The Great New York State Fair Aug. 22- Sept. 2!

New-York-State-Fair-Central-New-York-Syracuse-Fairgrounds (116)It’s Fair time folks!  Yep, get out your Pepto Bismol, sunscreen and wallets.  This year’s theme, “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of NY” certainly portends to delicious wines and cheeses,  and excites us for over sized pumpkins, tomatoes and slushies.  But nothing quite sums up the Great New York State Fair than sensory overload.  

Back in 1832, the New York State Agricultural Society was founded in Albany by a mix of farmers and legislators.  Their mission – “to promote agricultural improvement and local fairs.”  The very first state fair was held in Syracuse on September 29th and 30th, 1841.  After moving between more than 11 other cities, the fair settled in Syracuse for good in the 1890’s.  That first year crowds of upward to 15,000 listened to speeches, viewed livestock, cheered on the plowing contest and took in the goods produced for farms and homes.  

Not much has changed in the last 180 plus years, though the attendance numbers have exploded and the entertainment, well sometimes that explodes too!  But the attendees themselves, farmers, 4-H members, politicians, homemakers, pre-teens, cowboy wannabes, hucksters and acrobats are really just the same as ever – either looking to earn a ribbon, get a vote, steal a kiss, make a dollar, or just hang on to the last inch of summer.

Be sure to visit the New York State Fair website before heading out – tickets, parking, concert lineups, midway news etc… are nicely explained on this informative site.  And PLEASE share New-York-State-Fair-Central-New-York-Syracuse-Fairgrounds (73)your favorite State Fair stories and photos – whether it was the Sonny and Cher concert in 1972 you attended or the blue ribbon rabbit photos you took – we’d love to see and hear it all.  After all, isn’t that what the fair is really all about?

 

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