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Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752, Joe.Morrissey@agriculture.ny.gov
Dave Bullard, 315-487-7711 x 1377, Dave.Bullard@agriculture.ny.gov

August 19, 2013

Fall in ‘Love’ with Usta’s Smashzone Tennis Event at The State Fair

Free, Kid-Friendly Event Gives Young People Hands-on Introduction to Tennis

Young people can get a hands-on introduction to the game of tennis at this year’s New York State Fair.  New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) will bring its SmashZone Mobile Tour to the Fair for four days, from Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 1 at the State Fair Infield Amusement Area.

At SmashZone, children have the opportunity to play tennis games in a fun, festive atmosphere that allows participants to get active playing tennis from the start.  SmashZone features three smaller tennis courts and one larger court, as well as a trailer filled with many interactive exhibits.  The event is free.

“We’re very excited to bring SmashZone to the Fair this year.  It’s important for kids to be healthy.  Eating healthy foods grown by New York farmers is part of the plan, and staying active is the other part.  Tennis is one of the sports you can play throughout your life.  It’s a great message to provide to our young people this year,” said Commissioner Aubertine.

"The SmashZone Mobile Tour is a great platform to bring tennis to the masses through an interactive experience," said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis.  "It provides an opportunity for kids to try tennis for the first time, allowing them to experience the fun and excitement that comes with playing the game."

SmashZone Mobile includes a 53-foot trailer, which anchors four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play. Courts will feature games such as Xerox Rally Court, racquet drills and activities, as well as a Target Challenge. The trailer itself, which is handicap accessible, will feature activities for visitors that will include a Tennis Magazine Green Screen Cover Shoot, Wii Tennis and Touch Screen Kiosks. SmashZone Mobile is a complement to the USTA’s successful youth participation initiative, 10 and Under Tennis.

10 and Under Tennis is an ongoing effort to encourage young people to get active by playing tennis. The initiative uses modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s age and ability. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.

The SmashZone is located in the Infield Amusement Area.  The entrance to the infield closest to the SmashZone can be found at the end of the Midway.  The Fair’s Tram service also runs to the area.

The New York State Fair runs from August 22 – September 2, 2013.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.”  Advance sale tickets that save 40% off the cost of admission are available statewide.  Visit for http://www.nysfair.org/buy-tickets/advance-sale-tickets for a full list of locations.  Tickets for all Grandstand shows remain available from the Fair Box Office or from the Fair’s only official online ticket seller, etix.com.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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