Agriculture Schedules, Events & Exhibits

Agriculture Schedules, Events & Exhibits 4

View our 2019 Fair Livestock Schedule or you can choose from the list below to view a detailed schedule of each show:




beef-dayBeef Day

The Great New York State Fair will celebrate the beef industry in New York State and fairgoers are encouraged to join in on the many special events and activities planned for Beef Day, Tuesday, August 27. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to interact with producers of New York’s high-quality beef and to learn more about this important industry for New York agriculture.  Events being held throughout the day include hay-throwing contests, a scavenger hunt, a food truck, recipes and the opportunity to take selfies at the Beef Barn.

The Beef Barn will host activities open to everyone starting at 9 a.m., including a scavenger hunt, a hay bale throwing contest, and an interactive beef cut puzzle. People who visit the Beef Barn can get to know New York beef farmers face-to-face and see award-winning beef cattle.

Stop by the beef barn to see new displays highlighting beef’s lifecycle from pasture to plate and pick up the newest recipes to try at home. Activities in the Beef Barn will help attendees learn more about the beef industry, which is critically important to the agricultural economy.


Dairy Day

Come celebrate the dairy industry with the New York State Fair and New York dairy farmers on Thursday, August 29. Guests can enjoy family fun and educational activities, including the local celebrity Milkshake Contest to see who makes the best shake, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chevy Court Pavilion. Pick up a dairy trivia card at the guest relations booths and enter to win a NY Taste basket full of products made in NYS.

Farigoers can check out the famous Butter Sculpture in the Dairy Products Building which will be on display all 13 days of the Fair. While visiting the Dairy Products Building, fairgoers can sample and purchase a variety of cheese from across the State and buy a cup of perfectly chilled white or chocolate milk at the Milk Bar. Fairgoers will also have the chance to meet and chat with the State and county Dairy Princesses.

Visitors may witness live births of baby calves in the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, where more than 100 farmers, veterinarians, business representatives and agricultural students volunteer to assist with the births and explain the process to the public.

Dairy cows will strut their stuff in the Tractor Supply Dairy Cattle Building and the day’s events will wrap up with the Dairy Day Parade beginning at 6 p.m. and features floats, the Dairy Princesses, and tractors.


cow-birthingDairy 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




NYS Veterinary Medical Society’s
Hall of Veterinary Health

The Hall of Veterinary Health is held every day from 10 am-5 pm. This is the largest public event that NYS Veterinary Medical Society holds every year to educate the public on veterinary medicine.

This year the Veterinary Dentistry exhibit has been expanded. Learn about the importance of having your pets’ teeth cleaned through hands-on activities.

Explore all the exhibits in the Hall: Complementary veterinary medicine; Lyme Disease/Rabies, Comparative Anatomy, Dress Like a Surgeon, Teddy Bear ER, Journey Through Imaging, Preparing your Pet for a Vet Visit, Mock Vet Exam Station and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine display.

Once again Cornell University vet students will do the Build Your Own Stethoscope activity on the 2 weekends. There is also a stuffed animal giveaway on the weekends. One per child, while supplies last!

The Hall will also feature daily live presentations with animals ranging from reptiles to birds to mini ponies! Click here for the daily live presentation schedule.


1910-gateNew 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!