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April 01, 2013

Lions and Tigers and Trains, Oh My!

Tigris Shrine Circus, Model Train Show This Weekend at State Fairgrounds

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced the following events that will be coming the weekend of April 5 - 7 to the New York State Fairgrounds:

The Fairgrounds will be alive as the Tigris Shrine Circus fills the Toyota Coliseum with colorful performances and Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show pulls into the Horticulture Building.

The Tigris Shrine Circus celebrates its 80th anniversary with this year’s performance.  The clowns, acrobats and animals perform to help the Shriners raise money to support the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.  The circus is the Syracuse chapter’s main annual fundraiser.  Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online at, or $15 at the gate.  Buy three tickets and the fourth one is free.  Times for the roughly two and a half hour show are Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Train buffs will enjoy the Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show, which is making its first appearance at the State Fairgrounds.  The show features scores of model train layouts, some of them as long as 40 feet.  Many vendors will offer trains for sale.  Youngsters will also enjoy riding on the Roaming Railroad, a life-sized train, and zooming cars around a slot car track.  “There’s a lot of fun stuff for kids to see and do,” said Greenberg’s Frank Hicks.  The event takes place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adult admission is $7, and the ticket is good for both days.  Children under 12 are admitted free of charge.

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 or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at

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