State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

Category: Livestock news (Page 1 of 2)

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.

LANDING OWL 16

HORSE IN HARNESS CLOSE 16

FACE RUB 16

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.

Barn Dolls

Last year’s Equine Avenue has been replaced by this year’s World of Horses and the white ten has moved to the roadway between gates three and four, across from the basketball court.

PETTING ACE 16It’s still all about horses, with educational displays, demonstrations and, best of all, a chance to pat and pet the friendly animals inside, like Ace, a Percheron gelding shown here.

A new building dedicated to equine events is due for next year and State Fair Hound would love to see the World of Horses get a larger, better-equipped permanent location as part of the upgrade. The exhibit’s popularity with visitors merits first-class treatment.

 

Fowl Play

The din has returned to the Poultry Barn after an eerie, aviary quiet last Fair with birds banned to prevent disease transmission. POULTRY FROM LOFT 14The roosters are crowing, chickens clucking and ducks quacking again and it’s a joyful noise to be sure.

If you climb the stairs to the building’s second level you get to see more colorful fowl and to get a—you guessed it—bird’s-eye view of the feathered frenzy below.

For those who prefer their fowl in the wild, a few ducks were seen floating peacefully in the man-made pond near the racing stables. That area, not yet ready for visitors, will become the New York Experience next year.

“Right now, the reason it’s closed off is they’re putting in six inches of topsoil, Acting Director Troy Waffner explained. POND 16“Then they’re going to grass it. It won’t be done in time for this year. We’re still looking at how to program this for 2017. At the end of the day, it’s going to wind up being a festival grounds of one sort or another. We’re looking at the racing stables and making some kind of vendor space back there because the horses aren’t really in the front stables anymore, they’re in the back. So we’re taking the front stables and turning them into some sort of vendor space. We have a year to work on it.”

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