CARMEL, N.Y. - There is a limited number of events that can offer a fun-filled weekend for family, friends and kids without an admission and parking fee and the Putnam County 4-H Fair is one of them.

The 46th annual fair is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 28, 29 and 30, at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel. (Fair hours and more info can found online at Putnam.cce.cornell.edu)  

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Putnam County has been the sponsor of the event, in addition to many other programs offered throughout the year to county residents using the resources and researched based information from Cornell University.  

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Those interested in learning more about CCE’s presence in Putnam can stop by the exhibit area set aside in the Master Gardener plant sale tent. Visitors will see a colorful display of flowers, plants and accessories. Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer horticulture questions.  

There will be plenty of live music over the course of the three days at the  Shady Grove Theater. The Youth Showcase on Friday highlights the talents of performers up to the age of 18 which begins with the opening ceremonies at noon on Friday, July 28.  On Saturday and Sunday, professional entertainers will offer an array of music genres from jazz to country to rock ‘n’ roll. 

And no 4-H Fair is complete without farm livestock and small animals. This year, there will be draft horses as well as oxen, which are large enough to fill a small room! Pony rides are available but on Friday only. Check out the livestock pavilion, the rabbit, and poultry barn; watch a dog obedience show, or see a “showmanship” demonstration. (Note: only animals involved with the Fair are allowed on the grounds.)

Follow the trail of laughter and giggles, from both children and their parents and you’ll the find the magic shows and demonstrations at Tony’s World of Science and Magic Tent.  Stop by the Civil War and Revolutionary War encampments to learn about our area’s involvement at that point in history.  

Do you love fair food? Try the fresh corn cooked on the grill, or the array of other offerings—hamburgers and hot dogs, vegetarian chili, freshly squeezed lemons for lemonade and, of course, the culinary highlight of the weekend on Saturday, July 29, at 5 p.m.—the famous chicken barbecue dinner in addition to something new this year—a pig roast will be offered. Contact 845-278-6738 to order tickets in advance.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, there will be the Annual Country Auction called by a certified auctioneer. Items that have previously been part of the country- living theme consist of lawn and garden equipment, patio items, sporting goods, as well as gift certificates to golf events, Broadway shows, sporting events and more.  

Check out the Discover Putnam tent and gather information from the many organizations that comprise the volunteer and not-for-profit agencies that make Putnam unique.  Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and share information. 

Start the day early on Sunday morning, July 30, and join members of the Oasis Club, part of the Putnam Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, at 8 a.m. until noon, in the lower section of Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park. They will host a fishing contest for Putnam County residents. Prizes will be awarded after all fishing is complete. 

There is also an opportunity to be “part of the fair” and take a more active role.  Those who have a hobby or interest in photography, wood working, quilting, baking, horticulture, for example, can enter their work for display and vie for a blue ribbon. Or volunteer to help out in the Craft Tent, Games Tent, or cook at the Food Court.

Call  845-278-6738 for more info or go to putnam.cce.cornell.edu and review all the fair has to offer.