Listed below are just some of the attractions and events you will see during the 2017 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 1841. Each year the Fair receives approximately 40,000 entries for agriculture-related contests including competitions that feature 10,000 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.
Animal Cracker Conspiracy
Ancient art forms brought to life, timeless and otherworldly; Animal Cracker Conspiracy’s Stilt Characters leave beautiful and joyful impressions in the minds of their audience. With over a decade of experience performing on traditional “peg stilts, teaching workshops, and fabricating wooden stilts for performers Animal Cracker Conspiracy continues to inspire with their audacious designs and inimitable presence.
Performing at various locations around the fairgrounds daily at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
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 Beef Barn.
Known for his paint splashed style of large scale mural art, Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson has been defining his skills for over a decade. In 2015, ARCY announced his North American live event mural tour, where he took his skills on the road, painting 8’ x 12’ specifically formulated event walls in front of thousands of onlookers in many of the largest cities across the nation. ARCY has worked for the likes of The Smithsonian Institute, America’s National Parks Service, and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. As he travels the globe, ARCY continues to demonstrate his growing desire to leave his mark wherever he goes. Located in the Times Square area near the International Building.
Painting daily 10:00am - 6:00pm daily
Armed Forces Day
Thursday, August 31 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, that just celebrated its 50th anniversary! You can also enjoy a sit-down meal in air-conditioned comfort in the Empire Room Restaurant.
Wednesday, August 30 is Women’s Day at the 2017 New York State Fair with the annual Women’s Day Luncheon, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Health, 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 at various locations around restaurant row daily at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:30pm
Bear Hollow Wood Carvers - sponsored by Toyota
Bear Hollow Wood Carvers feature "Cutting Edge Art" along with one-of-a-kind chainsaw sculptures... Bear Hollow offers a show you must see to believe! Located in the Times Square area near the International Building.
Daily show times at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm and 9:00pm
Tuesday, August 29 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 10:30am. At 12:30pm New York State FFA Chapters will take over as they compete in the 11th Annual “Create the Perfect Burger” contest sponsored by the New York Beef Council and Tops Markets. Ten 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 and New this year, you can participate in “Pound out” Hunger” right outside the beef barn. Take a swing at demolishing a car. One swing to pound out hunger for $200 or three swings to pound out hunger for $5.00. The Beef Producers Association and NY Beef Council are partnering with the Food Bank of CNY to collect donations for beef purchases for those New Yorkers most in need.
Birds of Prey - sponsored by Little Caesars
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, 1:30pm and 4:30pm
Butter & Cheese Sculptures
Visit the Dairy Products Building to see hundreds of pounds of butter turned into art to mark the 49th 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 daily schedule for Thursday, August 31.
With the Hollywood Racing Pigs and Giraffic Menagerie Petting Zoo
The Coronas family are 4th generation of circus performers working in Europe until 1951 bringing their show to America in 1952. Going strong after 60 years and still innovating and bringing the highest quality shows and equipment to the American Public. Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Circus daily show times at 1:00pm, 5:30pm and 8:30pm - sponsored by Pettis Pools
Hollywood Racing Pigs daily show times at 11:00am, 4:00pm and 6:30pm - sponsored by Kitchen Craft
Giraffic Menagerie Petting Zoo open 10:00am–10:00pm daily - sponsored by Wegmans
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 provides 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 exhibit's location is at the end of the midway. View a 24-7 live stream of the Dairy Cow Live Birthing Center, and sign up for their free alerts by texting MOO to 24587. Located between the midway and the Times Square area near the Youth Building.
Open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 31 is Dairy Day - This is the State Fair's way of saying thank you to all the New York 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 the Big cheese auction at the Empire Room at 10 AM to the local celebrity milkshake contest at the Chevy Court Pavilion starting at 10:30 am. Then join us while dairy cattle strut their stuff in the Tractor Supply Dairy Cattle Barn followed by the Dairy Day parade at 6pm. Be sure to stop by the Dairy Product Building open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM and visit with State Dairy Princesses, enjoy a cup of cold white or chocolate milk, get a picture of the famous butter sculpture and check out the new fixings at the Yogurt booth. “NEW” this year- Test your Dairy Knowledge by picking up a Dairy Knowledge card at any guest relations booth and find your answers at the Milk Bar, Cheese Booth and Yo to Go booth in the Dairy Products Building. Once you complete your card enter it at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center for a chance to win a Taste NY dairy products gift basket!
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.
Located within the Dairy Products building, adjacent to Chevy Court, the Dairyland Stage hosts a variety of entertainment from across New York State. Stop in to grab your refreshing treat and then grab a seat while enjoying the mooving daily performances.
Daily show times at 11:00am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm
DownBeat Percussion features energetic drummers. They are local to the area, from Elbridge, NY; their first performance was at the Jordan Memorial Day Parade in 2013. Ever since then, we've expanded all across New York to perform in parades and events, even in Canada.
Performing at various locations around the fairgrounds daily at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:30pm
Empire Experience Stage
13 Days of free entertainment is scheduled on the Empire Experience Stage located in the "new" New York Experience Festival Grounds. Three times a day the stage will feature a diverse lineup of talent and entertainment, all free to Fairgoers with your Fair admission. From to today's popular bands, to Latin music, dancers and tribute bands, there is certainly something for everyone at the Empire Experience Stage.
The Empire Room
The Empire Patio is open for dining from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily serving a delicious menu packed with New York State products. From Utica Greens to Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese and Fresh Seafood Boils, there is something for everyone at the Empire Patio. Don’t forget the New York State Cheesecake! The 1911 Bloody Mary Bar with 1911 Established Vodka, featuring the famous “Great New York State Fair Bloody Mary,” is open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Enjoy live music daily from Noon – 2:00 pm and the Party on the Patio daily from 3:00 – 7:00 pm with Live Music and NYS Beer, Wine or Spirits tastings. No trip to the Great New York State Fair is complete without stopping by the Empire Patio!
Family Fishing Day and "I Fish New York"
A day dedicated to fishing in New York State begins on Aug. 27 with a tournament on Onondaga Lake. "I Fish New York," sponsored by I LOVE NEW YORK, will feature members of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) chapters from across the state, competing for the biggest catch from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. The action then shifts to the new New York Experience area on the Fairgrounds for the official weigh-in and the crowning of the champion on the Empire Experience Stage. Meantime, the Department of Environmental Conservation will host a free fishing experience from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the New York Experience Area pond. Kids of all ages and anglers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. B.A.S.S. boats will be on display in the area, along with various types of fishing gear and equipment. The I LOVE NEW YORK traveling POD will also be there, offering travel tips and recommendations for planning a New York State getaway.
Admission to the Fair on Aug. 27 is free for those who show a valid sporting license at the gate. Attendees are also encouraged to stop by the DEC Pavilion to purchase their hunting or fishing license. Anyone who buys a sporting license at the fair will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a Great New York State Fair lifetime pass.
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 26 and all day Sunday, August 27 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, The Gospel Keynotes of Tyler, TX, and other gospel groups and choirs will help keep the Good News Music flowing all weekend long.
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.
Hilby, The Skinny German Juggler - sponsored by Gianelli Sausage
Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn’t mean you cannot be funny. While being an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects as well as countless circus and variety skills (such as Unicycling, ropewalking, unsupported ladder, fire manipulations and eating, balancing stunts and the list goes on and on), he really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Watch out for catapults, marshmallows, lots of Velcro and the bowling-ball of terror. Hilby has training in modern dance and mime and his body is as expressive as the spoken words he speaks. Poetry in motion, a fusion of an epileptic fit, and.... Yes all that and more..... The long and short of it is that you will love this Skinny German Juggle Boy! Hilby will be now performing in a NEW location at the Sports Activity Center in front of the Toyota Coliseum.
Starting on Monday, August 28, with three shows daily at 1:00pm, 4:00pm & 7:00pm
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 Potato Booth Restaurant where you can still get a large white or sweet potato with all the toppings for just $1.00.
I LOVE NEW YORK Exhibit
New York's tourism promotion agency, I LOVE NEW YORK, will show off the wonders of New York State at an exhibit open all 13 days of the Fair, in the north wing of the Center of Progress Building. New York's tourism promotion agency, I LOVE NEW YORK, will show off the wonders of New York State at an exhibit open all 13 days of the Fair, in the north wing of the Center of Progress Building. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in quintessential New York State activities through selfie stations highlighting canoeing, fishing, mountain climbing, and race day at Watkins Glen International. Those who share their photos with #NYStateFairSelfie may be featured on the big screen at the concerts in Chevy Court. LED video walls will showcase state-wide attractions and celebrate the people who serve the vital tourism industry.
Fairgoers are also invited to visit the I LOVE NEW YORK pavilion, where they can learn more about vacation planning in New York State and sign up for daily drawings. Prizes include New York State Parks gift cards and camping passes; ski lift tickets to Gore, Whiteface and Belleayre Mountains; and a one-year subscription for monthly Taste NY wine and craft beverages.
i-Flip Aerial Show - sponsored Tarson Pools
i-Flip is the ultimate aerial show. This quadruple based structure, with all its accessories, was the result of intensive creative research. It places, once again, Milord Entertainment the leader in producing Acrobatic Thrill Shows! This incredible 25 minute show contains: Aerial Bungee, Tramp-Wall, Sphere, Power Track and more. To conclude this spectacular show, a 60 foot death-defying High Fall into a stuntman airbag. Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Daily show times at 2:30pm, 5:00pm and 8:00pm
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!
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.
Come see the new Turtle Mound, home of the traditional dances that take place three times daily. The mound has been built to resemble a turtle, an animal sacred to the Iroquois. The village also received new roofs on its buildings and other renovations this year.
Look for the Kiddleland Midway location now between the main midway and the New York Experience Festival Grounds! 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 171st 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 starting at 6:00pm. Presented by Majestic Fireworks, they have provided spectaculars at the New York State Fair for the last three years and at other numerous community festivals.
Live Shark Encounter - sponsored by Mattress Firm
One look into the eyes of a live shark and you will know the heart pounding "awe and fascination" felt by Live Shark Encounter visitors. Sharks have captured our imaginations for thousands of years, stirring the fears and fascination of ocean goers and scientists alike. Their legacy has been as misunderstood as it has been "old and bloody". Now more than ever, the importance of understanding this fascinating species is critical for its survival. Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Daily show times at 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Mango and Dango
Mango and Dango have performed their one-of-a-kind theatrical circus shows in Central/South America, Europe, southeast/central Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the United States... they are always a crowd favorite! As artists and directors they find their inspiration trotting around the globe exchanging smiles and ideas with people of all walks of life. The accumulation of these experiences result in performances that cross cultural boundaries and continues to redefine the contemporary circus medium. Their love for laughter, the absurd, ridiculous dance moves and comedic subtleties in everyday situations are woven into their performances which utilize high skilled circus tricks to tell their tales.
Performing at various locations around the fairgrounds daily at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Maritime History Showcase
Visitors will be able to see a full-size replica of the gunboat USS Philadelphia that carried General Benedict Arnold and his Continental Army troops in 1776 during the Revolutionary War rebuilt in just one day on opening day, Wednesday, August 23.
The shipbuilding demonstration is part of the new Path through Our Maritime History: Waterways of War exhibit coordinated by New York Sea Grant as part of the new Maritime History Showcase, located next to the new retention pond at the New York Experience. The exhibit opens daily at 10:00am.
Throughout the Fair, the exhibit will include the completed Philadelphia replica; daily wooden boat building demonstrations; a new Shipwreck Shack with a display on the proposed Great Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary project; a new Boating and Buoys Shack with information on current era boating; the 2017 New York Sea Grant Clean and Safe Boating educational vessel, an 18-foot made-in-NY pontoon with an electric motor; the Great Lakes Research Consortium 24-7 sensing buoy transmitting data; and Great Lakes Research Consortium in-water remotely operated vehicle demonstrations in the retention pond. Learn more at www.nyseagrant.org/shipwreck.
Boat Building Demonstrations daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
In-Water ROV Demonstrations daily at 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Midway Rides by Wade Shows, Inc.
Fairgoers will get a graceful and unique view of the 2017 Great New York State Fair aboard the Broadway Skyliner as the brand-new chairlift ride makes its debut at the Wade Shows Midway. The Skyliner will lift riders approximately 34 feet in the air and take them on a seven minute, 1,400 foot ride from one end of the Midway to the other. Wade Shows installed the permanent concrete footers for the ride this summer. Tickets for the ride will be $5 for a one-way ride and $8 for a roundtrip ride.
Also among the new attractions this year is the Fair's first-ever water ride. White Water is a flume ride that will take riders down two water slides to enjoy splashes of cooling water. There are several other new kiddie, family, thrill and spectacular rides at the Fair this year. The RC-48 steel roller coaster will return this year after some time away from the Fair. The ride rises 70 feet in the air before taking riders around banked turns and curved drops, ending with twists through a helix pattern. A full list of rides can be found on the Fair's website.
Fairgoers can also take advantage of the newly-featured Wade Shows Guest Relations centers placed along the Midway that will offer free phone charging stations, free sunscreen, baby changing areas and other essentials.
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 29 & September 4) you can watch cows being milked and learn about milk's journey from moo to you!
Mobile Free Fall
Live the thrill of jumping free style from 20 feet at the new Mobile Free Fall attraction. Safe for kids and adults alike, you can experience the excitement of free fall jumping, with the safe arrival into a giant air pad directly below. For the less daring members of the family, there is a more modest 8-foot jump height, with the same protective air pad to make for a safe landing.
Cost is $7.00 for one jump or three jumps for $15.00 - other daily specials may also be offered.
You can experience how the X gamers fly high in the air, with the security and comfort of knowing you’ll always have a soft landing. Come see the Mobile Free Fall, on Iroquois Street behind the Goat, Llama & Swine Barn.
Open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm
MooU Guided Tours
MooU guides want to change the way the general public views the production livestock industry. We want people to realize that the animals are more than just a food source. Alternate protein sources are easy to find, but replacements for the byproducts that we use daily are not so readily available. Everyone uses animal byproducts on a daily basis, if you live in a home, use electronics, drive or ride in a car. It is extremely important to educate our youth about where their food is coming from and how it is raised and grown. Our tours will be a benefit to your fair, community and school educational programs. Eight tours daily, each starting behind the Agriculture Museum - see schedule below for further details on times and where tours end.
Tours at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm end at the Dairy Cow Live Birthing Center
Tours at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm end at the World of Horses exhibit
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 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!
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
The New York State Police Exhibit, one of the most popular stops of the Fair, has moved to a new home near the Horticulture Building in honor of its 100th anniversary. The area, which includes two buildings, has been renovated to include a new, steel tower Troopers will use for their daily demonstrations of building rappelling techniques. Inside one of the buildings, a log cabin, fairgoers can use a simulator that demonstrates the dangers of texting while driving and a forensic crime scene area, as well as a Wall of Honor to fallen Troopers and a place to sign up for the Trooper exam. The other building will house an exhibit celebrating the Troopers' Centennial. State Police Canines will have a new, air conditioned place to rest between shows, and all the exciting demonstrations that fairgoers enjoy will return.
New York’s Suffrage Centennial Exhibit
Visit the New York State Fair exhibit on New York’s Suffrage Centennial, located in the Art and Home Center. The exhibit will feature:
- The six traveling panels of the New York State Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” (Opening Nov. 4, 2017),
- complemented by individual biography panels of women with strong ties to central New York: Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as well as Carrie Chapman Catt, who spearheaded the final victorious push for the vote,
- a map created by I Love New York and Path Through History highlighting 13 New York State destinations for further exploration of women’s rights and the almost 70-year battle for suffrage,
- a display of replicas of several key Suffrage movement documents and the Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage in New York, which was created in partnership with the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission,
- and a section of the Susan B. Anthony House’s 2020 Quilt, an ongoing project of collaborative textile art that celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that granted women the right to vote in 1920. The Susan B. Anthony House welcomes contributions to the 2020 Quilt.
NYSVMS Hall of Veterinary Health
NYS Veterinary Medical Society will once again have its Hall of Veterinary Health at the New York State Fair. Several new interactive exhibits were added last year including: Comparative Anatomy featuring real animal skulls, Dress Like a Surgeon, Teddy Bear ER, Journey Through Imaging, Preparing your Pet for a Vet Visit and Building your Own Stethoscope.
NYSVMS has received a sponsorship from Boehringer Ingelheim and with these funds will add the following this year:
- Tick-borne Disease/Rabies Display: A standalone pedestal exhibit with information on Lyme disease and rabies.
- Dental exhibit: An updated exhibit with information on dental issues for all species.
- Comparative Anatomy: White boards with skeletons of a cow, horse, cat and dog that kids can color using dry erase markers.
- Welcome station: A new welcome station to greet people when they walk in that will hold printed maps to guide you around the exhibit.
The Hall will also feature daily live presentations with animals ranging from reptiles to birds to mini ponies, as well as a live first aid demonstration every day at 3pm.
Check out the Hall of Veterinary Health section on our website: www.nysvms.org which includes a video of highlights from last year’s event. Located at the east end of the horse barn near Gate 4.
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.
Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean - sponsored by Tractor Supply Co.
Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Thrill Show incorporates the Sensational Murcia’s world famous High Wire act and the legendary Wheel of Destiny act all in a very unique setting. It is your typical “GOOD” pirates against the “BAD” pirates in the never-ending battle for the treasure map, however, this all takes place suspended on a thin wire cable 30 feet in the air over the top of a huge pirate ship. Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Daily show times at 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 9:00pm
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!
In the Horticulture Building, the New York State Fair Potato Booth will still be the place to get your $1.00 white and sweet potatoes with all the toppings to eat!.
The only State Fair in the U.S. to host its own Pride Day, the annual all-day event on Friday, August 25th will include a flag raising ceremony, LGBT choirs and parade at 6:00pm.
Come celebrate the culture, community and find more Special Fair Days here.
The amazing sand sculpture will return for a ninth year in the middle 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 celebrating New York State 2017 milestones, by the people from Team Sandtastic!
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! These Exotic Butterflies are from all over the world both domestic and overseas such as the Costa Rica's electric Blue Morpho, the wide-winged Paper Kite of Asia, the white spotted Postman of Africa and the Scarlet Mormon of the Philippines. Upon entering the 70 foot exhibit, lined with blooming flowers, the fairgoer receives a feeding stick and the butterflies will land on your hand to feed off the nectar on the stick. Truly breath-taking. This exhibit 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.
Open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm
Special Day Parades - sponsored by Camping World
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... a special guest Grand Marshal will lead the parade and unique giveaways will be given away each night. This year’s 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 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 and September 1
Sports Activity Center
The Sports Activity Center is home to a variety of NYS competitive sports. Girls and Boys Basketball clinics and tournaments, Westside Gymnastic Exhibition, Ray Rinaldi’s NYS State Championship Boxing, Wrestling Take Down Tournament, NYS Fair Wrestling Challenge, Moving Along Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Tournament , Arm Wrestling Tournament and for the first time there will also be a Pickle Ball Competition. Be sure to check out the schedule so you can be a spectator at your favorite sport. As a special added treat, see Hilby, the Skinny German Juggler perform his hilarious act several times every day. Located in front of the Toyota Coliseum.
Star Spangled Challenge
This year, when you pause right before the buildings open each day at 10am 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.
S.T.E.A.M. Exhibit - sponsored by C&S Companies
S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. This new and interactive exhibit, sponsored by C&S Companies, will feature hands-on activities, workshops and demonstrations aimed at stimulating creativity in young fairgoers and encouraging them to consider careers in related fields. The exhibit will host a variety of organizations, including professional and student groups, higher education, museums, corporations and makers all with fun hands-on and educational activities. Stop by and build a bridge, play giant jenga, tryout some robotics or see the drones.
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.
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.
Taste NY Food Truck Competition
Now TWO days! The 2017 Taste NY Food Truck Competition will be held on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 from 10:00am – 7:00pm as many as 20 different trucks will round Chevy Court each day and sell $3 samples. Click here to view the food truck participates for each day.
Cast your vote for your favorite truck at the New York State Fair Food Truck and enter for your own chance to win a prize! Want to try all the trucks? Save all your ballots and enter to win a Lifetime Pass to the Fair!
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.
Timber Sports and Forestry Day
The Sept. 2 event in the New York Experience Area will be a day of exciting events highlighting the state's forestry industry. A draft horse demonstration begins the day at 10:30 a.m. Collegiate timber sports teams from SUNY-ESF, SUNY Morrisville and Paul Smiths College will compete in events including crosscut and bowsaw, axe throw, underhand chop, logrolling, speed climbing, and more. There will be an opportunity to meet professional lumberjacks, courtesy of the New York State Woodsmen's Field Days of Boonville. Young people can explore careers in forestry while adults can learn about some threats to trees. Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district's Future Farmers of America chapter will be on hand with samples of real maple syrup and an exhibit on maple farming.
Events in the New York Experience area on the west end of the grounds are easily accessible via the Fair's free, continuous trams, which are sponsored by Chevrolet.
TOP COP Academy - sponsored by Syracuse Pools
The TOP COP police academy is in town. We need to recruit students and offer your spectators the chance to join us! This is where the interactive show begins, with recruitment among the crowd. From the ones recruited, there are 5 members of the Milord Entertainment team and 7 people from the public. After some preliminary exercises on the ground (push-ups, jumping jacks, etc.) people are eliminated to leave place for only the troop members. After slipping into their uniforms, they become excellent divers. Among them, there is one that will have to accept the challenge of a very dangerous feat…. to jump from a height of 25 meters into a pool that’s only 3 meters in depth. The Top Cop Academy is a unique performance that the public is sure to enjoy. Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Daily show times at 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
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, August 31 at the memorial. Join the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all our Veterans.
WaterBark - sponsored by Sleep Number
Audiences will be thrilled as The President’s Choice SuperDogs team up with stunt divers from Milord Entertainment for an unprecedented, unparalleled and unbelievable show, WaterBark! A custom pool allows audiences to see all the action above AND below the surface as stunt divers and SuperDogs come together for jaw-dropping agility and hilarious antics. Located in the Times Square area near the International Building.
Daily show times at 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 8:30pm - additional show at 6:30pm on Saturday & Sunday
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.
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 complement wool when blended and used:
• Sunday, August 27 - Angora Fiber Day
• Monday, August 28 - Alpaca and Llama Fiber Day
• Tuesday, August 29 - Goat Fiber Day (Mohair, Pygora and Cashmere)
• Sunday, September 3 - Fleece to Shawl Contest
World of Horses
The World of Horses tent features a center ring where fairgoers can see horses up close and talk with their owners and handlers. Among the new events there this year is an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, which began its work at the State Fair with a mounted patrol, an exhibit featuring the Morgan Horse, free talks from an expert on improving a horse rider's balance and effectiveness, an artist famous for her presentation of horse anatomy using paint to identify the horse's muscle and bones, and cowboy poetry from one of the winners of the 2017 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Mark Munzert.
In addition, the Fair will open its horse barns to fairgoers for the first time in several years with guided horse barn tours beginning at the World of Horses tent. Spaces are limited and fairgoers can sign up at the tent beginning at 10 a.m. To ensure maximum safety of tour participants while in the barns, the tour will begin with an orientation session.
Exhibit hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (horses available until 7:00pm)