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Altamont & New York State Fair

Altamont Fair
“See you where? At the Altamont Fair!!!” The Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for 4-H members to showcase what they’ve learned throughout the year. Not only can youth be involved in showing their animals, but there is also an entire building devoted to 4-H, located just inside Gate 1 of the Fair. There you will find hundreds of exhibits related to Foods and Nutrition, Mechanical Science, Woodworking, Clothing and Textiles, Home Improvement, Environmental Education, Shooting Sports and Creative Arts. Each 4-H member presents their exhibit to a judge the Saturday before fair opens, and is given both encouragement and constructive criticism to learn how to improve their skills. Plenty of hands-on activities are also awaiting the young fairgoer in the 4-H Building! 4-H Junior Superintendents are available to help young children with the activities and to answer questions about 4-H.

In addition to the above, there are a number of 4-H Animal Shows that go on throughout fair week. 4-H members can participate in the Poultry Show, Rabbit Show, Sheep Show, Goat Show, Dairy Show, Beef Show, Horse Show, and a Dog Exhibition. The members are judged on how well they take care of and show their animals, which is a tremendous learning experience that proves to be helpful in mastering critical life skills later on.

New York State Fair
Youth who participate in Altamont Fair may be asked to go on to represent Albany County at the New York State Fair. Outstanding projects are chosen to be on display in the Albany County booth of the Youth Building at State Fair. In addition, 4-H members may also compete in the animal shows at State Fair.


Barbara Stevens
4-H Youth Development Issue Leader
(518) 765-3500

Last updated June 11, 2020