State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

Countdown Photo–22 Weeks

Nursing piglets are a perennial favorite of livestock fans at the new York State Fair.

Nursing piglets are a perennial favorite of livestock fans at the new York State Fair.

Countdown Photo–23 Weeks

I-690 wasn't the only road that tested drivers at the Fair--Wade's bumper cars were just as tough.

I-690 wasn’t the only road that tested drivers at the Fair. Wade’s bumper cars were just as tough.

Countdown Photo–24 Weeks

Broadway debuted in 2016 as a straight and smooth route for the Fair's parade.

Broadway debuted in 2016 as a straight and smooth route for the Fair’s parade.

Countdown Photo–25 Weeks

The Youth Building is a great place to pick up chicks, as many kids discover every year.

The Youth Building is a great place to pick up chicks, as many kids discover every year.

Turning the Corner

With opening day of the 2017 New York State Fair less than 26 weeks away, brace yourself for the sprint to get ready. The improvements announced recently  will require a lot of work, beginning as soon as spring weather breaks out.

The plan to install a gondola-type lift to allow patrons to soar from the upper parking areas into the grounds is getting the most attention. PKG. LOT TUBA 16But if you are still steaming over the traffic mess that occurred several times last year, the sky ride isn’t the solution. It doesn’t move enough people per hour to make a big difference.

That’s not to say that there hasn’t been a plan announced to improve the situation for those driving in for a day at the Fair. The real good news is the plan to pave the orange lot. Not only will it eliminate the twin demons of mud holes and dust clouds, we’re told it will be lined to allow for maximum capacity. Plus the loss of several hundred parking space in wet weather a due to ponding in the lot will be a bad memory.

The best way to reduce congestion on the highways is to get cars into lots as quickly as possible and a newly-paved lot with defined spaces will help immensely.

It’s not enough to solve all of the traffic problems, but it’s a start.

 

Countdown Photo–26 Weeks

Peter Noone's charisma and the memories evoked by those classic oldies has made Herman's Hermits a crowd favorite.

Peter Noone’s charisma and the memories evoked by those classic oldies have made Herman’s Hermits a crowd favorite.

Countdown Photo–27 Weeks

It's not the Fair without the clickety-clack of the taffy-making machine and those sight of those brightly-wrapped nuggets.

It’s not the Fair without the clickety-clack of the taffy-making machine and those sight of those brightly-wrapped nuggets.

Countdown Photo–28 Weeks

This young lady poses in the Horses of the World tent. State Fair Hound would love to see that exhibit get a permanent home, perhaps in the planned equine area.

This young lady poses in the Horses of the World tent. State Fair Hound would love to see that exhibit get a permanent home, perhaps in the planned equine area.

Countdown Photo–29 Weeks

The State Fair History exhibit never gets old (pun intended).

The State Fair History exhibit never gets old (pun intended).

Countdown Photo–30 Weeks

A mini car show featured this vintage Beetle.

A mini car show featured this vintage Beetle.

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