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July 09, 2013

Country Music Festival, Musical Theatre Take Stages at the New York State Fairgrounds This Week

Three Horse Shows Also Take Place This Week

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced the following events running from Tuesday, July 9 Sunday, July 14 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

Chris Young, Kellie Pickler and Billy Currington headline three days of non-stop country music as the New York Country Jam moves to the Fairgrounds.  The event runs from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14 at Chevy Court. 

A pass good for all three days is $99, but it must be purchased no later than Thursday, July 11.  Advance sale prices for individual days are $29 for Friday and $59 for Saturday and Sunday.  At the gate, prices for Saturday and Sunday are $69.  More information, including discounts for active-duty military and first responders, and a link to purchase tickets online, can be found at the event’s website,

Friday night features groups that pay tribute to the music of Faith Hill, Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw.  Saturday’s lineup begins at noon and includes Fulton Chain Gang, TJ Sacco & the Urban Cowboys, Jason Thomas, Love and Theft, Lauren Alaina, Uncle Kracker, and at 9 p.m., Billy Currington.  Sunday’s lineup begins at noon and includes the Bob Greco Band, Custom Taylor Band, LoCash Cowboys, Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, and at 9 p.m. Chris Young.

The Empire Theater and the Talent Co. will play host to the original cast of the hilarious musical comedy, “Cooking With The Calamari Sisters.”  The play opens Thursday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, August 11.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $32.50 for general admission but $30.50 for seniors and students.  Discounts for groups of 15 or more are available. Tickets are available at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Three horse competitions also take place on the Fairgrounds this week.  The Huck Finn Classic Horse Show, hosted by the Syracuse chapter of the Professional Horsemens Association, runs from Tuesday, July 9 Sunday, July 14 at the CountryMax Race Arena and Stables beginning at 8 a.m.  Admission is free.  The Empire State Paint Horse Club hosts the Paint/Pinto Paint-O-Rama at the 4-H Rings and Stables beginning at 7 a.m. each day.  Admission is free.  And the National Barrel Horse Association holds its Syracuse Spectacular 4D Supershow at the Toyota Coliseum starting at 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Riders of all ages, from amateur to professional, will try to guide their horses around barrels for a chance at prizes.  Admission is free.

The show tells the tale of the final live broadcast of the local cable TV cooking show hosted by sisters Delphine and Carmella Calamari.  They squabble and throw food while singing and dancing to Italian favorites such as “Volare,” “Que Sera Sera,” and “Mambo Italiano.”

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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