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The Cortland Junior Fair was formed in 1953 by a group of individuals who formed the County of Cortland Agricultual Corporation.

It Was formed when the former County fair closed because of funding.

The children needed a place to exhibit their projects and show their animals, so they could move on to the State Fair in Syracuse, NY. 

Hence the Junior Fair was started


The Cortland fair is a member of The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs

The International Associations of Fairs and Expositions.

Farm Bureau

We run in conjuction with Cortland County Cornell Cooperative Extention.


Midway games and rides provide by Ontario Amusements

The foundation of the fair (big or small) is all about agricultural education. The fair is "really about the kids" learning about real life. The fair is something you can't read about in a book or find on a city street, it is something you have to see. Come visit us and see the hard-work ethic of out ag families and our 4-H kids that showcase their hardwork, all striving for excellence. You might  find something, that your own kids have been missing out on.Fairs are a celebration of who we are, what we do and where we live. Fairs are all about families.

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