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September 17, 2013

New York State’s Largest Quarter Horse Show Takes Place This Weekend at the Fairgrounds

Large RV Show Also Taking Place in the Center of Progress

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced the following events running from Wednesday, September 18 to Sunday, September 22 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

As many as 800 Quarter Horses will run through their paces beginning Wednesday at the Toyota Coliseum, as the Empire State Quarter Horse Association holds its Empire Fall Show.  This competition is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country.  Several thousand Quarter Horse owners and fans are likely to attend the five days of competitions. 

Some horses and riders will tackle difficult obstacle courses, while others will compete in various riding, jumping, showmanship, and appearance categories.  Winners will be named in more than 120 events.  Some of the winners will divide more than $20,000 in prizes.

The event also features vendors selling all kinds of horse and riding equipment.  Admission is free.  Events begin at 7 a.m. each day.

Also this weekend, people can begin dreaming of their next vacation at the 19th Annual New York State RV Show. Recreational vehicles of all kinds – from tent campers to luxury motor homes, and from pre-owned to brand new – will be available for inspection and sale.  The show takes place beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Center of Progress Building.  Admission is $8.  Children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult who has paid admission. 

The New York State Fair runs from August 21 to September 1, 2014. 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 at or follow @NYSFair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair to

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