Listed below are just some of the attractions and events you will see during
the 2019 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 Daniel Parrish Witter Agricultural Museum just celebrated it’s 90th anniversary in 2018 at the Fair! Open since 1928, the Agriculture Museum shows the history of agriculture in New York State, and in turn the history of the state itself. This 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.
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 next to the FFA Exhibit Building on the corner of Broadway.
Armed Forces Day
Thursday, August 29 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 & Craft Exhibitions
From fine arts and photography to homespun crafts like quilting, woodworking and needlepoint, work created by some of New York’s most talented artists will be on display and competing for ribbons and prize money. Located in the Wegmans Art & Home Center.
Wegmans Art & 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. You can also enjoy a beverage in air-conditioned comfort at Daniella’s Catering and Events Steakhouse (formerly the Empire Room).
Wednesday, August 28 is Women’s Day at the 2019 New York State Fair with the annual Women’s Day Luncheon, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Health, being held in Daniella’s Catering and Events Steakhouse (formerly 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.
• Sponsored by Camping World
He's back... 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. Performing at various locations around restaurant row.
Shows daily at 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:30pm
• Sponsored by Chevy
Bearadise Ranch brings to you their big, beautiful bruins in loving human care. Promoting habitat preservation and conservation for all bear species, learn about bears and gain an appreciation for them up close and personal. Located in the Times Square area between The Eatery and the Expo Center.
Shows daily at 1:00pm, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
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.
Birds of Prey by Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
• Sponsored by Beak & Skiff Apple Farms
Hawk Creek is one of the largest not-for-profit educational outreach programs in New York State. Through over 2,500 education programs and 500 animal patients each year, Hawk Creek reconnects humans to the natural world and inspires an appreciation of nature - shown by them becoming the 41st accredited wildlife sanctuary in the US. They are a non-profit group without public funding, primarily staffed by volunteers, yet they successfully rehabilitate hundreds of animals each year for release into the wild. They also offer permanent sanctuary to over 70 non-releasable animals such as eagles, wildcats, vultures, falcons, owls and many others that are given the highest possible quality of life. Located in the State Parks area.
Demonstrations daily at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm
Broadway Bubble Express
The new Broadway Bubble Express might be the most fun way to get across a large portion of the 2019 Great New York State Fair. The trackless trains will travel the length of the Fair’s main street, Broadway, to give fairgoers an inexpensive and fun way to get off their feet. The trains will run each day until 8 p.m. and join the Fair’s roster of transport options at the Fairgrounds.
Up to three trains will operate at a time. Each train can carry about 18 people in its five cars. At certain points in each trip, the engineer will make the locomotive blow bubbles from its smokestack. Trains will pick up and drop off people at each end of Broadway with an intermediate stop at the Expo Center. Rides on the train will cost $3 per person. Children can receive a train whistle and bubbles for an additional $2.
Fairgoers will get a graceful and unique view of the 2019 Great New York State Fair aboard the Broadway Skyliner as the chairlift ride returns at the Wade Shows Midway. The Skyliner will lift riders approximately 34 feet in the air and take them on a seven minute, 1400 foot ride from one end of the Midway to the other. Tickets for the ride will be $5 for a one-way ride and $8 for a roundtrip ride.
Visit the Dairy Products Building to see hundreds of pounds of butter turned into art to mark the 51st anniversary of this State Fair tradition. You can also see blocks of New York State cheese carved into artwork before your eyes. Make sure to check out our Dairy Day festivities on Thursday, August 29.
13 Days of free entertainment with two shows daily is scheduled for the Stan Colella Stage at Chevy Court for the 2019 New York State Fair. The lineup provides a wide-ranging mix of musical talent from country to nostalgia to today's popular music. Concerts at Chevy Court, which drew more than a quarter million people in 2018, are sponsored by Chevrolet and are all free to Fairgoers with your Fair admission!
Christmas in August
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? It may be hard to hear them over the din of the Great New York State Fair, but Santa and his reindeer are going to jingle all the way to the Fair’s new “Christmas in August” event held, naturally, on Sunday the 25th. The one-day special event at the Expo Center celebrates the coolest holiday at the hottest time of the summer with special events, a display of antique sleighs, Christmas movies and more. Admission will be $1 for anyone donating a new toy in bins located outside each gate. The toys will be given to a non-profit agency that provides gifts for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army will also collect donations outside the Main Gate and Gate 10 that day.
Children will be able to see and take pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Expo Center. They’ll also be able to drop off letters to Santa in special mailboxes. Live reindeer will be on display at the same time. The classic Christmas movie “Elf” will be screened in the evening in the Expo Center. In the Wegmans Art & Home Center, a special cookie decorating competition will take place, and at the Fair’s entrance gates, lost child tags will be adorned with Christmas-themed Fair stickers.
The highlight of the day is the Olympic-style competition called the Santalympics, taking place from 2 – 5 p.m. Entrants will wear Santa suits as they qualify by taking on a holiday-themed obstacle course that includes such holiday hazards as climbing over piles of presents and untangling Christmas tree lights. Qualifiers then move on to a present-wrapping race, pinning the snowball on Buddy the Elf, and Santa’s Feast -- a speed-eating contest consisting of cookies, fruitcake and (New York State Fair Milk Bar) milk. Finalists compete for the gold medal in a Christmas music karaoke competition with live celebrity judge reactions.
To enter the Santalympics, people must post pictures of themselves wearing a Santa suit here, in the contest entry section of the Fair’s Facebook page. Entries end Monday, August 21. The first 100 qualified entrants will be selected. Winners will be immediately notified and given admission tickets and parking for the day.
Comic Con Day at the Fair
The Great New York State Fair is celebrating its new Comic Con Day on Wednesday, August 28 with a super deal: Buy a Spider-Man comic with a special State Fair cover for $10 and get Fair admission for free. The cover of the Spider-Man comic shows the web-slinging superhero swinging over the heads of fairgoers outside the new Exposition Center. It was created by Marvel Comics especially for the recent Salt City Comic Con and the new Comic Con Day at the Fair. The comic can be purchased at the Fair’s online sales site, here.
Buyers will pay an additional 34 cents per comic to cover fees. Buyers will receive by email or text a link to two print-at-home vouchers: One for admission to the Fair and the other to receive the comic book. The admission vouchers are good at any gate any day of the Fair for free admission. The voucher for the comic book must be taken to the Guest Relations Center at the Main Gate to receive the comic book. Vouchers cannot be refunded, exchanged or adjusted and are good only for the 2019 Fair.
Each voucher contains a special money-saving bonus: A coupon good for a free soda with the purchase of a specialty product at the two Gianelli sausage stands or the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que stand at Chevy Court.
Comic Con Day at the Fair will feature $1 admission for fairgoers who arrive in costumes, training in the use of light swords, appearances by the Batmobile and the Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo mystery cartoons, an evening of classic movies and more.
Coronas Circus Hollywood
The Coronas family are 4th generation of circus performers working in Europe until bringing their show to America in 1952. Going strong after 60 years and still innovating and bringing the highest quality shows to the American Public. They are also pleased to bring their Animal Encounters Petting Zoo and the famous Hollywood Racing Pigs! Located between the Expo Center and the Dairy Cow Live Birthing Center.
Circus shows daily at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 7:00pm • Sponsored by Toyota
Racing Pig shows daily at 11:00am, 4:00pm and 6:00pm • Sponsored by Tarson Pools
Petting Zoo open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm • Sponsored by Hidow Cream
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 Wegmans 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 is providing this opportunity for the public to learn more about the dairy industry, the care farmers provide their animals, as well as the birthing process. View a 24-7 live stream of the Dairy Cow Live Birthing Center. Located now in its new location in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm
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.
Fairgoers 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.
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 within 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, have a 25¢ glass of cold white or chocolate milk, sample delicious cheese and yogurt, or have a yummy in your tummy milk shake.
Use your taste buds to celebrate New York's traditional role as a gateway for immigrants and a melting pot of diverse cultures. The Eatery has been renovated and there you will find specialties from around the world. Whether you crave Caribbean empanadas, German bratwurst, Japanese tempura, Greek baklava, vegan delicacies or some other ethnic dish, you'll find it here... eat locally, internationally, fairly.
The Chevrolet Music festival at the Experience Stage
Thirteen days of entertainment will be featured on the Experience Stage on the western end of the Fairgrounds in the New York Experience Festival Grounds. Several national touring acts, along with a mix of major bands from across Upstate New York and national touring tribute bands, will make up a diverse lineup of talent and entertainment - all free with your Fair admission. The stage will also host bands for the new Latino Village Weekend and the returning Syracuse JAMS FunkFest. There is certainly something for everyone to experience... at the Experience Stage!
Family Fishing Days
Family Fishing Days will be on Thursday, August 22 and Saturday, August 24, presented in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Admission is $1 for anyone presenting a valid New York State hunting or fishing license at the gate. The DEC will operate free fishing clinics in the pond in the New York Experience festival grounds on those days.
Fireworks Show by Majestic Fireworks
• Sponsored by St. Joseph's Health
Majestic Fireworks from Clinton, NY has provided Fireworks at the New York State Fair for the last four years. With the trill of a truly spectacular fireworks display, they have lit up the skies for over 30 years and have created memorable firework shows that make ordinary events extraordinary. This year they will be held on Saturday August 31 after the end of that evenings Chevy Court Concert, approximately 9pm.
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!
FunkFest is returning to the Great New York State Fair’s Experience Stage for 2019 with performances from national recording artists, along with a new second day of performances of music from around the world, called World Beat. The festival will take place at the Experience Stage, located on the western edge of the Fairgrounds. World Beat is on Thursday, Aug. 22, followed by FunkFest on Friday, Aug. 23. FunkFest is produced in association with Syracuse JAMS, a non-profit arts organization, and takes place as part of the Chevrolet Music Festival
The new World Beat show on Aug. 22 will highlight cultural performances by both local and international acts, including: 5:00 p.m. - International Music DJ; 5:30 p.m. - Cuerda de Viento (Traditional Cuban music); 6:00 p.m. - Karen Don Dancers (Southeast Asian ethnic unity dance); 6:30 p.m. - Upstate NY Cambodian Band (Traditional Cambodian music); 7:45 p.m. - Akuma Roots (Africa-meets-American reggae/funk)
Friday’s FunkFest lineup includes: 12:00 p.m. - DJ Showcase; 12:30 p.m. - Various Track Acts; 2:00 p.m. - Shawn Seals Experience (Neo-funk soul); 3:00 p.m. - The Brownskin Band (Hip soul); 4:00 p.m. - United Praise (Modern gospel); 5:00 p.m. - Ener-G (R&B showband); 6:30 p.m. - The Raydio Show featuring Arnell Carmichael (R&B, pop and funk); 8:00 p.m. - Lakeside featuring Capt. Mark Wood (R&B and funk)
The Raydio Show featuring Arnell Carmichael brings back the biggest soul hits of that band, including “You Can’t Change That” and “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do).” Lakeside featuring Capt. Mark Wood will perform many of their top 10 R&B chart hits, including the band’s biggest single, “Fantastic Voyage.”
All performances on the Experience Stage are sponsored by Chevrolet.
Gospel Music Weekend
Join us the evening of Saturday, August 24 and all day Sunday, August 25 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 and several other groups and choirs will help keep the good news and good music flowing on the Talent Showcase Stage.
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 Juggling Boy
• Sponsored by Gianelli
Each show with Hilby is best described as one without boundaries! While being an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects as well as countless circus and variety skills, 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 performing at both the Sports Activity Center in front of the Toyota Coliseum and near the NYS Lottery Players Pavilion, see schedule to know where and when to find him starting on Monday, August 26.
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. These hidden gems 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 Taste NY 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 Potato Booth Restaurant where you can still get a large white or sweet potato for just $1.00.
Iroquois Indian Village
The Six Nations Agricultural Society Indian Village at the New York State Fair is one of the true landmarks and highlights of the annual 13-day summer event at the State Fair Grounds. Located near Gates 4 and 5, the Village is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Soup House in the Village opens at 6 a.m. daily and serves breakfast, lunch or dinner, offering traditional favorites and daily specials.
Traditional Haudenosaunee social dances will be held daily at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and each Nation will present an individual program at 2 p.m. on their specific day during the last week of the Fair. Visitors can explore exhibits displaying Haudenosaunee arts and crafts, visit vendor booths, watch social dancing and try their hand at the time-honored sport of archery.
The Indian Village is also home to a large wood carving of a Ceremonial Pipe, created by Oneida Chief William Rockwell in 1932, a birch bark canoe, a replica 16th century Longhouse, and much more. Don’t forget to visit the Indian Village history display located in the Grange building.
Six Nations Day, or Indian Day, is Friday, August 30th and it features the thrilling Smoke Dance competition. The 3 p.m. event draws dance competitors from far and wide. Don’t miss the Iroquois Indian Band, which performs on Indian Day as well.
K9s In Flight
• Sponsored by Pettis Pools
K9s in Flight “homeless to high flying” Frisbee Dog Dock and Diving Show has dazzled audiences across America and beyond with their incredible cutting-edge acrobatics. All of their dogs are part of the family and are either rescued or adopted. This show is a high-energy, high flying, fun show the whole family will enjoy! K9s in Flight asks that you support your local and national rescues and animal protection organizations. Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building.
Shows daily at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 6:30pm
Look for both the Kiddleland Midway locations between the main midway and the NY Experience Festival Grounds and also in front of the Expo Center! 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!
Latino Village Weekend
The weekend just got longer, at least when it comes to the Great New York State Fair’s Latino Village Weekend. The annual event, in its third year, will expand to four days and move to a new home in front of the Youth Building. The move will allow organizers to use the Talent Showcase Stage in the evening and create a more compact and convenient experience for fairgoers. The growing celebration of Latino food, music, and culture will take place Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2.
Highlights of the stage performances this year include a return visit from recording artists Grupo Karis and Latino drag queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The schedule is:
- El Potro Doney, 6 p.m. Friday, August 30
- Grupo Karis, 8 p.m. Friday, August 30
- Kevin Tapia, 6 p.m. Saturday, August 31
- Calle Uno, 8 p.m. Saturday, August 31
- CNY Drag Queens, 6 p.m. Sunday, September 1, followed by National Latino Drag Queens at 8 p.m.
- International Youth Talent Show, 5:30 p.m. Monday, September 2
- Trio Los Claveles, 6 p.m. Monday, September 2
- Grupo Pagán, 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 2
The Living Wall
• Sponsored by Mattress Firm
The LIVING WALL creates the spectacular illusion of a live character coming out of the background wall. Standing as a Living Statue, the performer interacts with the you for a great photo opportunity! Located in front of the clock tower at Chevy Court.
Show times daily at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Maritime History Showcase
Visitors will be able to learn about the over 80 New York State lighthouses and lightships via a large interactive kiosk at the "Pathway through our Maritime History: Lighthouse & Lifesaving" exhibit coordinated by New York Sea Grant as part of the new Maritime History Showcase, located next to the pond at the New York Experience. The exhibit opens daily at 10:00am.
The exhibit includes a series of interpretive panels highlighting life as a lighthouse keeper and the role woman played in the lighthouse service, you will see period uniforms and become familiar with the ever changing technology that has kept our shores lite for mariners throughout history. You will experience a boat building demonstration of a cedar kayak, go beneath our waters to lean about shipwrecks, and travel along our coasts to delve into the wars that formed our country. Lifesaving (boat safety) information, as well as remote sensing information via an in-water (pond) remote sensing buoy and underwater drone (ROV) demonstrations by the Great Lakes Research Consortium will occur in the retention pond throughout the fair.
Boat Building Demonstrations daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
In-Water Drone (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Demonstrations daily from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Marshal Manlove The Mindshifter
• Sponsored by Pinnacle Spas
Do you think hypnotism is real? Find out for yourself when professional hypnotist Marshal Manlove mixes comedy with his suggestions every day in The Empire Theater inside the Wegmans Art & Home Center - no shows on Friday, August 23.
Show times daily at 11:00am, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
Be sure to visit the Dairy Cattle Barn's newly renovated milking parlor observation room where almost every day you can watch cows being milked and learn about milk's journey from moo to you! Closed on select days for dairy cattle change overs.
NY BASS Youth Program NY State Fair High School Classic
The NY BASS Youth Program will be holding the 2019 NY State Fair High School Classic Bass fishing tournament, the biggest, most exciting high school bass tournament in the Northeast of the United States.
The tournament will begin on Saturday August 24 at 5:30am at the Onondaga Lake Park Marina and Boat Launch in Liverpool. Tournament and will conclude at 12:30pm. Anglers will then assemble and under police escort, drive over to the New York State Fairgrounds for our weigh in from 1:15-2:30pm at the bank of the NY Experience pond.
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 Eatery 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 the Toyota 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. 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. 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 State Veterinary Medical Society’s Hall of Veterinary Health
The Hall of Veterinary Health is held every day from 10am - 5pm. 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.
Paddle Board Yoga
Yoga. Paddleboards. The Great New York State Fair. Three things that will come together for the very first time at the 2019 Fair, as Standup Paddleboard Yoga (SUP Yoga) joins the Fair’s roster of special events. Mike Calogero, founder of 315 Yoga and a veteran SUP Yoga instructor, will lead the classes on the pond in the State Park at the Fair. Classes take place at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. on each Saturday and Sunday of the Fair. Classes cost $25 (plus 67 cents in fees) and prior signup is required, here.
Each participant will receive a free beach towel and two admission tickets to the Fair, along with a coupon for a free drink at Daniella’s Catering and Events Steakhouse (formerly the Empire Room). Participants must be at least 18 years old and able to swim. A maximum of six people will be in each class. Participants should wear clothing that can get wet. Tickets purchased for SUP Yoga must be printed at home and brought to the Fair to be redeemed for admission and the yoga class. The towel and drink coupon will be provided at the class.
The Van Robinson Pan-African Village
Located between the Center of Progress Building and the Wegmans Art & Home Center, you can come of the Van Robinson 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, sip southern-style lemonade and browse booths filled with ethnic items. Click here to view the full entertainment schedule.
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 first State Fair in the U.S. to host an official Pride Day, the annual all-day event on Friday, August 23 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.
Ride Your Bike Day!
Ride You Bike Day! sponsored by Mello Velo Bicycle Shop. For one day only, Sunday, August 25, 2019, patrons who ride their bicycles to the Fair will receive $1 Fair Admission!
Join in for a free, fun, GROUP RIDE rolling out at 9:00am from the Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park. You will bike along the Western Extension of the Onondaga Lake Trail, through the new Amphitheater, and will end at the Fair Main Gate. The Lake Trail is mostly flat, paved, and suitable for all types of bicycles, and levels of cyclists. This will be a no-drop ride, meaning no cyclist will be left behind. Since the Lake Trail will be open for regular recreation, Group Riders will be expected to respect other park patrons, and ride with care.
All Group Ride participants must sign a waiver and wear helmets - so pre-registration online is encouraged. Day-of registration/check-in will be available starting at 8:00am at the Salt Museum. First 50 Registrants will get a FREE NYS Fair Sweat Towel. Explore alternative transportation, enjoy a day at the Fair, and save on the cost of Admission and Fair Parking -- BIKE THERE!
Rock-It The Robot
• Sponsored by Tractor Supply Company
More than just a costume character, Rock-it is a high-tech body puppet.This nine-foot-tall gentle giant stands head and shoulders above the crowds. Rock-it has a built-in sound system for speech and music and has an animated face with moving eyes, brows and mouth making him all the more lifelike! Look for him strolling around the area near the Youth Building.
Shows daily at 12:30pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
• Sponsored by Sleep Number
The amazing sand sculpture will return to the Sleep Number Center of Progress Building. This year you can watch 180 tons of sand (that’s 360,000 pounds) sculpted into a work of art 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 Sleep Number 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
On each of our special days, be sure to line up at 6pm along our new parade route for our biggest parades yet! See marching bands, local organizations, and attractions themed towards each special day... a special guest Grand Marshal will lead the parade each night. The parade route begins at the end of Broadway across from the NY Experience and goes down Broadway next to the midway, winds around The Eatery, past the State Park and up Chevy Court by the Sleep Number Center of Progress Building!
Pride Day Parade - Friday, August 23
Law Enforcement Day Parade - Monday, August 26
Fire & Rescue Day / Beef Day Parade - Tuesday, August 27
Armed Forces Day / Dairy Day Parade - Thursday, August 29
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 10:00am 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 the exhibit in the Science & Industry Building 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 the Taste NY Market area inside the Horticulture Building, and browse through even more great products.
Taste NY Food Truck Competition
Now TWO days! The 2019 Taste NY Food Truck Competition will be held on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 from 10:00am – 7:00pm. Over 20 different trucks will assemble each day in the competitions new location in the New York Experience area each day and sell $3 samples. Click here to view the food truck participates for each day.
A phone number will be posted for you to text the name of your favorite truck and vote for the People’s Choice winner during the competition.
Trucks will be selling 10 am – 10 pm, but the competition ends at 7pm so make sure to get your votes in before then!
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.
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 30 at the memorial. Join the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all our Veterans.
Wegmans Taste NY Demonstration Kitchen
Plan to be at the Wegmans Taste NY Demonstration Kitchen in the Wegmans 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.
Wolves of the World
“Wolves of the World” is the only traveling pack of wolves in America today! Learn about the workings of the pack. Meet the alpha and the rest of the family - 10 in all. Watch them interact with each other and your host Sharon. Learn about the wolves of Yellowstone Park, and what happened after returning wolves back into the park... it’s amazing! Located in the Times Square area between The Eatery and the Expo Center.
Shows daily at 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, is the theme of Women’s Day at the 2019 Great New York State Fair on Wednesday, August 28. Admission on Women’s Day is $1 for all women. St. Joseph’s Health sponsors Women’s Day.
The day begins with an 11 a.m. program in the Empire Theater of the Wegmans Art & Home Center. The program, called “Celebrating Their 100th Anniversary,” will feature Jacqueline Shellman, State President-Elect of NYS Women, Inc., Candace Edwards of Zonta International, and speakers from the New York State League of Women Voters and the Junior League. Registration and refreshments begin at 10:30 a.m. in the theater. The event is free and open to the public.
The annual Women’s Day luncheon will feature a historical reenactment from Cayuga Community College lecturer Dr. Melinda Grube as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the suffragist who organized the first convention on women’s rights in Seneca Falls in 1848. A ticket is required for the luncheon and can be purchased here until August 15. The luncheon ticket includes admission to the Fair that day.
Also on Women’s Day, a social justice exhibit will be on display in the Art & Home Center and women’s advocacy groups will hold an information fair at the Chevy Court Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers ask women to consider wearing white clothing in support of the suffrage movement.
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... and make sure to play the "Guess the Fiber" game.