Month: September 2016 (Page 1 of 3)
About a month after opening day, there’s still plenty of buzz about the massive changes unveiled at the New York State Fair. State Fair Hound has been talking to readers and friends and the expanded and modernized midway area gets high grades for the wide walkways, more rides and updated amenities. It also garnered criticism from patrons who found the longer walks daunting, especially since there was too little shade available, not enough seating and a perceived loss of charm and character as demolished stands were replaced with tents.
Keeping in mind that the Fair is far from finished making changes, this is the time to start brainstorming ideas for improvements. The Hound starts today looking at ways to traverse the wider open spaces.
For fans covering a greater distance between attractions–and that’s a lot of folks—additional transportation is the obvious answer and there don’t seem to be a lot of choices. Acting Director Troy Waffner told The Hound that more use of trams is under consideration, so that’s one idea. They would need to be free and quick to board and exit. Smaller vehicles (Remember those trolleys they used to have running around downtown Syracuse?)would be great for quick, relatively short trips up and down Broadway. Yeah, they cost money, so maybe they can be a contracted service from some limo company.
The western end, down toward the 4H riding rings, the Talent Showcase and the racing stables, was a largely open area this year that’s destined for more attractions next time around. With more visitors likely heading there, this will be a growing concern. The dream solution is installation of a monorail system, such as the one used at Disney World. The astronomical expense of doing that means it must remain a dream, certainly for now.
In spite of State Fair Hound’s previously-expressed reservations about the use of wild animals for performances, there’s no denying the popularity of the Sea Lion Splash among Fairgoers. The charismatic mammals have become a perennial favorite, drawing crowds of fans to their pool to see them swim, strut and bark for fish. They’re plenty photogenic, too.
Some thrill seekers must have been disappointed on Labor Day at the New York State Fair as several rides were closed, at least for part of the day. When The Hound was on the midway, the Stampede, the Hang Glider and the Pirate weren’t running. To make matters worse, that day all rides were just a buck. It’s not such a bargain when you can’t get dizzy on the machine of your choice.
Patrons have a right to expect Wade Shows to make all of the rides available when they’re touting Labor Day as Dollar Day, enticing fans to hit the midway in large numbers.
As State Fair Hound continues to review and critique the 2016 New York State Fair, we launch a new feature, counting down to Aug. 24, 2017, opening day of next year’s Fair. Each week The Hound will publish a photo from the hundreds of pics shot this year as we march toward another landmark event.
Today’s shot was taken on opening day as one famous food vendor put the finishing touches on its stand.
The neon glitz and glamour of the expanded midway at the New York State Fair was offset by the mostly vacant space in the grounds’ wild west. It was a new and somewhat startling nighttime dichotomy–bigger and brighter with more rides than ever before bordering on a dark, open space.
State Fair Hound will keep on top of coming changes in that area and all around the Fairgrounds for 2017 with stories and photos all year.
When the 2016 New York State Fair wrapped up on Labor Day, many contributors went home with ribbons won in a wide variety of competitions over the course of the 12 days. Categories included culinary arts, livestock of many types, fine arts, agricultural pursuits from honey to Christmas tree to roses, and crafts such as those pictured above.
No doubt some of the competitors are already planning their entries for 2017.
With so much focus on what was new at the 2016 New York State Fair, there probably wasn’t enough praise for traditional favorites. Once again this year, the Horticulture Building proved that it’s not only a glorious, historic structure, it also houses displays of beauty and excellence as well as vendors stocked with New York’s finest products.
While the potato booth was in a new spot, the maple and honey exhibits were changed and the Fair’s first kosher food stand moved in, the Hort remains an anchor of the grounds and a reliable top performers when it comes to flowers and vegetable shows, educational displays on products grown and produced in the Empire State and unusual spots for dining or relaxing.
Wade Shows didn’t give us a count of how many games of chance set up on the expanded midway, but there did seem to be more–with one exception. State Fair Hound didn’t see any I Got It tents.
Otherwise there were plenty of chances to win at the 2016 New York State Fair.
If you can’t go a week without visiting the New York State Fairgrounds, you don’t have to. There are horses shows continuing into fall, showcasing as variety of breeds in various events featuring both adults and youth. This weekend it’s pintos, followed later by Morgans, quarter horses and others in the Coliseum and further down in the outdoor show ring.
One of the Restaurant Row stands often opens to serve horse owners and fans, so you may be able to feed your fair food appetite while you’re there. Details are listed on the Fair website.