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BATAVIA – The Genesee County Fair, celebrating its 175th anniversary, opens a five-day run today at the fairgrounds on Route 5 in the Town of Batavia.

This year’s theme is “4-H Inspires,” with a menu of 4-H events each day ranging from sheep and swine to poultry and horse shows. Judging and prizes are financed by the county with an annual appropriation. Events include a thrill show and parade today, fair queen pageant Wednesday, stock car racing Thursday, and tractor pulls on the final two days. There also are a midway, games and food. Admission is $5 per car.

The fair started in 1839 in a pasture in Alexander. Arguably, the fair’s heyday was in the first half of the 20th century, when it was held at the current site of Batavia Downs Gaming.