A fall festival for the whole family
Join us for our annual Agricultural Fair at GCV&M, coming up Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.! Celebrate the bountiful Western NY harvest as the Museum shines in its finest fall colors! Enjoy livestock and cooking demonstrations, entertainment for the whole family, and browsing for unique finds at the market in the tradition of the country fairs of days gone by.
Purchase your tickets online today to get the early bird discount – and don’t forget, Museum Members can attend this event for FREE and are guaranteed admission!
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Find fresh, flavorful, and wholesome smoked meats, honey, apples, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, and other tempting wares for sale to satisfy the palates of many. All items are grown or made right here in Western New York. So mark your shopping list and head to the fair!
For your convenience an ATM is located in the John L. Wehle Gallery.
- Buffalo Artisan Food Traders
- Buffalo Wax & Co.
- Dacian Falx Leatherworks
- Dottie’s Lemonade
- D’s Bees
- European Sheep Skins
- Farm Dog Salsa
- Farm on the Hill Soaps & Lotions
- F. Oliver’s
- Genesee Bakery & Deli
- GCV&M Bread
- GCV&M Fudge
- GCV&M Maple
- Helmut’s Austrian Strudel
- Infamous Welsh Cookie Co.
- Katydid Ceramics
- Kirby’s Cider Mill
- Knapp Farms
- KP’s Kettle Corn
- Kissed By the Sun Spice Co.
- Lazy Acres Alpaca
- Liese Farm
- Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Once Again Nut Butter
- Raindrop Remedies
- Red Riding Herbals
- Schulze Vineyard & Winery
- Seaway Trail Honey (Sat only)
- S&G Creations
- Spangler Forge
- TeaLicious Trendz
- Tenderfoot Flora
- Troll Bridge Farm
Interested in vending at the Farmers’ Market? Email our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thrilled to be able to offer select activities featuring ASL interpretation in partnership with NTID ASLIE!
Saturday, October 1
- 11 a.m. Punch & Judy puppet show – Village Square Stage
- 11:30 a.m. Haudenosaunee Corn Wheel cooking demo – Whistle Stop Stage
- 12:30 p.m. “Kitchen Science” lecture – Brooks Grove Church
- 1 – 2 p.m. Agricultural Demos – Village Square
Sunday, October 2
- 11 a.m. Punch & Judy – Village Square Stage
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Agricultural Demos – Village Square
- 12 p.m. Haudenosaunee Corn Wheel cooking demo – Whistle Stop Stage
- 1:30 p.m. Star Bread cooking demo – Whistle Stop Stage
- 1:30 p.m. 1800s Phrenology – Brooks Grove Church
If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility please contact Sarah Schackne, Director of Visitor Services at SSchackne@GCV.org or by phone at (585) 294-8260 ext. 260.
Music and Entertainment
Laugh along with the famous T. Bohrer’s One-and-Only Punch and Judy Show. Relax with live music by The Brothers Blue, Smugtown Stompers, Fingerlakin’ Good Band, and Kane & Chessman while savoring a cold beverage on the Great Meadow. Then, explore demonstrations of vintage agricultural equipment on the Village Square, or try tin tapping and historical games.
Don’t miss hands-on opportunities to try making corn husk dolls or flowers with Veronica Reitter, or try shelling corn the old-fashioned way. Take home great recipes and culinary techniques! GCV&M cooks will demonstrate star bread, Belinda Patterson of the Tuscarora Nation will share a traditional corn wheel and corn dishes, and RIT’s Sandi Connelly will speak on basic kitchen science to transform your cooking.
As was common at 19th-century fairs, the men’s base ball teams will square off for the Mayor’s Cup Championship trophy. Games will be held in Silver Base Ball Park, the only replica 1800s base ball park in the nation.
Goats and Horses and Birds, oh my!
Visit Pioneer Farm to meet the museum’s cattle, sheep, and fowl. Explore an extensive range of bird life in the Waterfowl Tent and Exhibition Barn during the Rochester Poultry Association’s 115th Annual Show. Watch professional sheep herding dogs from Ox Creek Farm round up the herd. Befriend horses from local riders and the WNY Sidesaddle Association as they parade around the Great Meadow and Historic Village. Talk with local 4-H youth exhibiting rabbits, goats, cattle, and poultry, or check out the falconry demo.
Blue Ribbon Competition
Explore exhibitions in more than 150 categories of judged baked goods, preserves, hand-made needlecrafts, photography, 19th-century industrial arts, special youth categories, and much more. Eye-catching heirloom vegetables and floral entries – including those for the largest pumpkin – will be included in GCV&M’s horticultural display.
The competition is open to museum members and the public alike. Entrants receive one-day free admission to the festival! Entries into the Blue Ribbon Competition are due by Friday, Sept. 23.
Make sure to come hungry when you visit GCV&M for the Agricultural Fair! Purchase treats in the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery, enjoy a hearty meal in the Depot Restaurant, Freight House Pub, or Carport (over the Great Meadow), enjoy a bite to eat by Chef’s Catering and the Eat Greek Food Truck (Sunday only), and of course, find fresh, flavorful, and locally-grown or made goods in the Farmer’s Market Tent!
Fuel up in Hosmer's Inn!
Join us in historic Hosmer’s Inn for a Coffee House experience when you visit GCV&M for the Agricultural Fair! Enjoy a delectable American Heritage chocolate beverage, fresh apple cider, gold cake (a historical orange cake), and gingerbread cake with caramel icing.
Pre-purchase of tickets is recommended, as there will be a small additional fee for tickets purchased day-of at the door.
Museum Member: FREE
Senior (62+): $20
Student (13 – 18): $20
Youth (12 and under): $17
Children under 2: FREE
GCV&M Member admission is FREE and guaranteed for this event, therefore reserved tickets are not required. Click here to learn more about becoming a Member.