From Poultry to Poetry, Talent to Trees, the Great New York State Fair’s Competitions Give Everyone a Chance to Compete

Online registration has begun for the scores of competitions that take place at the Great New York State Fair, Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.  Last year, more than 4,500 exhibitors submitted more than 22,000 entries to one of 49 competition categories.

“There’s something for everyone in our competitions.  Some of these are as old as the Fair itself and carry forward our state’s proud agricultural heritage.  Others are more modern.  I encourage everyone to check our list of competitions and take part in them,” said Waffner.

Most fairgoers are familiar with the Fair’s animal competitions, from the daily horse shows in the Toyota Coliseum to the judging events involving cattle, goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, and more.  They are also likely to have seen the flower and table setting competitions in the Horticulture Building, or the talent competition on the Fair’s west end stage.  There are also the professional competitions for wines, dairy products, and Christmas trees.

Less well known are the Fair’s competitions in culinary arts, amateur winemaking and fine arts.  The Fair also holds some offbeat competitions, such as the daily rooster crowing contest, the Bucket of Junk competition that challenges contestants to turn a collection of parts into something useful, and the poetry competition, which culminates with a public reading of winning poems.NYS Agriculture and Markets

To learn more about Fair competitions, or to enter, visit

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at