wednesday night features the Figure 8 Races (both events begin at 7:30 p.m.).
Get tickets now for country star Joe Nichols, who will be performing live at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.3. Nichols is a multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated recording artist who is well known for his number one hits such as “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimme That Girl.” Tickets are $35 for track seats, $30 for bleacher seats, and $28 for grandstand seating. Tickets can be purchased at Little Valley Sand & Gravel Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (716)938-9146.
The weekend grandstand events include the Monster Mash Truck Rally and Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4. On Saturday, Aug. 5, fair-goers can enjoy the Monster Mash Truck Rally at 1 p.m. and the Big Rig Truck Pull at 6:30 p.m. The week concludes on Sunday, Aug.6 with the World’s Largest Demolition Derby by JM Productions at 5 p.m. Please note that these weekend grandstand events (Friday through Sunday) are not included in general admission and have an additional $7 grandstand charge.
Fair-goers can save money by purchasing pre-sale tickets now through July 30. Presale tickets are $8 each and are available at the Fairgrounds, Cattaraugus County Bank locations in Dunkirk, Franklinville, Jamestown, Little Valley, Salamanca, Springville and South Dayton, and Olean Area Community Banks. On Youth Days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 1 and 2, general admission for children ages 15 and under is $6 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Thursday, Aug. 3 is Senior Citizen Day, when general admission is also discounted to $6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Cattaraugus County Fair, visit www.cattarauguscofair.com or call (716)938-9146.