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July 31, 2013

Registration for State Fair’s Women’s Day Luncheon is Underway

A former journalist who has turned her life’s struggles into a message of empowerment for women will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Women’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, August 28 at the New York State Fair, State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced today.

Joleene Moody of Pulaski was once a TV news reporter, most recently for YNN in Syracuse as Joleene DesRosiers.  She overcame an eating disorder that began in middle school and, after the death of her mother, began to use her story as a way to help others overcome their struggles. Her program, called “Take Your Voice Back,” will encourage women to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from pursuing their goals and passions.

Moody will speak during the noon luncheon program, which will be hosted by WCNY’s Liz Ayers, in the Empire Room at the Art & Home Center.  Reservations are required for the luncheon.  The cost is $20 per person, which includes the luncheon, admission to the Fair, and a parking pass.  A registration form can be found on the Fair’s website, at:  Registrations must be submitted and paid for by August 16.

Women’s Day at the Fair includes the Fine Arts and Photography exhibition in the Art & Home Center, judging for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship competition in the Culinary Arts Department, and demonstrations by the CNY Embroiderer’s Guild.  In the Empire Theatre, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will present a discussion entitled “Sleep Well, Live Well,” which is free and open to the public.  At 3:30 p.m. in the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen, the winner of the 2013 Wie-Sen Fruit Carving Gold Medal will demonstrate the art of fruit carving.  And from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chevy Court Pavilion, several women’s advocacy groups will hold a mini-fair to provide information.

More information on Women’s Day is available by calling 315-487-7711 extension 1265.

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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