With New York State Fair 2017 in the history book, State Fair Hound has some great memories to share.
Standing near the Chevy Court stage with a cold New York draft beer in hand, basking in an explosive 15-minute fireworks spectacle, was a great way to cap off Labor Day and a record-smashing New York State Fair. The warm glow of the main gate was the perfect backdrop, as seen in this photo from Nick LoPresti. Meanwhile there were still thousands of people swarming the grounds for one last spin on a midway ride or a final taste of glorious Fair chow.
The final count came in at just shy of 1,162,000. In case you missed it, if you held onto some $6 advance-sale tickets, instead paying just a buck on those impromptu special-price days, you can use those tickets next year–quite a bonus.
More review, analysis and commentary coming up over the next few days from State Fair Hound.
Today State Fair Hound introduces its new header photo, cropped from a shot taken on Labor Day, 2016 by Hound photographer Nick LoPresti. The previous header featured the most beautiful ride ever on our midway, Strates Shows’ wave swinger, also seen through Nick’s lens. Alas, Wades Shows doesn’t have a wave swinger, so photos will have to sustain us from here on out.
Those of us who have attended many New York State Fairs love renewing acquaintances with people we’ve seen working there year after year. At the same time we miss some fair regulars who are no longer there, for one reason or another.
Last year we posted tributes to antiques tool guru Nick Nichols, who cut back his touring schedule, excluding the Fair, and broom crafter Walt Thomas, who passed away, leaving his corner of the Agricultural Museum vacant.
We still miss the melodious voice and gracious manner of Bob Gibbons, longtime Fair announcer, and vendor Bob Hamley, who peddled roses, lemonade and popcorn at the back of the Chevy Court area for years.
This year, thick-cut pizza lovers will miss the Anna’s stand, which now joins such popular businesses as Buck’n’Bum, Xristou’s, Boom Boom, Paisano’s and the dog tag maker guy in the lore of State Fairs past. We also miss the presence of the James E. Strates Shows centerpiece ride, the Wave Swinger with its art deco styling and rotating light pattern.
No doubt you have your own memories of Fair people who were significant in your experiences. While no individual or business is indispensable to operation of the Fair, each has made a contribution to what it is now and for that we’re grateful.