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

August 22, 2007

New York State Fair Opening Ceremony and Events

Thursday, August 23, 2007, Syracuse


Opening Ceremonies on Chevrolet Court Stage

§ New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker and New York State Fair Director Dan O’Hara will open the 161st New York State Fair with an opening ceremony focusing around the traditional core of the State Fair, agriculture.

§ Numerous youth from the 4-H and FFA will be recognized for their important role in continuing the Fair’s rich agricultural heritage.

§ In addition, the late Dr. Robert Baker, creator of the chicken nugget and proprietor of Baker’s Chicken Coop on the fairgrounds, will be honored for his work by Cornell University President David Skorton.

CONTACT: Jessica Chittenden 518-527-3949 or Joe LaGuardia 315-487-7711


Visit the new Pride of New York Exhibit inside the Main Gate

Commissioner Hooker and Fair Director O’Hara will visit a new display that showcases the State’s marketing and promotion program for New York food and agricultural products, and will highlight the importance of agriculture in New York State.

CONTACT: Jessica Chittenden at 518-527-3949


Live Television Interviews


Center for Dairy Excellence Announcement at MooCountry in the Dairy Barn

Commissioner Hooker will be joined by John Lincoln, Chair for the Farm Viability Institute, and Mark Kenville, Director of the new Center for Dairy Excellence, to announce the Center’s promotional and educational campaign at the State Fair.

CONTACT: Mark Kenville at 315-569-6809


Renew fishing and hunting permits at DEC’s Aquarium

State DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis with Commissioner Hooker will renew their fishing and hunting licenses at the DEC booth, promoting the many convenient services available to fairgoers during the twelve days of the State Fair.

CONTACT: Diane Carlton at 315-426-7403


Lunch at Dinosaur Barbeque


Sun Safety Announcement at State’s Smallest State Park

State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash with Commissioner Hooker will emphasize the importance of sun safety, whether camping or visiting the State Fair.

CONTACT: Eileen Larabee at 518-486-1868

2007 Press Releases