Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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March 20, 2013

And the 10 Finalists for the 2013 Great New York State Fair Theme Are......

  • Come Relish in the Riches of NY
  • Fresh, Fun, Local
  • Grandeur at its Greatest
  • Grounds for Discovery
  • Harvest of an Empire
  • Harvest the Feeling
  • Home Grown and World Class
  • Sharing the Bounty and Pride of NY
  • We Grow the Best for All the Rest
  • Where Culture Meets Agriculture

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine and State Fair Director Tom Ryan today announced the ten finalists for the 2013 Great New York State Fair theme.  The Department of Agriculture and Markets received over 500 suggestions from New Yorkers all across the state.  New Yorkers had until March 15, 2013 to submit their ideas for this year’s theme. 

“If this contest proved one thing, it’s that New Yorkers are excited about having a voice in the greatest State Fair in the nation,” said Commissioner Aubertine.  “There were good suggestions galore in there and it was extremely difficult to narrow all the creative submissions down to 10.  This was the first step in this contest and we very much appreciate all the great initial support and feedback from our fellow New Yorkers.”

“When I took over the reins here at the Great New York State Fair, Commissioner Aubertine came to me with the fantastic idea of getting New Yorkers more involved in the Fair,” said State Fair Director Ryan.  “Clearly, this contest has legs and I couldn’t be more pleased with the feedback we received from the people of this great state.  In the end, this Fair belongs to all New Yorkers and New Yorkers will pick its theme.”

The Great New York State Fair is an annual celebration of New York’s economic, cultural and institutional strengths, with a special emphasis on agriculture as one of the State’s largest and most important industries.   Theme submissions aimed to convey this message.  Previous themes included: “Discover America in the Heart of NY” and “It Just Keeps Growing and Growing.”

On March 18, 2013, Commissioner Aubertine and State Fair Director Ryan narrowed down the submitted themes to ten.  Today, all New Yorkers will be given an opportunity to vote for the theme of the 2013 Great New York State Fair on the Great New York State Fair’s Facebook page, located at  Click on the “Poll” icon on the far right of the Facebook page.  Commissioner Aubertine and Fair Director Ryan have also decided to add another method of voting.  Anyone who is not a Facebook user can submit votes directly to the email address:  We will make sure all votes are counted in the final tally.

One change in the contest: Originally, the contest theme was scheduled to be announced on April 1, otherwise known to millions as “April Fool’s Day.” 

“Although the contest is in the spirit of fun, there is nothing foolish about it,” said Commissioner Aubertine.  “Please change the date immediately.”

At the Commissioner’s direction, the theme will be announced on April 2, 2013.

The 2013 Great New York State Fair will run from August 22 to September 2, 2013. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow the NYS Fair on Twitter. New Yorkers are also encouraged to send any ideas they may have about their Fair to

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