Since 1841 there has been a New York State Fair traveling among 11 different cities—Albany, Auburn, Buffalo, Elmira, New York City, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown. It wasn’t until 1889 that a 100 acre tract of land was donated to what would become one of the largest and oldest fairs in the country. During World War II 1942 – 1947 the site became a military base, and fair activities were on hiatus. Today the New York State Fairgrounds is a 375 acre complex hosting 500 events through the year. Nothing comes close to the 2014 New York State Fair, Summer’s Best in Show.
“Agriculture is New York State’s largest industry and it has been the foundation of the New York State Fair since its creation. Each year the Fair receives approximately 40,000 entries for agriculture-related contests including competitions that feature 11,000 of New York’s best cows, horses, goats, pigs, llamas, sheep, fowl and rabbits.” -New York State Fair history.
There are new attractions along with lifelong favorites ; Aug. 23 and 24 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, The Gospel Legends and other groups will help keep the music flowing all weekend long.
Iroquois Indian Village – Celebrate the culture and heritage of the original New Yorkers at the Iroquois Indian Village. Every day experience the traditional music, dance, crafts and customs of the Iroquois. This section of the Fairgrounds has been dedicated to Six Nations programs since 1928.
Pan-African Village- Located between the Center of Progress Building and the Art and Home Center, Pan African Village , experience the essence of the African Diaspora 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. This is an Economic Development project coordinated by the NAACP and local vendors.
Potato Booth- A steaming $1.00 baked potato with your favorite topping is still the best deal in the fair the Potato Booth’s located in the Horticulture Building.
Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Located in front of the Horticulture Building, the Veterans Memorial opening at the 1999 Fair. There’s 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 11 terrorist attacks.
Midway Rides by Wade Shows, Inc. Fans of amusement rides should prepare for an exciting time at the 2014 Great New York State Fair, as plans are taking shape for the all new Wade Shows Midway. Wade Shows will offer free rides from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on opening day, August 21.
The Midway will offer ride-all-day wristbands every day of the Fair. Previously, all-day wristbands were only available on some weekdays. Advance sale wristbands priced at $20 provide a $5 savings over regular weekday prices and $10 over weekend prices. Fairgoers who plan to spend four days or more at the Midway can save even more by buying the $70 Mega Pass, which is good every day of the Fair.
“We’ve been hard at work planning the greatest midway in the long history of the New York State Fair. Preparations are well underway and I think the people of New York will be amazed by what they see. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned,” said Frank Zaitshik, owner of Wade Shows.
Wade Shows will bring at least 63 rides to the Fair, including five of the most exciting rides, called “super-spectacular” rides. Among the rides:
Mega Drop, the world’s largest portable drop tower
The Crazy Mouse roller coaster, which adds a spinning seat to the thrills of going up and down the coaster rails.
The Enterprise, a spinning, tilting kind of Ferris wheel that falls into the super-spectacular category and which will mark a return of the ride to the Fair.
Two Kiddielands, one of which will include Wade’s newest ride for younger thrillseekers, Charlie Copter.
Wade also promises a beautified Midway, and will provide more landscaping than ever to the area. There will be more shaded seating, and misting stations to help people cool off on the hottest days.