ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (June 9, 2022) – Summer is here and it’s time for Orange County N.Y.’s fairs and celebrations, which will have revelers looking to the sky for fireworks and fighter jets, to the stages for music of all kinds, and to days past, filled with knights, acrobats and entertainers.
“In summer, the thrills, the family fun and the entertainment in Orange County, N.Y., are endless!” said Amanda Dana, director of Orange County Tourism & Film. “The fairs and festivals here draw families and fans from throughout the region and beyond, all coming for spectacular times and to make treasured memories. From knights on horses to modern military aircraft, we have it all! Come for a full-day event, or make a weekend of it and stay in one of our charming bed & breakfasts!”
Be sure to check the calendar for an abundance of events throughout the summer days. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Great American Weekend 5k/10k Goshen Rotary Run Race
July 2, 2022, Race time: 8 a.m.
Orange County Government Center
255 Main Street, Goshen
Join one of the Goshen Rotary races – a 5k and a 10k – or cheer on runners. Both races start at the Government Center and end at the Surrogate Courthouse. The courses are certified by USA Track & Field.
Awards will be presented at the Surrogate Courthouse on Park Place to the top three overall males and females in the 5k and 10k events. Additional awards will be presented to the top three in each of nine age divisions.
The day is hosted by the Goshen Rotary Club. In line with the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self,” the Goshen club says, “All race proceeds help us to help others.”
Orange County Fair
July 14-31, Thursdays – Sundays
Orange County Fairgrounds
239 Wisner Ave., Middletown
$30 for one, $80 for a family four-pack before 4 p.m. July 14.
The 182nd annual Orange County Fair will follow the tradition of offering the best in family entertainment, local and national music, racing and auto events. Highlights include the monster trucks and amazing amusement rides.
After a year off, the fair is back and better than ever with a lineup of incredible tribute bands in a new amphitheater. Spectacular entertainment includes the Royal Hanneford Circus, The All-New Benjamin Jackson Comedy Hypnotist Show, and the hilarious Banana Derby.
July 29, 2022
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thomas Bull Memorial Park
211 Route 416, Montgomery
Salute our veterans and first responders at this annual festival. Enjoy live music followed by fireworks at dusk, with synchronized patriotic music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring their own as well. No glass containers. Also, no pets, pop-up tents or sparklers.
New York Air Show
Aug. 27 and 28. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Orange County Airport
500 Dunn Road, Montgomery.
$32.50 – $179
The might of the U.S. Air Force will roar over Orange County Airport in a spectacular end-of-summer show of pride, power and patriotism. The AF Thunderbirds demonstration squadron headlines the popular event. Other highlights include the West Point Parachute Team, an L-39 Cold War-era jet demonstration, aerobatic national champion Michael Goulian, the Quicksilver P-51D Mustang and the B-25 Bomber “Panchito.”
On the ground, see aircrafts up close: a T-45 Goshawk airplane, a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter and a UH-72A Lakota helicopter.
The New York Renaissance Faire
August 27 – October 9. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day
600 Rt. 17A, Tuxedo, NY
$35/day, $30 for senior citizens and military, $8 for children 5-12, free for younger children.
Lords and ladies, serfs and vassals! The time has returned for mead, merriment and enormous roasted turkey legs! Come for shows that are hilarious, engaging and astounding, plus a variety of food. Sprawling across 65 acres, the grounds include a village with artisans selling their wares, an area for glassblowing demonstrations, several performance stages and a tiltyard for a daily climactic jousting contest during which you can cheer for your favorite knight.
Dog Days of Summer Music Festival
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Shepherd’s Eye Brewing Company
9 Industrial Drive, Florida
$10 in advance, $14 at the gate. Children 2 and under admitted free.
The music never stops at the Dog Days of Summer Music Festival, when five bands play, one after the other, from noon until 9 p.m. Enjoy County One, The Harrisons, One Man Gathering Trio, Tangent and Hillbilly Parade. Food trucks include NY Grill Company, A Slice of New Jersey, Up in Smoke and The Dairy O.
Cornell Cooperative Extensions Orange County Agricultural and Family Festival
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
Education Center & 4-H Park, 300 Finchville Turnpike, Otisville.
Visit farm animals, join in activities, view 4-H projects and displays, learn about CCE Orange County, enjoy milkshakes and more!
Johnny Cash & Country Music and Whiskey Festival
Aug. 6, 7
Noon – 5 p.m.
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
114 Little York Road, Warwick
$15/day in advance; $20/day at door; $5 for children 5-12; free for younger children. $30/weekend in advance.
Music plus New York Whiskey Weekend (must be 21+ to enter whiskey tent):
$30/day in advance, $40/day at the door
$50 in advance for weekend
Sample Artisanal Cheeses and New York cocktails, whiskey and spirits. Purchase spirits from New York distillers and try event-day spirits specials.
About Orange County Tourism & Film
Orange County Tourism & Film, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at https://orangetourism.org/travel-guide/.
PHOTO: The New York Renaissance Faire. Credit: Deborah Grossmark
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