Delaware County Fair gears up for 133rd run

Sarah Eames | The Daily StarCrystal Bailey, of Walton, retouches a hand-painted sign for Kozy Korner at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton on Friday in preparation for the fair's opening day.

WALTON — Organizers of the Delaware County Fair said they are expecting more people, more animals and more vendors at this year’s event.

The fair, now in its 133rd year, doesn’t officially open until Monday, but organizers are expecting large crowds Sunday. The horse, cattle and goat shows will be open to the public, and many of the vendors will be up and running, according to Ed Rossley, president of the Delaware Valley Agricultural Society and an executive officer of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs.

“We pride ourselves on a lot of local vendors,” he said. “We try to put them in wherever we can.”

This year’s fair will have two commercial tents, both of which are “completely full,” Rossley said. “All the spots are spoken for.”

The barns are “overstocked” with animals, Rossley said, including beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep and horses.

“Everybody’s numbers seem to be up right now,” he said.

Organizers will give away milk from Mountainside Farms in Roxbury this year and demonstrate a milk plant from Don’s Dairy Supply, which Rossley said will be fully functional next year and able to distribute milk produced from the cows shown on the fairgrounds.

Returning to the fair this year after a several-year hiatus are two teams of oxen, Rossley said,  and a butter sculpture, which hasn’t been featured at the fair since 2014.

The parking lot was re-seeded earlier in the summer and two new roads were put in after heavy rains last year caused excess mud, Rossley said, “but this year’s weather is looking great.”

Demolition derbies are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and Friday, Rossley said. “The Show Off Pulls” invitational will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, and modified trucks and super farm tractors will pull Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The firemen’s parade will be held at noon on Saturday, and the Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band and The Shots will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

“It goes away from our country theme, but we’ll see how it goes,” Rossley said.

General admission to the fair is $8, and children 12 and under are admitted free.

Unlimited rides are available every day for $25, and all rides will be discounted by one ticket Wednesday for children’s day.

Events in the entertainment court are free with admission.

For more information, visit delawarecountyfair.org.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.