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June 26, 2013

Is It ‘Treasure or Trash?’ Find out at the Great New York State Fair

“American Pickers” Stars Will Check Your Items for Potential Value

That thing you’ve got stored in the attic because you think it might be worth something?  Bring it to the Midway Music Series State at the Great New York State Fair on Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. and cast members from the History Channel’s “American Pickers” will tell you whether they think it’s “Treasure or Trash!”

Frank Fritz, one of two antiques hunters who travel the country looking for items to restore, and their office manager, Danielle Colby Cushman, will talk about their experiences, show bloopers from the program, take questions from the audience and, after the stage portion of the show, will sign autographs and say hello to fans.

The heart of the appearance, however, will be the opportunity to have an item checked by Fritz for its potential value.  If you are among those “Picked,” he will not tell you what your item is worth or attempt to buy it from you.  Instead, he will deliver a simple verdict – it’s either “treasure or trash.”

Items brought to the Fairgrounds for possible consideration cannot be larger than 2’ by 2’.  Weapons of any kind will not be allowed on the grounds.  Not everyone who brings an item to the show will be chosen for the on-stage review.  The Midway Music Stage is sponsored by Time Warner Cable.

The New York State Fair runs from August 22 – September 2, 2013.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.” 

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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