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October 16, 2013

Antiques and Folk Art Shows Top a Busy Week at The Fairgrounds

A Fundraiser, Horse Competition, Trade Show Among 10 Events This Week

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets today announced the following events running from Wednesday, October 16 to Sunday, October 20 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

            Lovers of antiques and folk art will enjoy a trip to the Fairgrounds this week.  The Salt City Antiques Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20 in the Center of Progress Building.  More than 250 selected dealers will be on hand to sell, and in some cases, buy antiques.  West Lake Conservators, Ltd. of Skaneateles, NY will provide free preservation consultations of historic art and artifacts. Porter service and worldwide shipping will be available.  Admission is $7 for adults for a one-day pass, $8 for a two-day VIP pass.  Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

            Next door in the Horticulture Building, the Country Folk Art Show takes place from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20.  There will be a wide variety of unique and creative decorating accents in many themes, handcrafted items, and select imports.  Admission is $6 for adults, and your handstamp gets you in all weekend.  Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  The show runs from 5 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on Sunday.

            Syracuse’s Francis House holds its major annual public fundraiser Wednesday, October 16 in the Horticulture Building.  “There’s No Place Like Home 2013” offers food, entertainment, and prizes for those who attend.  More than 2,300 people attended last year’s event, which provides a large portion of the annual budget for Francis House, now in its 22nd year of caring for people with terminal illnesses.  Cost of the event is $50.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

            High school juniors and seniors interested in careers in construction can visit Construction Career Day in the Exhibit Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17.  Admission is free, but registration is required.  The event exposes high school students and adults to rewarding and diverse careers in the industry at a time when the industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. Call 437-9936 ext. 25 for more information about participation.

            The New York State Highway and Public Works Expo takes place in the Center of Progress Building on Wednesday, October 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The show brings together local and state government highway and public works professionals from across New York to see the latest in municipal equipment.

            Horses return to the Toyota Coliseum for the Stepping Stone Horse Show, running from Friday to Sunday.  This Hunter show features horses and riders competing in various events.  Admission is free.

            The Yankee Fall Classic Poultry Show features poultry, large fowl, bantams, waterfowl, ducks, and geese competing for awards in their respective breed and variety clubs.  It takes place on Sunday, October 20 in the Poultry Barn.  Admission is free.

            Fright Nights at the Fair continue in the Beef Barn.  Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.  Fright Nights features six scary attractions, as well as non-scary carnival rides for young children, and food and drink vending. The organizers do not recommend the thrill attractions for children younger than age 9 and advise that parents should use their discretion. Ticket prices are $10 for a single attraction, $15 for the 3-D Haunted Hayride, and $20 for all attractions and the hayride.  More information:

            The comic musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” returns to the Empire Theater for its final weekend.  The TheaterFirst Productions show centers on a man whose favorite old musical comes to life when he plays the rare recording of the obscure show.  The original production won five Tony awards in 2006.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $30, with $28 tickets for senior citizens.  They are available by calling 703-3333. 

            The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

            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, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at


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