Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

August 17, 2007

The New York State Fair to Open August 23

Governor's Day Wednesday, August 29 to Focus on Agriculture and Childrenís Health

The 161st New York State Fair will be opening in six days.  The New York State Fair takes place in Syracuse and runs Thursday, August 23 through Monday, September 3, 2007.

              Governor's Day at the State Fair will be Wednesday, August 29, 2007.  Wednesday has also been traditionally recognized as Womenís Day at the State Fair. While at the Fair, the Governor will be joined by State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker, visiting the Fairís many agricultural exhibits, including the Horticulture Building, the annual butter sculpture and many of the animal exhibits.  In addition, the Governor will be promoting the importance of childrenís health with State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines. 

The New York State Fair serves as a showcase of all things great in New York State," said Governor Eliot Spitzer.  "From the cattle and agricultural exhibits to the abundance of food and entertainment to the innumerable services and programs offered during the twelve days of the fair, there is truly something for everyone."

State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said "The animal barns and agriculture exhibits are, of course, my favorite parts of the Great New York State Fair. These venues provide the million visitors to the Fair the opportunity to see the finest animals and best crops in New York State, helping link the general public with our illustrious agriculture heritage. This yearís Fair will feature numerous agriculture exhibits in addition to a wide array of other fun and educational exhibits for the whole family."

State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines said, "The State Fair is a great event to celebrate our agricultural industry and children's health. From our farmers come the fresh foods that are so essential to our children's health. We hope parents without health insurance for their children will stop by the Center for Progress to learn whether they qualify for the state's Child Health Plus program. It's a great insurance program for kids. Visit the Hall of Health, too -- we have interactive games for children and parents and lots of useful information that will keep you healthy."

"Gotta Be There!" is this yearís theme for the 161st State Fair, and it reflects the remarkable collection of exhibits, food, entertainment, and activities that have made the Fair a summer destination for all New Yorkers year after year. A number of new free attractions will be featured this year, including a major display featuring the Pride of New York, the Stateís marketing program that promotes New York food and agricultural products. The display will highlight the importance of agriculture as a major industry in New York State, and feature information on agricultural products grown and food products processed within the State, farmerís markets, and more.

Additionally, an exhibit in the Horticulture Building promoting the 59 breweries in New York State and their contributions to the State's economy will be presented. Meanwhile, in the Youth Building, 4-H Youth Development will spotlight healthy food and activity choices with a "Choose Health" campaign.

"We welcome all New Yorkers to enjoy the food, fun, entertainment, education and a good time as we showcase many of the strengths that our great state has to offer," Fair Director Dan O'Hara added.

The Fair's buildings will open from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Labor Day, when they close at 9 p.m. Children 12 and under are free every day while seniors 60 and over pay no gate fee on Aug. 27 and 28. Students 16 and under are free on Aug. 31. Parking remains at $5.

For further information and a complete list of concerts and ticket information, check out the Fair's website at    

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