State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

Western Skyscraper

Progress continues on the new event center at the New York State Fair. EC ENDCompletion is expected by opening day, though the area will still be under construction during the Syracuse Nationals in July.

 

If you’re wondering about the exact location of the new building, it’s going up at the western end of the grounds, near the Youth Building and the Talent Showcase stage, just past the sheep barn. EC POLESRiding the Broadway Skyliner to its western terminus would be the most fun way to get there.

Countdown Photo–18 Weeks

A touching moment in the cattle barn reminds State Fair visitors that dairy products start with animals who have personalities and feelings.

A touching moment in the cattle barn reminds State Fair visitors that dairy products start with animals who have personalities and feelings.

Countdown Photo–19 Weeks

The musical instrument museum on the Art and Home Center second floor features beautiful antique phonographs, pianos. organs and posters in a dandy, free exhibit.

The musical instrument museum on the Art and Home Center second floor features beautiful
antique phonographs, pianos, organs and posters in a dandy, free exhibit.

Start the Countdown

With 20 weeks to go to opening day of the 2018 New York State Fair, State Fair Hound starts the weekly countdown of photos from last year.

Dive into your pre-Fair planning by getting an early look at scheduled events, checking your calendar and budgeting some cash to spend during that magical baker's dozen of summer days.

Dive into your pre-Fair planning by getting an early look at scheduled events, checking your calendar and budgeting some cash to spend during that magical baker’s dozen of summer days.

Community Asset

Central New Yorkers are really lucky to have the New York State Fairgrounds in our area.

Central New Yorkers are really lucky to have the New York State Fairgrounds in our area. Not only are we at the front door of one of the nation’s premiere annual events, but the century-old buildings and adjoining infrastructure host agricultural events, trade shows, parties, theater and music year round. July’s Syracuse Nationals would be the biggest event of the year in most communities. Here it’s merely a precursor to the Great New York State Fair, opening Aug. 22 this year. Check the website for the schedule between now and then.

Courting Diversity

The Chevy Court acts announced so far point to the 2018 New York State Fair putting a premium on diversity in its concert lineup. With five musical acts and one rapper booked, a variety of styles, ages and cultures are represented and that’s just how it should be done.

An evening in 2017 at Chevy Court.

An evening in 2017 at Chevy Court.

The usual variety of lunkheads have weighed in, responding to related articles on our local daily paper’s website, displaying both their ignorance and intolerance.

Here’ a hint: if you don’t know the performer, maybe he/she/they don’t fit your taste. If the only comment you can make is sarcastic and critical, apparently this act isn’t one you’ll enjoy. Either way, watch for shows you want to see and go to the Fair on those days.

On days when the act isn’t what you enjoy, don’t go. But recognize that someone else may enjoy them and accept the fact that diversity is both fair-minded and good business.

 

Framing the Future

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The skeleton of the new expo center is in place on the Fairgrounds, heading toward its debut next summer.

Snow before Shows

A winter weekend visit to the new York State Fairgrounds revealed snowy, deserted Chevrolet Court. In just over six months, sun-warmed benches and passionate fans will fill this space.

A winter weekend visit to the new York State Fairgrounds revealed a snowy, deserted Chevrolet Court. In just over six months, sun-warmed benches and passionate fans will fill this space twice daily to cheer on performances. Picturing a green, noisy, tree-shaded Chevy Court starts the anticipation of opening day.  

200 To Go

There are now 200 days to the opening of the 2018 New York State Fair. Snow still coats the Chevy Court turf, bone-chilling winds whip down the midway and there’s an icy coating on the posts that await the second running of the Broadway Sky Liner, SL POSTS 17but it’s encouraging to mark a turning point as we head toward 13 exhilarating days of Empire State fun.

The Fair celebrated the occasion by announcing a second act for the upcoming concert season, soul great Smokey Robinson. The falsetto master will play the evening of Aug. 27, following that day’s afternoon performance of Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits, returning as a perennial Chevy Court favorite.  HERMITS 17

 

Here’s another sure sign that the season is approaching–State Fair Hound is gently pressing the throttle, looking forward to our sixth Fair. The coming days will feature new posts, photos and commentary, gradually picking up the pace as melting snow gives way to warmer days and increasing anticipation of Aug. 22, now 200 days away.

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If you're wondering what the perfect Christmas tree looks like, New York State tree growers chose this beauty at last year's State Fair.

If you’re wondering what the perfect Christmas tree looks like, New York State tree growers chose this beauty at last year’s State Fair.

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