State Fair Hound

An independent view of the New York State Fair

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Village Voices

As always, the Pan African Village was the site of stylish musical events at the 2017 New York State Fair.

This singer/guitarist fronted a band that played the stage one afternoon.

This singer/guitarist fronted a band that played the stage one afternoon.

 

John Heard gave drumming lessons to visitors.

John Heard gave drumming lessons to visitors.

Big Times

Layout changes to the New York State Fair over the past two years has opened up space to stage a wide variety of entertainment. The area dubbed Times Square–basically between the animal barns and the midway–has become a prime spot for family acts.

The Waterbark dog act shows off the talent of a bevy of adorable canines.

The Waterbark dog act shows off the talent of a bevy of adorable canines.

An artist known as Arcy is midway through creation of a massive New York-themed mural.

An artist known as Arcy is midway through creation of a massive New York-themed mural.

 

A chainsaw carver chews logs into realistic animal figures.

A chainsaw carver chews logs into realistic animal figures.

 

Farewell Baillee

Baillee never attended the New York State Fair, but she enjoyed playing with toys purchased there.

Baillee never attended the New York State Fair, but she enjoyed playing with toys purchased there. The Hound will miss her.

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–44 Weeks

The expanded midway provided thrills for riders including these on the Tilt-a-Whirl.

The expanded midway provided thrills for riders including these on the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Countdown Photo–45 Weeks

Reported attendance at Chevy Court was down from last year, but is always a popular venue. That's Ted and Amy introducing a show.

Reported attendance at Chevy Court was down from last year, but it’s always a popular venue. That’s Ted and Amy introducing a show.

The Originals

Some Americans are observing Columbus Day this week, recognizing the 15th century explorer credited with “discovering” the continents of the western hemisphere. A growing movement takes another approach, recognizing that the Americas was already inhabited by many civilizations when Columbus landed in the West Indies and his arrival was a precursor to centuries of genocide, brutality and exploitation.

The New York State Fair iv-stage-dance-16honors Native American culture and history, primarily within the Iroquois Village, one of the most popular attractions on the grounds, where descendants of the original inhabitants of New York provide entertainment, traditional food, education and exhibitions to Fairgoers.

The venerable people of the Six Nations, whose Great Law of Peace inspired the United States Constitution, are an indispensable part of the Fair every year. Thus, State Fair Hound salutes the Haudenosaunee people on Indigenous Peoples Day.

 

Countdown Photo–46 Weeks

Many Fair visitors took home a product or two purchased from a demonstrator on the grounds. This pitchwoman sold high-tech mops in the Horticulture Building.

Many Fair visitors took home a product or two purchased from a demonstrator on the grounds. This pitchwoman sold high-tech mops in the Horticulture Building.

Playing For Keeps

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.

This prospect stepped into a throw while trying to smash his way to victory.

This prospect stepped into a throw while trying to smash his way to victory.

A couple of big winners had tote their overstuffed prizes off the midway.

These big winners had to tote their overstuffed prizes off the midway.

 

Dazzling

FIREWORKS OVER GATE 16No doubt, the attendance numbers for the 2016 New York State Fair were stunning, shattering the previous record by over 106,000. It’s ironic, though hardly surprising, to realize that the amazing achievements of this year, starting with the redesign, also presented the toughest challenges and provoked the harshest criticism.

There seems to be plenty of space for 100k-plus throngs to swarm the grounds, that’s not the problem. Clearly, getting everyone in and parked was overwhelming, as traffic jams and park-and-ride hassles proved repeatedly. Then there was the challenge of people navigating the grounds, providing patronage for vendors in all corners, including those who were relocated, sometimes grudgingly.TROY INTERVIEW 16

State Fair Hound will take a stab at coming up with some suggestions, while keeping all criticism constructive. Really, how tough can you be on an entertainment venue for being too successful?

There have predictably and appropriately been numerous news reports, several indicating that Fair planners are already looking forward to improving methods and procedures. Don’t forget, the Fair and Acting Director Troy Waffner in particular, are always appreciative for feedback from the public. Submit yours on the website, nysfair.org.

But before we go any further, thanks and congratulations are in order to the Fair staff. State Fair Hound has seen first hand how hard they work DOMINIC 16and how devoted they are to making this event one of the best of it’s kind in the nation. Over the course of the next year, The Hound will occasionally share photos of those who worked so hard. We start today with Troy, above being interviewed, and with Dominic, who spoke with obvious pride about his role in keeping the Fairgrounds looking great.

Thank you everyone. Great job.

 

 

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