By Alicia Dziak

Midway rides, animals, grandstand entertainment and delicious food — so much fun awaits at the Cattaraugus County Fair, July 28 through Aug. 3 in Little Valley!

Returning for its 172nd year, this fair really has something for everyone.

Looking for chills and thrills? Look no further than the fantastic midway, chock full of 21 rides for kids of all ages. Get dizzy, fly through the sky or navigate through the fun house — no matter which rides you choose, you’re sure to have a blast!

All that fun makes you work up an appetite and, of course, there’s no shortage of delectable goodies at every turn at the fair. Check out stand after stand of sweet treats, foods on sticks and anything you can imagine deep fried. (Calorie counting not recommended.)

Looking forward to the agricultural side of the show? This year’s fair includes 4-H horse shows, goat shows, donkey and mule shows, rabbit shows, sheep shows and barnyard Olympics.

And don’t forget the loads of awesome entertainment!

New this year is the Great Little Bear Show, where black bears perform tricks and are rewarded with a marshmallow.

Returning favorites include Commerford’s Petting Zoo, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Olde Indian River Lumberjack Show, The Comedy Act of Lee Germain & Judy, Horses, Horses, Horses and Chainsaw Carvings.

This year’s grandstand entertainment kicks off with the Demolition Derby (free with fair admission) on July 28. Imagine the fun of watching old cars smash as they round the track until they peter out!

On July 29, the WNY Pro Farm Stock Tractor Pull (free with fair admission) hits the circuit, followed by two concerts, by Craig Morgan (tickets start at $20) and Scotty McCreery, (tickets start at $20) on July 30 and 31, respectively.

On Aug. 1, the Monster Truck Rally (additional $5) rolls into the pit, followed by the Big Rig Pulling Series (additional $5) on Aug. 2. The fair concludes with the Championship Demolition Derby (additional $5) on Aug. 3.

General admission to the fair includes all rides and entertainment (except for certain grandstand entertainment noted above).

Pre-sale general admission is $7, available through July 27 at the fairgrounds and at Cattaraugus County Bank in Little Valley, Salamanca, Jamestown, Randolph, Springville, South Dayton, Franklinville and Dunkirk, as well as Olean Area Community Banks.

General admission at the gate is $10.

Save even more during Senior Citizen Day on Thursday, July 31 and 15 & Under Youth Day on Wednesday, July 30. Both deals run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $6.

The Cattaraugus County Fair gives you so much bang for your buck and is the perfect way to spend quality time with family and friends without breaking the bank. Head over to the fairgrounds at 501 Erie St. in Little Valley and start making some memories!

For more information, including a complete schedule of events throughout the fair, visit