Changes for Empire Farm Days 2022

New for this year’s Empire Farm Days will be the Farmer Olympics! There will be at least three events, divided up by age class, for farmers and other attendees to compete in. Sponsored by Country Culture, the online country lifestyle media source, the events featured are a bale toss, a sledgehammer throw and a tire flip. Additional events may be added.

This year’s event is going to have several noticeable changes. The show’s management has heard from vendors and attendees and has made changes that will make the show run smoother and be more attendee and vendor friendly.

There will be internal trams running on the east and west main streets of Country Folks Way and Palladino Farm Way during the show and also on two lanes that run north and south. The roads are being rolled again this spring to further smooth them out for foot traffic. Tiling is also being scheduled to eliminate some of the soft spots in the parking area and show site.

Changes for Empire Farm Days 2022

Attendees will be able to see all of their favorite vendors plus participate in some new events.

Benches and water stations will be placed throughout the show for attendee use because there is a lot to see!

The food area will be moved to the top of the hill adjacent to the show entrance and will feature an express lane for grab and go items, plus the chicken barbecue and other barbecue specialties. A covered seating area will be there also. Vendors will be able to order meals to be delivered to them in the morning or on an app on their phone. The trams will have a drop-off and pick-up area near this site. There will also be a group of food trucks onsite for a great variety of quick food.

A public address system will be installed to allow for announcements and the singing of the National Anthem at the beginning of the show each day.

The popular Skid Steer Rodeo will be back and will feature a playoff-style competition for the best of the best!

We will be having an Event Tent again that can host seminars and luncheons. We are reaching out to political parties to bring in their candidates for an informational session so attendees can hear where they stand on the issues facing the ag community.

For exhibitors, the move in for field areas will be changed also. If exhibitors don’t need a loading dock, they will be directed to their booth area and unloaded there. This will eliminate a long wait at the dock and speed up load-in times. This also means we will be sending out set-up times that will need to be adhered to. The grounds will be all mowed prior to move-in on Monday, July 25.

This year’s show will run Tuesday – Thursday, Aug. 2 – 4.

Those that wish to reserve a space and time should contact us a soon as possible. Contact Ken Maring, trade show manager, at 800.215.5586 or or Sales Manager Bruce Button at 518.673.0104 or There is an early pricing deadline of March 15 for reserving a space for this year’s show.

The show is produced by Country Folks newspaper, Country Folks Grower Magazine and Country Culture. All are owned by Lee Newspapers Inc., Palatine Bridge, NY.

See news and updates on our website,, or on Empire Farm Days’ Facebook or Instagram pages.


  1. barry griffiths July 20, 2022 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I hope there will be a toy vendor this year. Many kids were disappointed last year, after saving their money to spend at the show.

    • Lee Newspapers July 22, 2022 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      We’re so sorry to hear that your children were disappointed! This is a farm trade show, however, and not a “fair” in the traditional sense, and it is geared more toward adults.

  2. Freddy Samuel July 25, 2022 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Lee news papers, wrong answer on the children being disappointed!! Apparently you have no idea how real farm families operate. Empire farm days has always been a chance to get the family away from the farm for a few hours. Was planning on going this year even after hearing how bad it’s been since EFD moved to the new location . Please think before making those kind of remarks. NO FARMS NO FOOD. NO CHILDREN NO NEW FARMERS!. we will be staying home enjoy your brewery

    • Lee Newspapers July 26, 2022 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      We sincerely apologize if any children were disappointed, but this is a trade show. We are a farm-focused media and trade show operation, so we 100% appreciate farmers and all the sacrifices they make for us. Please let us know what you’d like to see next year, as we continue to evolve and expand Empire Farm Days.

  3. Margaret Major July 25, 2022 at 11:28 am - Reply

    What are the hours?

    • Lee Newspapers July 26, 2022 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Tuesday, Aug. 2 and Wednesday, Aug. 3 we are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 we are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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