State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

Lake Boo

Recent news reports provide the proverbial good news and bad news as regards use of the mistake-by-the-lake amphitheater during the 2017 New York State Fair.

Earlier plans had pointed toward completion of the paving of the so-called orange lot in time for this year’s opening day, but that’s not happening. AMP BOX OFFICE 15New blacktop should be lined and ready for the 2018 Fair, but for this year it’s the same old dusty surface we’ve come to love. That change should help improve conditions for everyone parking there, though it’s merely a small step toward real relief.

It appears that Fair patrons will be sharing that lot with amphitheater concert fans exactly twice, Aug. 25 and Aug. 26. Thus there are two consecutive evenings that will likely be more painful than usual to make the drive in for the Fair. That’s half as many as last year, but still two too many, especially since The Hound hasn’t heard anything in the way of planning that should mitigate the traffic jams and parking headaches that occurred last year.

Undaunted, the County Exec has demonstrated a sense of humor about the situation. The Post-Standard quoted her as saying that “When we’re done, we will be the most easily accessed (Amphitheater)” in the state. That kind of recklessly grandiose prediction suggests that Joanie is following the lead of the king of boastful BS, the arrogant sleezeball who has promised to make America great again.

Since this website is about the New York State Fair, let’s just breathe a sigh of relief that only two of our upcoming 13 days will be bring the frustration and challenges of dueling venues. It’s something to keep in mind when planning your visit.

 

 

 

Countdown Photo–9 weeks

Buggies are lined up in preparation for competition in the Coliseum.

Buggies are lined up in preparation for competition in the Coliseum.

Countdown Photo–10 Weeks

This gazebo is in the courtyard accessible from the Horticulture Building.

This gazebo is in the courtyard accessible from the Horticulture Building.

Countdown Photo–11 Weeks

The DEC fish tanks, located in the colonnade, attract wildlife fans of all ages.

The DEC fish tanks, located in the colonnade, attract wildlife fans of all ages.

Countdown Photo–12 Weeks

The sun setting over the midway creates some gorgeous sights.

The sun setting over the midway creates some gorgeous sights.

Countdown Photo–13 Weeks

You could get a spectacular view of the Fairgrounds from the DEC fire tower. Unfortunately, people aren't allowed to make the climb, probably due to safety concerns.

You could get a spectacular view of the Fairgrounds from the DEC fire tower. Unfortunately, people aren’t allowed to make the climb, probably due to safety concerns.

Three-Month Bustle

With about three months to go to New York State Fair opening day 2017, work continues at several spots on the grounds. Here are some sights from a recent visit.

The State Police exhibit is moving to a new location behind the Horticulture Building.

The State Police exhibit is moving to a new location behind the Horticulture Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grass is growing on the RV park, fulfilling a promise to replace the gravel ground cover.

Grass is growing on the RV park, fulfilling a promise to replace the gravel ground cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classy brick sidewalks will lead to the entrances to the Art and Home Center.

Classy brick sidewalks will lead to the entrances to the Art and Home Center.

 

Countdown Photo–14 Weeks

You'll see the friendly and jovial Dennis at the Sports Activity Center.

You’ll see the friendly and jovial Dennis at the Sports Activity Center.

Countdown Photo–15 Weeks

Changes are coming to the popular milk bar. This is how it looked in 2016.

Changes are coming to the popular milk bar. This is how it looked in 2016.

Countdown Photo–16 Weeks

There's never any shortage of available headwear for fans of horse shows or country music at the New York State Fair.

There’s never any shortage of available headwear for fans of horse shows or country music at the New York State Fair.

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