It’s almost Labor Day so New York’s favorite agrarian fest is back to entertain you till the cows come home. (Yes, that’s the first farming quip and we don’t promise it’s the last.) The Great New York State Fair, in it’s 176th year, is at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Easy driving directions, hours and parking information is available here.
The NYS Fair found a way to make agriculture cool back in 1841. The fairgrounds have been revamped with a further $50 million being spent on Phase Two of the project. The seating needs to be increased for the growing number of visitors. The Empire RV Park let’s you camp at the fairgrounds. Aside from this more than 14,000 animals have been added to the fair.
The entertainment continues for all 12 days, from August 22, 2018 to Labor Day, September 3, 2018. But this year, there are three attractions you shouldn’t miss during the fair.
I LOVE NY has an interactive tourism exhibit at the new Expo Center. The temporary ice rink is one of the many activities there. The State Fair butter sculpture took 800 pounds of butter to make. There are cheese and sand sculptures to marvel at too.
New York State’s best brews and food are available to sample. Farm-to-fork cuisine and food trucks the focus back to agriculture.
While there are many fairs in the United States, the New York State Fair is the largest annual event in New York State.
Don’t fret the end of summer just yet. Make the most of the remainder of the season by visiting some of the other county fairs. Here are some.
In it’s 178th year, this county fair is older than the Great New York State Fair and rakes in a similar vibe. Held in Chatham, the fest has live exhibits, barns, and live entertainment from Country Bands.
At Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck offers rides and live music through the six day fair.
Long Island County Fair
The Long Island Fair has many competitive exhibits for all to participate. Only a little over an hour from New York City, the fair petting zoos, camel racing and Swifty Swine Pig Racing.
Washington County Fair
Washington County Fair claims to be New York’s number one county fair. There are motorsports, family entertainment, a professional rodeo, live acts and more.
The community of Fonda has brought some award winning entertainment in the past. This year there are horse shows, pageants, tractors pulls, animal and vegetable and fruit contests.
This fair in Rensselaer County is a 199 years old. Fruits, vegetables, animals, handmade and homemade crafts, baked goods and antiques make up most of this fair.