State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

Air Lift

The shameful changes in our nation’s capital make our own governor look better by comparison and fans of the New York State Fair have to cheer his latest proposal to spend another $70 million for upgrades. MEDIAN 16The highlight of his plan is a gondola–the kind used at ski centers, not the kind used in Venice–to allow patrons to soar over streets and parking lots to go from the grounds to the amphitheater and back.

Another big idea is to build a new on-ramp to I-690 from the parking areas. Not only does State Fair Hound endorse these proposals, both were essentially suggested in earlier Hound posts (Bumper to Bumper to Bumper Cars, 9-8-16 and Travel Channel, 9/26/16).

Does the Gov peruse State Fair Hound for ideas? Not likely. Besides that, these aren’t particularly fresh proposals. In fact, then-Director Peter Cappuccilli, Jr. proposed an airborne transportation system for the Fair as far back as 2004. His dream was a bit more grandiose, with a monorail circling the grounds and even extending to off-site stops such as that infamous shopping mall across the lake.

As acts are booked for the second season at the amp, AMP 2 15State Fair Hound pledges this will be the last time (OK, probably the last time) to remind you that this wouldn’t be necessary if the new stage had been built on the Fairgrounds instead of in its current toxic waste bed site.

That aside, Andy’s plan could go a long way toward smoother, less congested traffic flow and we certainly need that. Not to mention, that gondola sounds like a fun ride.

Countdown Photo–31 Weeks

Kerry brings a sense of humor and an outgoing disposition in working Chevy Court crowd control.

Kerry brings a sense of humor and an outgoing disposition in working Chevy Court crowd control.

Countdown Photo–32 Weeks

Handcrafted items in the wool center show off fibers sheared from New York sheep.

Handcrafted items in the wool center show off fibers sheared from New York sheep.

Countdown Photo–33 Weeks

The Youth Building is full of amazing projects exhibited by 4-H kids, like this robotic ball launcher.

The Youth Building is full of amazing projects exhibited by 4-H kids, like this robotic ball launcher.

Bloody Good Time

Maybe your New Year's party can draw inspiration from this  elaborate bloody Mary cocktail, served at the Empire Room at the Fair.

Maybe your New Year’s party can draw inspiration from this elaborate bloody Mary cocktail, served at the Empire Room at the Fair.

Countdown Photo–34 Weeks

The exotic Pan African Village always has rare finds on sale.

The exotic Pan African Village always has rare finds on sale.

Evergreen Scene

The Christmas Tree Growers always deck the Fair with some fine specimens. If yours looks this good, you're doing great.

The Christmas Tree Growers always deck the Fair with some fine specimens. If yours looks as good as these, you’re doing great.

Countdown Photo–35 weeks

If you haven't seen the 4-H mini horse competitions, be sure to go next year.

If you haven’t seen the 4-H mini horse competitions, be sure to go next year.

Countdown Photo–36 Weeks

Will there be changes at Chevy Court for 2017? State Fair Hound will be sniffing out the answer.

Will there be changes at Chevy Court for 2017? State Fair Hound will be sniffing out the answer.

Countdown Photo–37 Weeks

Wave to Daddy!

Wave to Daddy!

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