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Special Fair Days

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Opening Day / Governor's Day, $3 Thursday

Opening Day / Governor’s Day

Join in on the Opening Day Ceremonies for the 2016 New York State Fair!

 

$3 Thursday

All admissions are just $3 today, an Opening Day gift to you from the Fair!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Law Enforcement Day, Pride Day

Law Enforcement Day

Law Enforcement Day allows free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel who presents a badge and/or picture ID from the law enforcement department from which they are or were employed. Make sure to attend the Law Enforcement Day ceremonies at 12:00pm in front of the Horticulture Building and make sure to see all the law enforcement participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00pm.

 

Pride Day

Pride Day celebrates the state’s LGBTQ community. Events include a flag raising, an official ceremony, an information fair, and participation in the Special Day Parade at 6:00pm.

 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dairy Day, Senior Citizen's Day, Wade Shows Midway Monday

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 Special Day Parade at 6:00pm.  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.

 

Senior Citizen’s Day

Senior citizens, sixty (60) years of age and older, are offered free admission on these two days of the Fair. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking, thus a special parking permit for this location will be required. Please contact the Art & Home Center office at (315) 487-7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.

Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network for free on these two senior days with the service running 9:00am-8:00pm. These trams travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 11 scheduled stops.

 

Wade Shows Midway Monday

Special limited wristband offer, 10 rides for only $10.00. Wristbands can be purchased at any Wade Shows ticket booth on the midway. Wristbands are not shareable.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fire & Rescue Day, Beef Day, Senior Citizen's Day

Fire & Rescue Day

Fire & Rescue Day allows for free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization who has a duly issued picture ID from that department or organization. Make sure to attend the Fire & Rescue Day ceremonies at 11:00am in front of the Horticulture Building and make sure to see all the fire & rescue participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00pm.

 

Beef Day

“Beef, it’s What’s for Dinner”! Follow your nose to the Chevy Court pavilion to starts the day’s great activities by watching 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).

 

Senior Citizen’s Day

Senior citizens, sixty (60) years of age and older, are offered free admission on these two days of the Fair. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking, thus a special parking permit for this location will be required. Please contact the Art & Home Center office at (315) 487-7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Women's Day, Ride For $5 Day

Women’s Day

Plan on attending the annual Women’s Day Luncheon plus many other special events throughout the day. Highlights include the Fine Arts and Photo Exhibition in the Art & Home Center as well as judging in the Culinary Arts area.

The 2016 Women’s Day Luncheon will take place in the Art and Home Center’s Empire Room at noon.  Leslie English, President of Dale Carnegie CNY, will be the featured keynote speaker, presenting on “BE the GREAT wind beneath their wings.”  English is the president and owner of the Dale Carnegie Training franchise in Central New York, which she purchased in 2013.  Liz Ayers, formerly of WCNY, will emcee the program. A reservation is required for the luncheon and seating is limited so registering as soon as possible is recommended. The cost is $20, which will cover the luncheon, a fair pass and parking. A registration form can be downloaded below or obtained by calling 315-487-7711 ext. 1265.

The Art and Home Center will open at 10 a.m. on Women’s Day. Those registered for the luncheon are invited to coffee and to enjoy Nancy Wildoner, a theatre organist, play a Wurlitzer organ in the Empire Theatre at 10:30 a.m.  Following, at 11 a.m., Crouse Hospital presents Kim Masterpole, who will speak on “Successful Strategies in Managing Stress in Women.”  The presentation is open to the public.

In addition, a mini-fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Chevy Court and will feature many advocacy groups for women. Feel free to stop by to discuss and ask questions and make sure to see all the Women’s Day participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00pm.

 

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.

All riders must wear helmets and must sign a waiver before participating.  The ride is free. The discount admission price is available to anyone riding a bike to the Fair that day even if they do not participate in the group ride and is good for only that day.

Once inside, bikes will be checked into a secure parking area with staff on hand, provided by Mello Velo.  The bike shop will also staff a tent outside the Science and Industry Building for the day, offering free light adjustments and lubes for bikes, product demonstrations, and will be selling bike accessories and other items.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Armed Forces Day, $3 Thursday

Armed Forces Day

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). Make sure to attend the Armed Forces Day ceremonies at 11:00am at the Veterans MemorialJoin the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all members of our Armed Forces. Make sure to see all the Armed Forces participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00pm.

 

$3 Thursday

Another Great Thursday when admission to the Fair is just $3!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Six Nations Day, Student's Day

Six Nations Day

Native Americans receive free admission on this day. ID is not required, but it is asked that attendees enter through Gate 4 only. Make sure to see all the Six Nations Day participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00pm

 

Student’s Day

Youths 18 years old and under admitted free on this day. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Grange Day

This day marks the achievements of the NYS Grange organization supporting and advocating for rural communities and agriculture.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day, Summer Send Off "Dollar Day"

Labor Day

Labor Day is to honor those working women and men who make American strong. Supporters of labor can meet at 10:00 a.m. near Gate 4 and then at 10:30 a.m. they will march to Chevy Court for a Labor Day rally.

 

Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”

  • Adult admission to the Fair will be $1.00 per person all day.
  • All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1.00 per ride.
  • We’ll light up the night and say farewell to the Fair at dusk, right after the final Chevy Court concert of the year at 6:00pm.
  • Fair Parking will still cost $5.00

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