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Pre-Sale Tickets Available Through Aug. 1

By Mary Heyl

In just a few short weeks, from August 3-9, the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley will be alive with competition, food and entertainment of all kinds!

Since 1842, the Cattaraugus County Fair has celebrated the agricultural feats of area residents, which is a tradition that 4-H students look forward to every year. Although agriculture is central to the fair’s history, the Cattaraugus County Fair has become synonymous with top-rated entertainment; this year, fair-goers can look forward to many daily performances, as well as evening grandstand events including Trace Adkins in concert!

Whether one is looking for the best fried dough, family-oriented performances or an exciting ride on the Sky Wheel, the Cattaraugus County Fair is the place to be.

The Agriculture Center will be a hub of activity throughout the week, as the animal shows are a much-anticipated annual event. Proud 4-H students demonstrate their hard work in raising, grooming, handling and presenting their animals before a panel of judges. Fair-goers can tour the agriculture barns and meet students’ goats, donkeys, mules, rabbits, sheep, chickens and more throughout the week of the fair.

The fair also celebrates such agricultural achievements as home-grown vegetables, flowers, canned goods and other farm products; county residents will bring their best for the judges to examine and sample before the first day of the fair.

In addition to unlimited midway rides, admission to the fair includes a variety of daily entertainment.

Commerford’s Petting Zoo is returning to the fair this year with their exotic animals including elephants, camels, ponies and kangaroos. This can’t miss experience will be open each day throughout the week of the fair.

New for 2015, Vincenta’s White Tigers will be delighting fairgoers; for three generations, Vincenta’s family has trained with these beautiful animals, and Vincenta is excited to share her six tigers with audiences in Little Valley this year.

Also new for 2015 is the Wolf Pack, an educational presentation that allows visitors to experience, first hand, the differences between the coyote and the wolf and the importance of wolf preservation to the environment.

During the first three days of the fair, evening grandstand entertainment, which begins nightly at 7:30, is included in the price of general admission to the fair.

On Monday, the Demolition Derby takes place and on Tuesday, the Western New York Tractor Pull will put this iconic agriculture machinery to the ultimate test.

Cars return to the race track on Wednesday night for the Figure 8 races, and on Thursday, the fair is excited to welcome Trace Adkins, who is performing live at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to see this Grammy-nominated country star are $35 for track seating, $30 for bleachers, and $28 for grandstand seating and can be purchased at the fairgrounds or by calling (716)938-9146.

Grandstand entertainment continues throughout the weekend with the Monster Truck Rally on Friday night, the Big Rig Truck Pull on Saturday, and the Demolition Derby on Sunday. Although general admission does not include these events, tickets for grandstand entertainment Friday through Sunday are just $6.

General Admission to the fair is $10, but fair-goers can save by purchasing pre-sale tickets now through August 1.

Presale tickets are $7 each and are available at the fairgrounds, Cattaraugus County Bank locations, and Olean Area Community Banks.

On Youth Day, Wednesday, August 5, general admission for children ages 15 and under is $6 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Thursday, August 6 is Senior Citizen Day, when general admission is also discounted to $6 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the Cattaraugus County Fair, visit www.cattarauguscofair.com.

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