THE GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR: A Summer Tradition To Treasure

A new school year is just around the corner, but the summer isn’t over yet. There is still time to enjoy one of New York’s most popular attractions; one that exemplifies the traditions that make New York a unique and exciting place to live. The Great New York State Fair, which opened August 22 and will run through September 3, has something for everyone: rides, entertainment, educational exhibitions, competitions and local goods for sale and on display.
The New York State Fair is the oldest in the country. Established in 1841, it drew a crowd of 10,000-15,000 people. In comparison, last year the fair had a whopping 1,117,630 attendees, attracting visitors from across the country. Due to increased attendance and popularity, an additional day has been added to this year’s event calendar.
Since its debut in 2013, Taste NY, promoting made and grown in New York food and beverages, has been a huge draw for fairgoers. Highlighting the variety of products available, Taste NY showcases award-winning and diverse creations including wine and craft beer from numerous wineries and breweries, and an abundance of tasty treats from local upstate farmers. There will also be a two-day food truck competition on September 1 and 2.
A new, exciting exhibit this year is the “Maritime History Showcase.” Opening daily at 10 a.m., the exhibit highlights the more than 80 New York state lighthouses and lightships, including a complete history of maritime life in New York state with a focus on the role women played. In addition, there is a boat-building demonstration, as well as under-water drone and life-saving demonstrations.
The fair continues to attract top-notch musical acts year after year. In 1972, Sonny and Cher performed at the fair to a then record-breaking number of attendees. This year, fairgoers can look forward to the musical stylings of Ludacris, The Temptations and Hanson— once again proving there is something for every member of the family!
The Great New York State Fair is not an event to be missed. It showcases the best of New York and offers a family-friendly atmosphere for native New Yorkers and tourists. I encourage everyone who can, take a trip to the fair and participate in this rich New York tradition. You won’t be disappointed.
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