When it comes to local county fairs, the Ulster County Fair does rise toward the top of the list. 

For years, I’d work the fair for the radio station. Loved the 4H Booth, of course the milkshakes and the great food and drink. 

The Ulster County Fair was always a great deal for mom, because your price always included the rides. Still does at the fair. 

Another popular night is car load night, which is always the first day of the fair. Senior Day is on Thursday.

This year, the fair runs Tuesday, Aug. 1 through Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz.

The big performances this year include the Oak Ridge Boys, Restless Heart and BJ Thomas. Fair hours are 10a-4pm, rides all open at 11am.  Opening day, the Ulster County Fair starts at 4pm. 

Also, check out the racing pigs, two by two zoo and the wool room.