June 9, 2013

Country groups to headline Clinton County Fair


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The 66th annual Clinton County Fair promises shows, activities and competitions to suit a multitude of tastes.

This year, the fair will be held Tuesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 21.

Advance tickets are on sale now for the fair’s three big musical acts. Grandstand seats are $16, and track seats cost $21.


Headlining the fair this year is country-music singer and songwriter Lorrie Morgan. She will perform in the grandstand at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

Fair Manager Glenn Gillespie said another performer, country-music singer/songwriter Greg Bates, will appeal to the younger crowd.

”He’s a new and up-and-coming artist.”

Bates will play at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Brothers Brad, Bryan and Curtis Rempel of High Valley, a country-music group from Canada, will perform at 8 p.m. July 16, the first day of the fair.

The group won the Canadian Country Music Awards Song of the Year for “Back to You.”

”I’m hoping to draw some Canadian friends down,” Gillespie said.


For the first day of the fair, fairgoers will pay half-price, with free admission for children ages 3 and younger. The offer is new this year, Gillespie said.

Included in that price is free Reithoffer carnival rides from noon to 1 p.m. and a fireworks show at dusk by Dr. Joe’s Coyote Fireworks Co.

Parking is free at the Clinton County Fair.

Fairgoers are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for local food shelves.

Inmates from Clinton County Correctional Facility in Dannemora crafted new signs for the fairgrounds that will help direct attendees to events, Gillespie said.

Friday, July 19, will be Senior Citizens Day, with $4 admission for those age 62 and older.

Free admission is offered for children ages 12 and younger July 17 through 21.


In the Adirondack Coast Agricultural Barn, tastings of local wine, cheese, maple syrup and apples will be offered.

Other grandstand events include the ever-popular Demolition Derby at 1 and 7 p.m. July 21, the Legal Street Truck Pull at 6 p.m. July 19 and the Adirondack Tractor Pull at 3 p.m. July 20.

Back this year is North Country’s Got Talent, with qualifying rounds at 7:30 p.m. July 17 and 18, the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. July 19 and the finals at noon July 20. Performers can record their act for a small fee.

The Future Farmers of America and 4-H will hold cattle, horse, sheep and goat exhibits. The vendor buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other events include harness racing, a horse pull, miniature horse pull, a michigan-eating contest, Zumba and a $100 coin hunt in a sawdust pile for children.

Popular hypnotist Michael Blaine will perform all week this year instead of just select days, Gillespie said.

Other free daily shows include chainsaw sculptor Mark Tyoe, Animal Alley Productions, Pipsqueak’s Party Time Clown Show and Buffalo Barfield Unherd of Entertainment.


The fair will feature fire-safety demonstrations by the Clinton County Firefighters Association and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

For the safety of fairgoers and to ensure that everything runs smoothly, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department has an office on the fairgrounds, Gillespie said.

There is also an office staffed by emergency medical technicians.


The second-annual Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival, which was a big hit last year, is planned for Sept. 12 through 15 at Clinton County Fairgrounds, Gillespie said. Tickets range in price from $10 to $25.

Tickets for the Clinton County Fair and its concerts and the Bluegrass Festival are on sale now and can be bought by clicking “eTix Online” at

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For a complete fair schedule, go to 

Advance tickets for grandstand events can be purchased on the fair website by clicking "eTix Online" or at the fair office, 561-7998. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Price Chopper grocery stores in Plattsburgh and Champlain. Local bands interested in playing at the fair can contact the fair office. 

Vendor space is still available. 

Those seeking work for the week in parking or sanitation positions should contact the fair office. To find the fair's Facebook page, search for "Clinton County Fair, NY" on