Department of Agriculture & Markets

    

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

June 06, 2014

New York State Fair Named One of America’s Top State Fairs by Yahoo! Travel

Announcement Comes on the Heels of the Fair’s Ranking as the Best State Fair in the U.S. by Hopper.com

Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner today announced that the New York State Fair has been named one of America’s top state fairs by Yahoo! Travel.  This news comes just a couple weeks after Hopper.com ranked the Fair as the number one State Fair in the United States.

“The Fair has a lot of excitement this year with new exhibits, great concerts featuring international superstars, and a huge focus on New York agriculture,” said Waffner.  “Momentum is clearly on our side and as evidenced by these recent reports, people are taking notice.”

In an independent survey conducted at the conclusion of the 2013 Fair, fairgoers cited food as the number one reason for visiting every year.  Last year, the Fair introduced Taste NY Wine and Cheese seminars and also a competition as a way to engage fairgoers and educate them about the various wines and cheeses that are made here in New York State. Like much of the food and drinks at the Fair, they were a big hit and the report by Yahoo! Travel cites these seminars as the “Best Thing To Stuff Your Face With” for 2014.  These seminars will return this year twice a day in the Horticulture Building, as will the Taste NY Wine and Cheese Competition.

“In the coming weeks, we will announce even more entertainment, new exhibits and showcase what’s happening with agriculture at the Fair this year,” said Waffner.  “Excitement is building and we’re working very hard to put on a great show for nearly a million people in 2014.” 

View the report by Yahoo! Travel, which cites the Great New York State Fair as one of America’s Top State Fairs:

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/dont-forget-your-defibrillator-americas-top-state-87807377602.html

View the report by Hopper.com, which ranked the Great New York State Fair as one of the Best State Fair in the United States:

http://www.hopper.com/articles/69/the-ten-best-state-fairs-in-the-united-states

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 Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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.  This year’s tagline – “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” – highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

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