The Herkimer County Fair

Get ready for the Herkimer County Fair!

August 16-21
Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort

The Herkimer County Fair is being held August 16-21 2022 with the theme “From Ferris Wheels to Wagon Wheels” and is seeking contestants for this year’s events including the Queen Pageants, Talent Show, and Demo Derbies.

The Demo Derbies are being held on both August 18th & 19Oth. Drivers must be at least 18 years old. The Queen Pageants are being held August 16th with girls of different age groups from 4-17 and boys from 4-12 . 

The Talent Show is being held August 20th with any age or talent. The Talent show    1st place awards $50 and a trophy, 2nd place is $25 and a trophy and 3rd is $15 and a trophy. The contestants are judged in six divisions and registration is due August 16. Forms can be obtained on the Fairs Web site. This year the talent show will be returning to the State Fair and the participation in a county fair is required to perform at the state fair.

We are also looking for participation in our new lego competition, bucket of junk, decorated vegetable competition and the green project where anyone of any age can express their imagination and win a prize and there is no entry fee.


The Fair began in 1841 as the Herkimer County Agricultural Society, traveled from village to village, and became located at the Herkimer Site (which is now the Herkimer Thruway interchange) in the early 1900’s. At that time, the County Fair had a race track and grandstand which was destroyed by fire.  The County Fair was incorporated and held annually after moving to Frankfort in 1950.  In 1958 it moved to a permanent site on Cemetery Hill Street in Frankfort after purchasing the Slocum Farm. The first fair at the new site was held in 1958 using the existing farm buildings and plenty of tents with Gillette Shows as the carnival for the 4 Day event with an attendance of 14,000.

The Fair continued to grow and presently sits on 26 acres with 10 permanent buildings which includes a permanent bathroom and shower facility, a Horse Corral, and 1,850 aluminum bleacher seating surrounding the event show ring. The Fairgrounds is the home of several events including the Great American Irishfest held end of July, The New York State Trappers Convention held at the end of August, and the New York State Good Sam Samboree during July. Other events include Auctions, Craft Fairs, Motor Home Rallies, and Music Fests.

Presently the Fair attendance exceeds 70,000 in the 6 day fair with Gillette Shows still an important part of the fair.

Connect with the Herkimer County Fair

For further questions, complete rules and applications, call 315-895-7464, mail to PO Box 47 Frankfort NY 13340, or visit our website at 

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