State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

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Wild and Wooly

You know it’s autumn when alpacas invade the New York State Fairgrounds. The cuddly mammals will fill the exhibit center from Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission and parking are free for a program filled with judging events, vendors, exhibits and a photo contest. 3 ALPACAS 16These remarkable creature, native to the Andes Mountains of South America will inhabit dozens of pens, sometimes with reach of visitors, although they are notoriously shy, often avoiding people intent on giving them a pat.

As fall winds bring cool weather, it may be a good idea to pick up some gloves, hats, socks, and sweaters knitted from alpaca fur, as warm and soft as any wool you will find.

 

 

Goat For Broke

Cows aren’t the only animals milked at the New York State Fair. Dairy goats have their own spot in the livestock barn they share with pigs and llamas. GOAT MILKING 17Goats are milked in a glass enclosure with signage to educate the public on the industry and products.

These guys are darn cute too. It’s fun to see them standing on hind legs to peer out from their pens or munching their feed.

If you’re feeling daring, you probably can get away GOAT CLOSE 17with petting a head or two. Judging takes place in neighboring pens.

Countdown Photo–6 Weeks

The first few days of the Fair features llamas in the goat and swine barn.

The first few days of the Fair features llamas guest starring in the goat and swine barn.

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–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.

Countdown Photo–35 weeks

If you haven't seen the 4-H mini horse competitions, be sure to go next year.

If you haven’t seen the 4-H mini horse competitions, be sure to go next year.

Seasonal Stables Mates

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Fairgrounds in autumn.

The handsome Gatsby competed this past weekend in the Stepping Stone Horse Show. Check the Fair website for more horse shows coming up.

The handsome Gatsby competed this past weekend in the Stepping Stone Horse Show. Check the Fair website for more horse shows coming up.

 

The Empire Alpaca Extravaganza runs Friday through Sunday. It's free to attend and a chance for a close-up look at the fascinating South American beasts.

The Empire Alpaca Extravaganza runs Friday through Sunday. It’s free to attend and a chance for a close-up look at the fascinating South American beasts.

 

Mane Gait

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. horse-show-aug-16This 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.

Fortunately, you can get there without the ordeal of a traffic jam, horses-in-col-16driving right onto the grounds where you can park and attend for free, so saddle up and head out.

Creature Feature

Aside from the food, there’s probably nothing more popular at the Fair than the animals.

State Fair Hound photographer Nick LoPresti snapped these lovely creatures on his travels around the grounds.

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HORSE IN HARNESS CLOSE 16

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Longhorns and Short Horses

Without barns filled with livestock, it wouldn’t be the New York State Fair. Farm animals are a living foundation and traditional fan favorite. Those who want to see all species on display will have toBEEFER SHOW 16 make a special trip to the western end of the grounds to tour the Beef Cattle barn.

The spacious pole barn was built more recently than most other barn to house hundreds of steers. They’re bigger and scarier than the more familiar dairy cattle and you certainly aren’t likely to reach over to scratch their heads. Still, it’s worth a trip past Talent Showcase and the Cow Birthing tent to meet these bulky bovines, though you may not want a burger after looking into their soulful eyes.

Nearby, the 4-H kids test their equine skills at an outdoor ring. MINI PULLING 16Horse play is always entertaining at the Fair, but these hardworking boys and girls  make it inspiring as well. Friday and Saturday featured competitions for adorable miniature horses, including pulling carts and jumping bars.

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