Governor David A. Paterson today opened the 164th Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, the oldest event of its kind in the country. The Fair features more than 375 acres of exhibits, rides, food and entertainment over a 12-day period from August 26th through Labor Day, Monday, September 6th.
"The Great New York State Fair is conveniently located at the crossroads of Upstate New York, and is a fun, safe and affordable family experience that is close to home for many New Yorkers," Governor Paterson said. "The State Fair brings together New Yorkers from across the State to share and experience so much of what we have to offer, including New York's finest attractions and achievements in technology, tourism, agriculture, the arts and the environment. I'd like to congratulate those who are exhibiting this year and welcome the more than one million New Yorkers who will visit the Fair between opening day and Labor Day."
Following the opening ceremonies, the Governor visited many State Fair exhibits, including the Pan African Village, the 9-11 Memorial and the State Police demonstration. He also stopped by Syracuse's famous Dinosaur BBQ for a sausage sandwich. In addition, the Governor made his way through the Horticulture Building, the Dairy Products Building, and stopped at the newly renovated International Building that features the new New York Wine Bar and Brew Pub and offers dozens of New York wines and beer. The Governor's last stop of the day was Chevy Court, where he introduced the musical group En Vogue.
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said: "While the Witter Agricultural Museum happens to be my favorite, there really is 'so much more outside your door' at the New York State Fair. From the educational exhibits to the entertaining acts to the assortment of fair food, we have worked hard to make the Fair an enjoyable destination for everyone. We are also very pleased with the improvements we have been able to make that not only enhance the presence of New York food and agricultural products, but also the physical improvements to buildings and infrastructure that will help preserve this historic annual event that attracts so many."
The theme for the 164th New York State Fair is "So much more outside your door!" highlighting the wide variety of attractions, exhibits and entertainment, and showcasing all things New York, including locally grown food, helpful government services and successful commercial enterprises. This year, the Fair will display over 40,000 agricultural exhibits, as well as 24 free national acts at Chevy Court in addition to an impressive lineup at the Grandstand.
Local foods continue to expand at the Fair, with the addition of the Buffalo's famous Anchor Bar wings, a genuine Rochester garbage plate and lamb spiedies from Lupo's in Endicott added to the menus at the New York Grill and New York Café. There are also more places to sit and enjoy New York products with two new environmentally friendly patio areas on either side of Chevy Court that feature permeable pavers and rain gardens designed to divert rooftop rain water.
For more information about the Great New York State Fair, or for directions, ticket information, concert line-ups and more, visit the New York State Fair website at www.nysfair.org.