Deadlines Approaching for Competition Entries at The Great New York State Fair

2017 Competition Results

The first wave of deadlines is approaching for some of the more than 70 competitions that take place during the 2018 Great New York State Fair.  July 2 is the deadline for all entries in the Arts & Home Center categories, including arts and crafts, culinary, fine arts, photography, bucket of junk, poetry and senior citizens' categories. July 1 is the deadline for entries in the Drone Film Festival competition. Details on how to enter can be found here.

Any New York State resident is eligible to enter Fair competitions, with categories ranging from painting, drawing and sculpture to agriculture and the Youth Talent Showcase.  Last year, more than 4,200 people submitted 22,425 entries to Fair competitions that awarded nearly $190,000 in prize money.

Other major category deadlines include:

  • Agricultural Farm Products, July 27 and August 3
  • Agricultural Livestock, July 16, 20 and 23, and August 10
  • Antique Tractors, August 20
  • Dairy Products, July 20
  • Flower Show, July 25
  • Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits and Cavies, July 18
  • Youth Livestock, August 13
  • Youth Dog Show, August 1


The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at