Chautauqua County Fair Kicks Off Week Of Events With A ‘Bang’

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DUNKIRK – The 138th annual Chautauqua County Fair kicked off a week of events with a “bang” Monday morning.

County Fair Director Dave Wilson said the Civil War-Era cannon symbolizes more than just the start of the fair, but the history of how the community comes together.

“You can’t go to the movies for two hours for $12,” said Wilson. “You can come here two or three times to enjoy the fair food, the actives, the animals; there is something for everybody.”

Wilson said he is proud to offer so much entertainment for an affordable price.

Also highlighted during Monday’s fair kickoff was the county’s 4-H program.

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello said agriculture is the number one industry in the area and the fair is an amazing way to highlight it. The executive also said the event brings people from all corners of the county and shows off its diversity.

“When you have the Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown coming up so they can experience what is going on here and interacting with our 4-H kids,” said Borrello. “4-H is a good program and these kids work hard all year round to raise animals that will eventually be sold at auction to raise money for the kids and the program.”

Borrello said the 4-H program is about more than just agriculture. He said it makes good citizens out of today’s youth.

The Chautauqua County Fair runs through Sunday. For more information on events and ticket pricing, visit

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