Agriculture is alive and well in the Finger Lakes and if you don’t believe it, you better come on down to The Big 6 Picnic & Cayuga Country Fair. If you think you remember what the county fair was like in your home town and hanker to relive that memory, this is not to be missed! This all started back in the 1940’s and has been revived over the past three years and gets bigger and better each year.

Close up of cow's nose and faceBet you thought that 4-H and Cooperative Extension were things of the past. Stop by and you will change your mind for sure.

Over the 3 day run, there will be various entertainment & shows; a Dog Show; a Dairy Showmanship Show; displays of 4-H projects; Cattle Breed classes; activities for kids along with face painting, miniature golf, pony rides, a balloon tying and Wowtastic Magic Show, and more, plus a Petting Zoo and small animal displays. Music will be offered by several local groups along with the Irish Dancers! 

On July 27th, there are a variety of events taking place!  Come have a sundae at their FREE Ice Cream Social!! Want to play bingo with a cow?  They have that covered too! Yes. Chow Chip Bingo is a thing!  Do you love the nostalgic feeling of a car show?  On Saturday, from 1 - 5PM the fair is hosting a Classic Car Cruise-In! Classic car owners receive a free food coupon.  This is just a few of the events taking place!  Check out their listing of events for times and more details.

On the Fairgrounds, there will be antique tractors and farm equipment on display plus dairy cattle and other small animals. 

And food. Last year, I had some delicious peach pie a la mode. Can’t wait to see what I will have for lunch this July.

Taking a tour at the Ward O'Hara Agricultural MuseumInside the museum, you can view corn planters and huskers; hoes and shovels; wagons and tractors; a barn construction display; a “cow” you can actually milk; an old fashioned kitchen where apron-clad gals may be churning butter or making soap; a Black Smith’s shop; a mercantile store; dairy outbuilding and so much more. Really just about all manner of farm tools and stuff you probably don’t know anything about! 

There is also a great display about the history of the D. M. Osborne Company, a major employer in Auburn from 1875 – 1903 with reapers, harvesters and mowers on view. Word has it that they employed up to 3,500 people of a total population of around 35,000.

The Big 6 Picnic & 4-H Youth Country Fair will be held Thursday, July 25 – Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Ward O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum, Route 38A/West Lake Road, Auburn. For a complete list of times and all the events at the fair, go to

Susan Marteney is currently offering her services as a step-on tour guide.  In the past, she has taught Community Education classes at Cayuga Community College.  She is an avid gardener and a community activist.