Opens New York State Fair
Governor David A. Paterson has 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.”