Listed below are just some of the attractions and events you will see during the 2016 New York State Fair so bring your family, your friends, and of course, yourself to see new attractions, old favorites and have timeless fun!
Agricultural & Carriage Museums
The history of agriculture in New York State is the history of the state itself. The Witter Agricultural Museum at the Fair is meant to underscore that history as it includes within its walls an actual, fully furnished log cabin from the area’s homespun days. More than that, the museum’s exhibits, coupled with demonstrations by local craftspeople, let you experience what New York farm life was like in the 18th century.
Further emphasizing that history is the Carriage Museum, which features more than 50 horse-drawn vehicles and a blacksmith demonstration.
- Both are open daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Agricultural & Livestock Competitions
Agriculture is New York State's largest industry and it has been the foundation of the New York State Fair since its creation in 1941. Each year the Fair receives approximately 40,000 entries for agriculture-related contests including competitions that feature 11,000 of New York's best cows, horses, goats, pigs, llamas, sheep, poultry and rabbits. You can tour the barns and talk to the families who bring their award winning animals to the Fair for competitions.
You can also check out the thousands of other impressive agriculture related entries that are submitted by young people throughout New York State and highlighted in the 4-H Youth and FFA buildings. Judging occurs daily in the Horticulture Building, all the livestock barns, the Toyota Coliseum, and the 4-H & FFA areas.
Antique Tractor Display
Learn about New York’s agricultural heritage through this fascinating collection of antique farm tractors. Most of these machines have long retired from the field and were produced before 1960. Most have been restored; some to better-than-new condition. The tractors are on exhibit every day of the State Fair in their new location across from the FFA Building.
Armed Forces Day
Thursday, September 1 is Armed Forces Day and will, as always, honor the contributions of those who served and who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. Make sure to attend the Armed Forces Day ceremonies at 11:00am at the Veterans Memorial. Join the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all members of our Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Day allows free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification (Military ID Card, form DD-214 or NYS Driver License, Learner Permit or non-driver ID card with a veteran designation).
Art and Craft Exhibitions
From fine arts and photography to homespun crafts like quilting, woodworking and needlepoint, work by some of New York’s most talented artists will be on display and competing for ribbons. Located in the Art & Home Center.
Art and Home Center
This is the home of culinary demonstrations, photography exhibits, arts and crafts, a variety of entertainment and much more. Listen to organ recitals in the Empire Theater; sometimes as dramatic accompaniment to screenings of old, silent films. For more musical history, go to the Empire State Theatre & Musical Instrument Museum, celebrating its 50th anniversary! You can also enjoy a sit-down meal in air-conditioned comfort in the Empire Room Restaurant.
Wednesday, August 31 is Women’s Day at the 2016 New York State Fair with the annual Women’s Day Luncheon being held in the Empire Room at noon. In addition to the luncheon, many special events have been planned throughout the building. During the entire day, various women’s advocacy organizations will be at a "mini-fair" set up in the Chevy Court Pavilion. Be sure to visit the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen and the Empire Theater for more events. Please call (315) 487-7711 ext. 1265 with questions or for more information.
Bandaloni the One Man Band
Bandaloni is an amazing, jaw dropping 100% live musical one man band show with loads of audience interaction, humor and astounding novelty tricks executed on his custom made guitar and drum rig. A One Man Band? That means bass & rhythm guitar, harmonica, plus a kick drum, 2 high-hats, snare drum, cowbell, tambourine, and singing with live harmonies...all performed at the same time! This topnotch show is great fun and entertaining for people of all ages.
Bandaloni the one man band draws from a century deep well of songs, spanning all musical genres with an emphasis on classic Rock & Roll and Country. Every show is different from the last and that’s how he likes it. You never know what you’ll encounter except a good time, plenty of laughs and wide eyed-smiles.
- Performing various locations around the fairgrounds daily at 11:00am, 2:00 and 5:00pm..
Baseball and Football Skill Competitions
In the new grassy picnic area along Broadway, an eight-day baseball and football skills competition will take place. The Football Skills Challenge, August 29 – September 1, will feature young people testing their football passing and kicking skills, while the Home Run Derby and Skills Challenge, September 2 – 5, will feature young home run hitters, pitchers and fielders. Visit www.4skillny.com for more details and pre-registration information.
Tuesday, August 30th is Beef Day and "Beef, it's What's for Dinner"! Follow your nose to the Chevy Court pavilion to watch as local media personalities try their hand at becoming the "Branding Iron Chef" in the "Branding Iron Cook-off" media grilling contest beginning at 10:00am. At 12:30pm New York State FFA Chapters will take over as they compete in the 10th Annual “Create the Perfect Burger” contest sponsored by the New York Beef Council and Tops Markets. Eleven NYS FFA Chapters will grill head to head as a panel of judges will determine who will take home the title for not only the “Perfect Burger” but $875 worth of prizes for their school chapter! After the competitions, plan a trip to the Beef Barn where a host of fun, interactive activities will entertain and educate you about beef from farm to fork! (i.e. scavenger hunts, beef cut puzzle and beef personality quizzes).
- Click here for Beef Day schedule of events.
Birds of Prey
The Hawk Creek Wildlife Center will bring some of its “residents” to the State Fair this year. Over 15 birds will be on display in the NY State Park daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
- Three daily flying shows at 11:00am, 1:30 and 3:30pm. Sponsored by Syracuse Pool & Patio.
Bubble Blast Run
You’ll never have more fun at a running event than at the Bubble Blast Run, which takes place at 10:00am on Sunday, August 28 starting at Chevy Court. It might be difficult to resist the temptation to run through the fun and foamy obstacles along the way! The Sudsy Slip & Slide and the Human Car Wash are just two of the bubble-filled obstacles that make this a run unlike any other.
Its fun for the whole family, but it has a serious goal, too. The run raises money for ACR Health’s Youth Services Division.
Register before the event for and save $5 per person off the price on the day of the event. Your registration includes admission to the Fair and a Bubble Blast Run T-shirt. Full-price admission tickets will also be available the day of the event. Register now at www.bubbleblastrun.com to make sure you don’t miss the happiest, bubbliest day you’ll ever have in running shoes.
Butter & Cheese Sculptures
Visit the Dairy Products Building to see hundreds of pounds of butter turned into art to mark the 45th anniversary of this State Fair tradition. For the visually impaired we also have a hands-on clay model of the butter sculpture at the Dairy Princess Booth. You can also see blocks of New York State cheese carved into artwork before your eyes. Make sure to check out our Dairy Day schedule for Monday, August 29.
Cats Gone Wild! Ensuring the Future of Wildcats
This exhibit is put on by Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, a feline conservation facility in New York State. Fairgoers will be able to learn about these endangered cats and see them up close. Featuring the Eurasian Lynx, Geoffroy Cat, Serval and Canada Lynx, guests will learn from the experts, ask questions and get an up-close view at this amazing exhibit that has been seen on the National Geographic, The Today Show, Rachael Ray and Conan O'Brien.
- Three shows daily at 12:00, 2:30 and 4:30pm, located between the International and Horticulture Buildings. Sponsored by Sleep Number.
City Market at The Fair
Browse four dozen booths set up along the back of Chevy Court in front of the State Park on Sunday, Aug. 28 to find handmade arts, crafts, and antiques, as well as handmade jewelry from around the world. This event is one day only and open from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
The state’s best pies, cakes, jams, breads and other homemade goodies vie for ribbons in this traditional, county fair competition. Less traditional contests include chicken wings, chili, Spam dishes and fried food on a stick. Located on the first floor of the Art & Home Center.
Dairy Cow Live Birthing Center
Returning this year is an opportunity for fairgoers to witness first-hand the miracle of life daily by watching a dairy cow give birth to a calf. The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition is providing this opportunity for the public to learn more about the dairy industry, the care farmers provide their animals, as well as the birthing process. The exhibits new location is at the end of the midway, across from the sheep barn. View a 24-7 live webcam of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. Now in its new location between the midway and the Family Fun Center near the Youth Building.
Monday, August 29th is Dairy Day - This is the State Fair's way of saying thank you to all the dairy farmers, dairy product processors and manufacturers who provide us with the state's official beverage, "Milk" and official Snack “Yogurt!” Come enjoy the day's fun activities from the local celebrity milkshake contest and then the Big cheese auction at the Chevy Court Pavilion starting at 10am. Then join us for the e morning to the day long Open Class Holstein Show in the Toyota Coliseum followed by the Dairy Day parade at 6pm. Be sure to stop by the Dairy Product Building and visit with State Dairy Princesses, enjoy a cup of cold white or chocolate milk and get a picture of the famous butter sculpture.
- Click here for Dairy Day schedule of events.
Dairy Products Building
A moo-moo here, a moo-moo there that's the only way to describe the home of everything milk and dairy at the Fair which is meant to highlight the importance of the dairy industry to New York's farm economy. While there you can check out the world famous butter sculpture made from 800 pounds of creamy, New York butter; you can have a 25¢ glass of cold white or chocolate milk; sample delicious cheese, try some New York yogurt, or have yummy in your tummy milk shake.
The Empire Room
The Empire Room and Patio are hosting the all new “Party on the Patio” every day from 3:00 – 7:00 pm, featuring Live Music, Seafood Raw Bar and NYS Beverage tastings. The patio will also feature live music from noon to 2:00 each day... click here for a complete schedule. The Empire Room and Patio are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The brand new menu is packed with NYS products. Also new this year is the Bloody Mary Bar with 1911 Established Vodka. Try the Great New York State Fair Bloody Mary! 9:00 – 3:00 daily.
Eudora Farms Petting Zoo
Just imagine seeing animals from all four corners of the world – from buffalo to zebras, it can all be found at the Fairgrounds. An interactive, hands on experience with some of Mother Nature’s greatest creatures, the Eudora Farms Petting Zoo is a unique and thrilling encounter for children and adults of all ages. Come see, pet and learn about animals from several different continents including Africa, South America, Australia and Asia. You’ll interact with kangaroos, yaks, llamas, monkeys, wild cats and watusi and even get a camel ride if you want one.
- Open 10:00am-10:00pm daily with educational shows at 2:45 & 4:15pm in the Family Fun Center near the Youth Building. Sponsored by Wegmans.
Extreme Log Makeover
Watch in amazement as a talented craftswoman armed only with a chain saw turns a big block of raw wood into a work of art. You’ll marvel at her ability to use a rough tool to make such a finely-crafted piece! Shows daily at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00pm in the Family Fun Center near the Youth Building. Sponsored by Toyota.
Food, Food and More Food!
It’s a feast for the eyes and heart burn for the stomach with every kind of food available from the donut burger to the long john donut hot dog dipped in maple syrup to deep fried macaroni, candy bars and vegetables of all kinds. Of course, you cannot forget the world famous State Fair sausage sandwich with onions and peppers. You better come to the Fair hungry because leaving full is the only option!
Gospel Music Weekend
Join us the evening of Saturday, August 27th and all day Sunday, August 28th for the Fair's traditional Gospel Music Weekend of uplifting music and joyful voices at the Talent Showcase stage. The New York State Fair Youth Gospel Choir, Unity of Navasota, Texas, and other groups will help keep the Good News Music flowing all weekend long. Click here to view details for the weekend.
Hall of Health
The Hall of Health in the Science and Industry Building is the Fair-time home to a wide variety of health service organizations and professionals. Learn about helpful programs you can take advantage of and potential health problems you may be unaware of.
Hall of Veterinary Health
The Hall of Veterinary Health, located at the east end of the horse barn (near Gate 4), was created by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society to showcase veterinary medicine to the public.
Interactive displays will help you learn how your vet performs examinations, and how the "tools of the trade" are used. Come see for yourself how x-rays help your vet make a diagnosis, and try your hand at ultrasound and looking through a video ear scope — volunteer veterinarians will be at the exhibit to guide you so you can learn how your vet uses these tools to "see" into your pet's body!
You'll also see exhibits on dentistry, arthritis, nutrition, and parasites! Our mockup of a surgery suite is complete with everything your vet would have at their hospital — come "gown up", put on some gloves and a mask and get a feel for the surgical experience (also a great photo-op for the kids!). Make sure to check out their information video on YouTube.
- Click here for a complete schedule of live demonstrations held daily to add to the fun!
The Harlem Wizards
The Harlem Wizards are back! Check out some amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. The athleticism, tricks, fancy teamwork and ball-handling wizardry, plus wild dunks not even seen in NBA games, engages and wows the most avid hoops fans. Several shows daily in the Sports Activity Center in front of the Toyota Coliseum, click here for a schedule. Sponsored by Tarson Pools & Spas.
Hilby - The Skinny German Juggler
The skinny German juggler with the giant unicycle! You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. Then you’ll laugh again. Starting on Monday, August 29 he will be performing around Chevy Court.
Three shows daily at 1:00pm, 4:00pm & 7:00pm. Sponsored by Gianelli Sausage.
Historic Train Exhibit
One of the most popular historic attractions at the State Fair is the Train-Railroad Exhibit behind the Horticulture Building. The exhibit is open and free throughout the Fair. Visitors can relax in seated comfort in the restored vintage 1920s era passenger cars or browse through the classic 1916 model restored wooden New York Central caboose. They look as they did when they first went on line, with authentic, original colors. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions while visitors can view the restored historic equipment.
Experience the sights and smells of the spectacular arrangements of colorful plants and flowers. Visit the new “Market” where you can sample, purchase and learn about New York Produce. Get up close and personal with a working bee colony and taste New York’s Finest Beverages. Check out the new “Spuds and Suds” Restaurant where you will find both the Potato Booth where you can still get a large white or sweet potato with all the toppings for just $1.00 and Saranac beverages also for $1.00.
Use your taste buds to celebrate New York's traditional role as a gateway for immigrants and a melting pot of diverse cultures. Explore the Fair's renovated International Building and find specialties from around the world. Whether you crave Caribbean empanadas, German bratwurst, Japanese tempura, Greek baklava or some other ethnic dish, you'll find it here... new this year, a total vegan restaurant to try!
Iroquois Indian Village
Come learn about and celebrate the culture and heritage of the original New Yorkers at the Iroquois Indian Village. You can experience every day the traditional music, dance, crafts and customs of the Iroquois. This section of the Fairgrounds has been dedicated to Six Nations programs since 1928.
Look for the new Kiddleland Midway location now behind the International Building! An area for the younger crowd, set apart from the main midway in which families can relax and let their little ones try age-appropriate rides without the noise and excitement of the busier, older crowds. Make no mistake this area is still filled with exciting rides, games and attractions!
Labor Day Fireworks Display
The 170th New York State Fair is going out on a high, bright and beautiful note on Labor Day as we bring back a spectacular fireworks display. We’ll light up the night and say farewell to the Fair at dusk, right after the final Chevy Court concert of the year, from Chicago, starting at 6:00pm. Sponsored by National Grid.
Midway Rides by Wade Shows, Inc.
The Wade Shows Midway at the 2016 Great New York State Fair will be the largest in Fair history as a result of the $50 million project to revitalize the Fairgrounds. The improved 15 acre Midway will offer at least 70 rides, many of them new to the Fair, and feature wider and safer aisles as well as more covered seating areas. Wade Shows is North America's premier carnival company and their unique spectacular rides and attractions, unparalleled customer amenities and service-oriented staff are the reasons they set the standard in the industry. Hit the midway during the Fair from 10:00am until midnight, 9:00pm on Labor Day - Midway closing time subject to change without notice. Click here for midway information.
Be sure to visit the Dairy Cattle Barn's newly renovated milking parlor observation room where each day (except August 30 & September 5) you can watch cows being milked and learn about milk's journey from moo to you!
New York Maple Center
Come enjoy the sweet tastes of maple syrup, maple cotton candy and other maple treats while learning about the fascinating and age old process that is used to make maple syrup. The Maple Center is located in the Horticulture Building.
New York State Christmas Tree Growers
Let the New York State Christmas Tree Growers Association get you in the mood for the Christmas holidays. Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and heart-shaped novelties compete for prizes on opening day of the Fair. There are wreath-making demonstrations daily in their new location in front of the International Building.
New York State Fair History Exhibit
Maybe you’re attending the Fair for the first time. Maybe you’ve come here for decades. Chances are, there’s a lot about the Great New York State Fair that you don’t know. Be sure to stop in at the Grange building and wander through this exhibit with displays that tell the story of where the Fair began, where it traveled, who came to the Fair, who entertained at the Fair and much more from 1841 to the present. Share your memories with us and purchase some Fair mementos at the souvenir shop... buy pins, ornaments, postcards, official State Fair cookbook and much more!
New York State Grange Building
Come in and see what programs the NYS Grange are involved with. In addition, enjoy performances on the Grange Stage by old-country party bands, line dancers, singers and lots and lots of cloggers.
New York State International Horse Show
Literally, thousands of horses from across the Northeast and Canada come to the New York State Fair to compete in one of our many competitions. From Arabians to Quarter Horses and from the mighty Clydesdales to miniature horses, these shows highlight the rich heritage of our horse industry. Of course, who can forget the light and heavy horse pulls which will amaze and astonish everyone. Every day there is a new and different horse show to enjoy in the Toyota Coliseum.
New York State Lottery Players Pavilion
The Lottery Players Pavilion houses the Lottery’s expanded retail and prize payment operations throughout the duration of the Fair. The space is also used to showcase various programs sponsored by the New York State Lottery as part of the agency’s mission to support education. Located in the southeast corner of Coliseum, across from the Dairy Cattle Building.
New York State Police Exhibit
Visit the State Police exhibit in front of the International Pavilion. Your jaw will drop as you watch the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) demonstrate “high angle rescue” and “tactical access” rappelling techniques from the 50-foot tower platform.
Located between the Center of Progress Building and the Art and Home Center, you can come of the Pan-African Village to learn about New York's African-American history while you listen to music with African roots, taste African and Caribbean inspired food in the food court sponsored by Total Care, sip southern-style lemonade and browse booths filled with ethnic items. Click here to view the full entertainment schedule.
PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour
Nickelodeon’s popular kid’s adventure series, “PAW Patrol,” is coming to the 2016 Great New York State Fair to allow the show’s young fans to experience the thrill of a rescue mission. The PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour will visit the Fair from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 in the Family Fun Center (#49 on you State Fair map) near the Youth Building. The tour will be open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm. There is no charge to take part in the tour.
The fully interactive tour, inspired by PAW Patrol, features an 18-wheel semi-truck PAW Patroller that opens to reveal a life-sized PAW Patrol Headquarters, which kids can walk through. Within the PAW Patroller experience, there are interactive games, a life-sized Lookout Tower (with working periscopes) and a slide to take kids on to the next mission. The tour includes activations featuring two new segments launching this fall – Jungle Rescue and Roll Patrol. PAW Patrol fans can take photos in the Jungle area featuring the new pup tracker, then ride on life-size Roll Patrol racers around a track, and finish their day by taking a photo with PAW Patrol pups – Chase, Marshall, Skye and Rubble.
- Download the PAW Patrol information flyer
Pop & Candy - Official Mascots of the State Fair
The Great New York State Fair has two great mascots: Pop and Candy. Pop is an ear of corn, while Candy is a cute-as-a-button candy apple, each representing New York agriculture. They’ll be appearing around the Fairgrounds and will pose for pictures. They may look good enough to eat – but trust us, they’d prefer a hug!
While still in the Horticulture Building the New York State Fair Potato Booth has a new location in the “Spuds and Suds” restaurant. There will still be the $1.00 white and sweet potatoes with all the toppings to eat and now you can also get a $1.00 drink from Saranac who has partnered with the State Fair to provide a great deal for every fairgoer.
The only State Fair in the U.S. to host its own Pride Day, the annual all-day event on Friday August 26th will include a flag raising ceremony, LGBT choirs and parade at 6:00pm. In the evening, guest speaker Candis Cayne from I am Cait will discuss her career, life, transition and what it means to live life as her truly happy, authentic self plus a question and answer period in the Empire Theater at 7:30pm. Seating limited to first 250 guests, so arrive early, doors will open at 6:00pm. Program will be followed by a meet and greet... Free Admission!
Come celebrate the culture, community and find more Special Fair Days here.
Regional Artists Variety Stage
12 Days of free entertainment is scheduled on the Regional Artists Variety Stage located on restaurant row between The Family Fun Center and the Youth Building. Six or seven times a day the stage will feature a diverse lineup of talent and entertainment, all free to Fairgoers with your Fair admission. From line and Irish dancers, to today's popular bands, to Polka, Gospel, Country and Folk music, there is certainly something for everyone on the Regional Artists Variety Stage. Click here to view the full schedule.
Ride for $5 Day
Bicyclists can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Onondaga County’s trail along Onondaga Lake and a day at the Great New York State Fair on the brand new “Ride For $5 Day,” Wednesday, Aug. 31. Created in cooperation with Onondaga County and sponsored by Mello Velo Bicycle Shop of Syracuse, Ride For $5 Day involves a group ride that begins at the Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park at 9:30 a.m. Riders then travel along the western shore of Onondaga Lake on the Onondaga Lake Trail. The ride passes through the new Lakeview Amphitheater concert venue and ends with a ride through the brand new Main Gate of the Fair.
The amazing sand sculpture will return for a eighth year at the center of the Center of Progress Building. This year you can watch 180 tons of sand (that’s 360,000 pounds) sculpted into a work of art by the people from Team Sandtastic!
Sea Lion Splash
These lovable animals are nature’s comedians. Their feats of balancing, retrieving, dancing and singing make them a hit with all ages.
- Three shows daily at 12:45, 3:30 and 6:00pm in the Family Fun Center area in front of the Youth Building. Sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.
Just remember it’s never too early to shop for the holidays and birthdays as you pursue the aisles and aisles of unique vendors in the Center of Progress Building, the Marketplace Pavilion Tent, or at any of the hundreds of other Fair vendors selling cowboy hats, leather goods, spas and hot tubs, and handcrafted items.
SkyRiver Butterfly Exhibit
The SkyRiver Butterfly exhibit in the Horticultural building of the New York State Fair is stunning! Exotic Butterflies from all over the world turn everyone into kids again. Enthralling one and all, the delicate beauty of these exotic creatures will captivate you as they land with the gentlest of touch. The thousands of live butterfly that enchant fairgoers every year will be joined by 20 exotic breeds including Costa Rica's electric blue Blue Morpho, the wide-winged Paper Kite of Asia, the white spotted Postman of Africa and the Scarlet Mormon of the Philippines. Exclaiming with delight “There is one on your shoulder”! The happy sounds of laughter and squeals can be heard throughout the exhibit. Upon entering the 70 foot exhibit, lined with blooming flowers, the fairgoer receives a feeding stick. The butterflies are hungry! The colors are amazing! The beauty spectacular! For the first time a traveling exhibit is showing off butterflies from all over the world; both domestic and from overseas. Best of all, the fairgoer engages in an up close and personal encounter with the exotic creatures of our world. Using a feeding stick, butterflies will land on your hand to feed off the nectar on the stick. Truly breath-taking. Butterflies love the warm New York State Fair summer for flights of fancy! As joyous as the exhibit is, it also has a serious side, educating everyone on the need to protect the habitat of these delightful creatures if we want them for our children. The exhibit closes at 9:00 so make sure to see it before the end of your day. The best time is first thing in the morning when the butterflies are most active and best of all, admission is just $2.00.
Special Day Parades
On each of our special days, be sure to line up at 6 pm along our new parade route for our biggest parades yet! See our mascots Pop & Candy, marching bands, local organizations, and attractions themed towards each special day. New this year a special guest Grand Marshal will lead the parade and unique giveaways will be given away each night. This year’s new parade route goes in front of the Center of Progress Building, past the State Park, winds around the International Building and continues down the new Broadway road along the new midway area!
- Parades are being held on August 26, 29, 30, 31 and September 1 & 2
Sports Activity Center
Top New York State young athletes compete in boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, basketball and other sports. As a special added treat, see the exciting Harlem Wizards perform their exciting basketball act several times every day. Located in front of the Toyota Coliseum. Click here for the complete Sports Activity Center schedule.
Star Spangled Challenge
This year, when you pause right before the gates open each day for “The Star Spangled Banner,” there’ll be a live voice singing it. The winners of our new competition to find talented singers for our daily national anthem will take the Chevy Court stage to start our uniquely American event the right way.
You know them as graceful sea creatures – now get up close with these beauties. This interactive exhibit lets you safely touch and view stingrays, while learning more about these wonderful creatures and their sea life from knowledgeable educators and videos. Free of charge, it's the world's only traveling, self-contained Stingray Exhibit!
- Open daily from 11:00am to 8:00pm in front of the Toyota Coliseum. Sponsored by Kitchen Craft.
If you are wandering the Fairgrounds, get ready to catch a show just about anywhere you look or go. From Hilby, the wise-cracking, unicycle riding German juggler to Bandaloni the multi-talented, one-man band, the Living Statues, the loveable, huggable Fritters, and new this year the Flamingo, the 2016 New York State Fair promises to have entertainment at every twist and turn and around every corner.
SUNY System & Campuses
Visitors can engage with The State University of New York throughout their time at the fair. Upstate Medical University, Morrisville State College, SUNY Cobleskill, and the Cornell College of Agriculture & Life Sciences all have fascinating exhibits that showcase the impact they have on our communities. And, only on SUNY Day on September 1st, the SUNY system will have a presence where fairgoers can learn more about applying to a SUNY campus or reconnecting with their alma mater.
Swifty Swine Racing Pigs
And they’re off! Swifty Swine Racing Pigs bring the excitement of the racetrack down to a more manageable size. It’s great fun to see them all hustling to be the first one across the finish line, and to claim the winner’s prize: A cookie! Make sure you stop at Pork Chop International Speedway this year.
Four shows daily at 11:00am, 1:00, 3:15 and 5:00pm in the Family Fun Center area near the Youth Building. Sponsored by The Pettis Group.
New York State’s finest child, teen and adult performers sing and dance in the Fair’s version of “American Idol”. The performers - the winners of county fair competition across the state - take the stage daily in mornings and afternoons for a chance to compete in the finals over Labor Day weekend. Located outside the main entrance of the Youth Building.
Taste NY Food Truck Competition
Food trucks are all the rage, and the Great New York State Fair is searching for the very best of them. The Food Truck Competition on Sunday, Sept. 4, will bring 20 food trucks from all over the state to the streets around Chevy Court. They will prepare their most delicious and most creative entrée for the judges, who will crown a champion. The trucks will also make $2 samples of the entrees available to public and the public will also vote for their favorite. New this year! Want to try all the Food Trucks? If you do, keep the voting ballots from all the trucks and take them to the State Fair Food Truck and five lucky winners will win lifetime passes to the Fair!
Last year, thousands of Fairgoers found brand-new favorite foods and drinks when they visited Taste NY. It’s back and even better than ever.
Companies that make delicious products right here in New York State will return, offering free samples and products for sale. You’ll find all kinds of food and beverage items – salsas and spreads, snacks and desserts, wines, and so much more. Click here to view participating companies.
Taste NY is dedicated to providing a showcase for the best products grown and made in New York. At events all across the state, Taste NY is spreading the word about the amazing quality of homegrown and homemade food and drink.
Visit Taste NY, now at "The Market" area inside the Horticulture Building, and browse even more great products in the Taste NY Marketplace, on the back side of Chevy Court.
Taste NY Wine, Beer & Spirits Village at the Colonnades
The Fair’s Wine Court has moved back to the Colonnade, the columned area between the Dairy Products and Science and Industry buildings.
As always, the area will be filled with many of New York’s best wines, but it doesn’t end there. You’ll be able to get mixed drinks made with spirits distilled in New York, or a craft beer from the state’s ever-growing selection, or even a glass of hard cider.
The Village provides a delicious demonstration of the amazing expansion of wines, spirits, craft beers, and ciders, all under the Taste NY brand.
Taste The Fair at Home
Every year, home chefs from around the state compete to see who can make the best dish in a wide variety of culinary categories. We have now compiled some of the best all-time recipes from the culinary competition into a cookbook. Our new cookbook is on sale in the Fair History Exhibit souvenir shop in the Grange Building so you can have a little taste of the Fair all year long.
Veterans and 9/11 Memorial
Located in front of the Horticulture Building, the Veterans Memorial held its opening at the 1999 Fair and was expanded in 2001. It features an eternal flame, flag poles with bricks of all the wars at its base and stones for each branch of the service with individual bricks placed from the service branches. The 9/11 Memorial honors all those that lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Unveiled at the 2002 Fair, the Memorial is located between the two phases of the Veterans Memorial.
Make sure to attend Armed Forces Day ceremonies at 11:00am on Thursday, September 1 at the memorial. Join the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all our Veterans.
Wegmans Taste NY Demonstration Kitchen
Plan to be at the Wegmans Taste NY Demonstration Kitchen in the Art & Home Center. Experience the bounty of New York throughout the day as chefs from across the State hold cooking demonstrations and prepare dishes using mouthwatering, regional ingredients.
- Click here for a complete schedule.
Wine, Beer & Cheese Seminars and Tasting Events
In the Pride of NY Room located in the back of the Horticulture Building there will be wine, beer and cheese tasting/seminars held throughout the day. Each day will be hosted by a different NY winery, brewery or distillery. Seats for any of these free seminars will be a first come, first serve basis.
With Love, Pakistan
This pop-up event features international cuisine where Fairgoers can sample cuisine from Pakistan. Located between Chevy Court and the State Park, this one day event on Saturday, Aug. 27th is one not to miss. The menu will feature:
- Kachumber: Chopped salad of local cucumber, tomato, red onion tossed with chaat masala, pomegranate seeds & Ithaca milk co. yogurt
- Chicken achari: Halal chicken cooked low & slow with pickling spices. Served with a wedge of naan.
- Firni: Cold rice pudding with cardamom, pandanus waters, pistachio & rose petals
- Rooh Afza: Traditional Pakistani summer cooler with rose water, herbs & garnished with basil seeds.
The State Fair Wool Center is the home of statewide wool competitions and demonstrations. The center features old-fashioned wool-making, providing the fairgoer an opportunity to experience the proper preparation for market and/or hand spinning, and to show the various commercial grades as well as the best quality fleeces of the different breeds of sheep.
See displays and demo’s on how other fibers can compliment wool when blended and used:
• Sunday, August 28 - Angora Fiber Day
• Monday, August 29 - Alpaca and Llama Fiber Day
• Tuesday, August 30 - Goat Fiber Day (Mohair, Pygora and Cashmere)
• Sunday, September 4 - Fleece to Shawl Contest
World of Horses
Inside this tent, near the Toyota Coliseum, you can get ‘up close’ to horses representing different breeds and uses. You’ll learn about these majestic animals through daily presentations ranging from ‘Meet the Horses’ to ‘Horse Care and Handling’ and even ‘Recap of the Horses and Riders at the 2016 Olympics’. Hands on interaction, opportunities to play games and win prizes, photo opportunities with a full size ‘Olympic level’ show jump, and meeting with industry representatives to learn more the fascinating world of horses that generates over $2 Billion to the state’s annual economy, are all part of this FREE exhibit! Exhibit hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (horses available until 7:00pm).
XPOGO Stunt Team
The Xpogo Stunt Team is the world’s best extreme pogo demo crew, Featuring Championship Pro Athletes flying over 10 Feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Xpogo Stunt Team brings the sport to you. With fans across the globe, and new followers after every show, Xpogo Stunt Team Pros are a hit everywhere, every time.
The Xpogo Stunt team has headlined in 21 countries, appeared in numerous TV shows, Music Videos, commercials, and films, and collectively holds 13 current Guinness World Records.
- Three shows daily at 11:00am, 1:00 and 4:00pm in the Family Fun Center area in front of the Youth Building. Sponsored by Furniture Firm.