Albany, NY (June 26, 2014)
Date and Time Details Now Available On www.data.ny.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that information on nearly four dozen county fairs as well as a number of youth fairs is now available on the state’s open data website, located at www.data.ny.gov. County Fairs operate from early July through early September across New York State and present visitors with an opportunity to learn about local agriculture. They also provide countless recreational opportunities and economic benefits to local regions, from amusement park rides to games to agricultural competitions involving local farmers and small business owners.
“County fairs are a valuable tradition for communities across New York State, offering visitors a chance to experience local agriculture and entertainment while also providing a boost to regional economies,” Governor Cuomo said. “The State’s open data website is a great resource for New Yorkers to learn more about upcoming fairs in their area, and by highlighting these events we are helping to raise the profile of local vendors. I encourage all New Yorkers to visit a fair near them this summer, and see more of what our farmers and agricultural producers have to offer.”
New York’s open data website is a great resource for New Yorkers to find out when their local fair is happening and where it’s taking place. County fairs are an important part of New York tourism and I encourage all New Yorkers to visit a local agricultural fair this summer.”
Fairs take place in all ten of New York’s economic development regions, providing unique educational experiences for fairgoers in communities across the State. County fairs also have significant economic impacts, creating jobs and generating millions of dollars in economic revenue.
A listing of County Fairs across New York State can be found here.
A map of county fair locations across New York State can be found here.
A calendar for county fairs across New York State can be found here.
“I’m a huge fan of county fairs and like millions of New Yorkers, I’ve been taking my family to our own local fair for many years,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “County fairs are an important agricultural and family tradition, and with the help of the state’s open data website it’s now easier than ever for New Yorkers to enjoy agritourism this summer.”
The current state budget provides $500,000 in reimbursements for agricultural competitions at county fairs across the state through the Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Department also operates The Great New York State Fair, located in Syracuse. This year’s Fair takes place from August 21 through September 1. The first Friday of the Fair, in line with tradition, will be designated “Law Enforcement Day.” However, this year, Friday, August 22 will also be a designated “County Fair Day.” County Fair managers and board members from all agricultural fairs from across the state will be invited to come enjoy a day at the State Fair, get a behind the scenes tour of the fairgrounds and Midway, and enjoy a couple short presentations on agriculture at the State Fair.
The State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ staff of veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians work at each county fair and the State Fair to examine animals for exhibition, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas. This helps to ensure that livestock return home just as healthy as when they left. Department staff also checks paperwork on all the animals to be sure that each has had a previous veterinary examination and that the necessary tests and vaccinations to qualify for exhibition were completed. Without the assurance that there are protections in place, owners of valuable livestock would not bring their best animals to exhibit, depriving the farm community and public of this lively competition for the prize of Grand Champion.