Department of Agriculture & Markets

Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752,
Dave Bullard, 315-487-7711 x 1377,

April 29, 2014

Spas, Pools, and Barbecues Available at the New York State Fairgrounds This Weekend

Arabian Horse Show, Alpaca Show Also on the Schedule

Acting New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner today announced the following events running from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

Get summer started in style at the Spa, Pool, and Barbecue Show at the Center of Progress Building beginning Friday.  Many home spas, swim spas, pools, and barbecue islands will be available, along with saunas and patio furniture.  The organizer offers 12 months’ interest free financing to qualified buyers and warranties, delivery, and installation are available.  The show runs from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is free.  More information is available at

The season for Arabian horse competitions begins this weekend at the Fairgrounds with the Empire State Arabian Horse Association’s All Arabian Spring Show at the Toyota Coliseum.  Along with the usual Halter, English, and Western competition classes, there will be new competitions this year in Western Dressage.  The show begins at 8:00 a.m. each day from Friday to Sunday.  Admission is free.  More information is available at

Visitors to the Northeast Alpaca Expo in the Poultry Building will get a closer look at the show than ever before.  That’s because a new wireless camera will show to visitors on a large-screen TV what the judges are seeing.  The show begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.  More information is available at

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

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, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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