Friday-Monster-TruckMark your calendar for the Cattaraugus County Fair, returning to the Fairgrounds in Little Valley this summer, from July 29 – Aug. 4. The fair has been an area tradition for 171 years.

A new act has just been added in the last few days. West of the Mark, which has performed with more than 30 national recording artists, will take the stage before the Fox Brothers on July 31, so stay tuned for a great night of music.

The week of good, clean fun will feature 21 amusement rides, games, animals, great carnival food, live musical entertainment, demolition derby, horse shows, magic and more.

Agricultural events to check out include 4-H horse shows, goat shows, donkey and mule shows, rabbit shows, sheep shows and Barnyard Olympics.

New entertainment this year includes Chainsaw Carving, “Nuts for Mutts” — a family friendly show featuring mischievous pound puppies, and “Horses, Horses, Horses” — showcasing crowd-pleasing, world-traveling horses who’ve entertained as part of various circuses.

Returning entertainment includes Commerford’s Petting Zoo, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Olde Indian River Lumberjack Show, and the Lee Germain and Judi Comedy Magic

In addition, free evening entertainment will be held in the grandstand July 27 – July 31. The lineup includes an Open Horse Show and antique tractor pull, School Bus Demo and Figure 8 Races as well as live concerts featuring national and local bands.

Evening grandstand entertainment for the remainder of the fair will require an additional fee. Shows include Justin Moore in concert Aug. 1, the Monster Truck Rally on Aug. 2, the USA East Sanctioned Big Rig Pull Series and WNY Pro Stock Tractor Pull on Aug. 3, and the Championship Demolition Derby’s last night on Aug. 4.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds located at Route 353 and N. Ninth St. in Little Valley, and at Cattaraugus County Banks in Little Valley, Salamanca, Jamestown, Randolph, Springville, Cherry Creek, South Dayton, Franklinville and Dunkirk, as well as Olean Area Community Banks.

General admission at the gate is $9. Senior Citizen Day (Thursday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.) is $6, and 15 and Under Youth Day (Wednesday, July 31 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.) is $6.

For a complete schedule of events, visit or call (716) 938-9146.