There are exhibitions in more than 150 categories of judged baked goods, preserves, hand-made needlecrafts and the industrial arts—including tin, iron and wooden wares; pottery; cooperage (barrel making); printing; and broom and soap making.
Youth compete in 60 different aged categories, from penmanship and pottery to photography and pumpkin pie.
Among the competitions are those for the largest pumpkin, one for weight and a second for size. The competitions are open to museum members and the public alike, and most have both 19th- and 21st-century categories. Download the Premium Book and learn how to enter—this year entrants will receive one day free admission to the Fair!
Eye-catching 19th-century vegetables, many of them unfamiliar to modern gardeners, will also be found in a special vegetable and floral tent.
Prize-winning sheep, oxen, and cows will be on display, in addition to a poultry show, sponsored by the Rochester Poultry Assn. On Saturday watch the goat show and competition hosted by the Genesee Valley Dairy Goat Club.
Meet the Author
Author Michael Keene will be available to autograph his latest book Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America both days from 1 to 5 pm.
2016 Market Tent Vendors
Don't forget to stop at the Market Tent with specialty vendors offering specialty items, all grown or made right here in Western New York! The Farmer's Market has been completely revamped this year and includes many NEW vendors to the festival. Vendors this year include:
Some photography contributed by Loyd Heath
This program is sponsored in part by:
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm
Tues-Sun, May 7-Sept 4
plus Wed-Sun, Sept 10-Oct 9
& May 30, July 4, Sept 5 & Oct 10