By Mary Heyl
Now in its 176th year, the Cattaraugus County Fair is taking place at the fairgrounds in Little Valley now through Sunday, Aug. 6. Bring the whole family to this annual celebration of local agriculture, family-friendly entertainment and grandstand events all weekend long. JM Motorsports is hosting an exciting weekend of grandstand events that you won’t want to miss! From Monster Truck shows to the World’s Largest Demolition Derby, there’s something to rev your engine at the fairgrounds this weekend.
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. Commerford’s Petting Zoo is returning to the fair this year and their exotic animals should not be missed: visit the camels, ponies and kangaroos all day throughout the week of the fair. The Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pigs will also be a part of this year’s fair—according to Zach Johnson, the “Swine Master,” “You haven’t lived until you’ve seen these racing pigs compete for the grand prize, an Oreo cookie!”
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 line-up. 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.
Students from all over Cattaraugus County will be bringing their animals to show at this year’s fair. From dairy cows to pigs to chickens to goats, 4-H members have been working hard to get their animals ready for the annual livestock shows and market sales. There are many ways to support these members’ hard work. Visit the different animal barns to meet the students and learn about their hard work, and enjoy a tasty bite at the Cattaraugus County 4-H Snack Shack. The Snack Shack is open for lunch and dinner, where you can get hot dogs, burgers, milkshakes, rootbeer floats and more. The Snack Shack is run by 4-H members and all proceeds benefit their organization.
Grandstand entertainment takes place throughout the weekend with JM Motorsports, which produces over 60 motor sport events every year at more than 30 different county and state fairs in the eastern United States. The Monster Mash Truck Rallies take place on Friday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. Mike Vaters Jr. and his Overkill Evolution monster truck, as well as Jimmy Creten and his Bounty Hunter monster truck, will be highlighting both shows.
Overkill Evolution won the 2014 Young Guns Shootout championship at the World Finals in Las Vegas and then come back the very next year to capture the Monster Jam World Freestyle championship. In doing so, Vaters and his Overkill Evolution became the first driver and truck to ever win the Young Guns one year and the World Finals the next. Bounty Hunter has consistently been one of the best performing trucks at the Las Vegas World Finals and is a former Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle champion. In addition, the widely acclaimed Higher Education and Scarlett Bandit Monster Trucks are scheduled to appear and perform.
The weekend grandstand events continue with the Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby on Friday night and the Big Rig Truck Pull on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The fair concludes on Sunday, Aug. 6 with the World’s Largest Demolition Derby 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. Check out new photos and videos of JM Motorsport’s top events on their website: www.jmderby.com.
General Admission to the fair is $10 and includes all midway rides and daily grounds entertainment, with the exception of the evening’s grandstand events. Fair gates open at 8:00 a.m. and midway rides run from 1 until 10 or 11 p.m. (depending on weather and crowd size). For more information about the Cattaraugus County Fair, visit www.cattarauguscofair.com or call (716)938-9146.