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Celebrate the bountiful Western NY harvest as the village shines in its finest fall colors! From livestock shows to cooking competitions, there will be non-stop activities all weekend long, in the tradition of the country fairs of days gone by. Shop the merchant tents, eat your way through everything from apples to strudel, and catch the base ball championship game!

All youth ages 17 & under - FREE admission!

Museum Hours

Saturday, October 5 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, October 6 - 10:00am - 4:00pm


Experience Signora Bella's 19th-century circus act, revel in a classic magic show, or laugh along with the famous T. Bohrer's One-and-Only Punch and Judy Show. Consult our resident phrenologist as to the character reflected by the shape of your skull. Tour Grieve's Brewery - America's only fully-functional, 19th-century brewery - then explore demonstrations of vintage agricultural equipemnt - threshing, corn shelling and cider pressing - on the Village Square. Visit GCV&M's own Museum of Oddities inspired by P.T. Barnum's American Museum in New York City. Inside you will see wonders from around the world, be immersed in the sounds of the circus by Terry Fyke’s Main Street Players, and you may even run into the famous showman himself!

As was common at 19th-century fairs, the men's base ball teams will square off for the Mayor’s Cup Championship trophy. The consolation game will be played Saturday at 1:30 pm, and the championship game on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Both games will be held in Silver Base Ball Park, the only replica 1800s base ball park in the nation. GCV&M's ladies' base ball hosts the final game of the season on Sunday at 12:30 pm on the Great Meadow.

A returning favorite, the 4th Annual Cast Iron Chef Competition will take place Saturday on the Great Meadow! Starting at 10 am three skilled chefs are given an open fire, period-appropriate receipts (recipes) and heirloom produce from the museum's gardens with which to prepare historical dishes. Our defending champion, Gary Giusti of Wegmans, squares off against challengers Eric Smith, owner of Original Stumpblower Ciderworks, and Paul Tweksbury, U.S. Navy retired. At 2 pm the chef's creations head to our judges' table for sampling and to declare the winner.

When Farm Meets Table … And the 18th Century had Some Great Ideas!

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 1:00pm

The role of science in feeding the world is vast - and it is not all scary! Why are heritage and heirloom breeds/varieties making such a comeback? What role will vegetable-based "meat" products play in our diets? Are GMO's dangerous? We will take you on a journey of the evolution of agriculture, the need for science to assist in developing and maintaining high output agriculture, and how all of that results in what you put on your plate. ​Join Sandi Connelly and Jeff Mills from RIT’s College of Science for an interactive talk on the history of agriculture.

Goats and horses and birds, oh my!

Visit Pioneer Farm to meet the museum's cattle, sheep and fowl. Explore an extensive range of bird life in the Waterfowl Tent and Exhibition Barn during the Rochester Poultry Association's 112th Annual Show. Cheer on your favorite goat at the Genesee Country Dairy Goat Club Show. Watch professional sheep herding dogs round up the herd. Befriend horses and donkeys as they parade around the Great Meadow and Historic Village.

Farmer's Market

Find fresh, flavorful and wholesome smoked meats, honey, apples, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods and other tempting ware for sale to satisfy the palates of many. All items are grown or made right here in Western New York. So, marke your shopping list and head to the fair!

Fair Entries & Premium Book:

There are exhibitions in more than 150 categories of judged baked goods, preserves, hand-made needlecrafts and the industrial arts—including tin, iron and wooden wares; pottery; cooperage (barrel making); printing; and broom and soap making.

Youth compete in 60 different aged categories, from penmanship and pottery to photography and pumpkin pie.

Among the competitions are those for the largest pumpkin, one for weight and a second for size. The competitions are open to museum members and the public alike, and most have both 19th-and 21st-century categories. Download the Premium Book here and enter today—this year entrants will receive one day free admission to the Fair!

Eye-catching 19th-century vegetables, many of them unfamiliar to modern gardeners, will also be found in a special vegetable and floral tent.

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Special Event Pricing:

$22 Adults / $19 Seniors (62+) / $19 College Students

Any non-GCV&M Members can purchase your advance tickets below. Tickets will also be available at the door.

All Youth ages 17 & under are FREE!

All GCV&M Members are FREE!

Purchase TicketsPurchase Tickets

  • Adult - $22.00

  • Senior Citizen - $19.00

  • College Students - $19.00

  • Youth (17 & Under) - FREE!

No tickets will be sent through the mail. The email confirmation you receive after placing your order acts as your ticket; please print it out or show it on your phone at Admissions. There are no refunds for reservation-only events. We accept all major credit cards, except American Express.