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.
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 TasteNY dairy products gift basket!
Dairy Cow 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
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)
NYS Veterinary Medical Society’s
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!
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!