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August 12, 2013

Farm Meets Dinner Plate at State Fairís Annual Ag Extravaganza

Event Provides Answers About Farming, Good Info About Healthy Food

People have tons of questions for the farmers who bring their produce and animals to the Great New York State Fair but don’t know who to ask.  This year, there’s an entire day set aside to provide answers, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced today. 

The Fair’s annual Ag Extravaganza takes place in the Toyota Coliseum on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Wegmans sponsors the Ag Extravaganza. There will be pens of different animals around the show ring of the Coliseum with a farmer stationed at each one as well as demonstrations of wool being spun and educational booths.  There will also be a farmer’s market, with a farmer on hand there, too.  People can go from booth to booth and meet the farmers who grow their food. 

This year there will be an activity where “My Farm” meets “My Plate” for fairgoers of all ages.  Individuals will select a card that represents one of their favorite meals.  On the back of the card will be the ingredients needed to make the meal.  Fairgoers will then “go shopping” for their meal, by visiting the booths to get ingredient cards that represent the necessary food products such as meat, eggs, milk, maple syrup, and more. When they finish their shopping trip, they go to the gazebo in the center of the arena.  There, they will be asked if they would like to take the microphone and say thanks to the farmers over the public address system.  They will leave with a sticker that says, “I Thanked a Farmer Today! Have You?” and a bag of free goodies, such as coupons, tickets to the milk bar, and coloring books.

“It’s never been more important to understand what we eat.  New York’s farmers produce some of the best food products in the world and some of the healthiest, too.  I know that this will help fairgoers of all ages to make better choices about what they eat, and help them understand why it’s important to support food raised close to home,” said Commissioner Aubertine.

The New York State Fair runs from August 22 Ė September 2, 2013.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.”  Advance sale tickets that save 40% off the cost of admission are available statewide.  Visit for for a full list of locations.  Tickets for all Grandstand shows remain available from the Fair Box Office or from the Fair’s only official online ticket seller,

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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