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March 06, 2014

Motorsports Expo at the Fairgrounds Marks the Beginning of the 2014 Upstate Auto Racing Season

Antiques Show, Snowmobile Sneak Peek Also Take Place at the Fairgrounds

Acting State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced the following events running from Saturday, March 8 to Monday, March 10 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

The thrills of the Upstate New York auto racing season can’t be far off when Motorsports Expo 2014 takes over the Center of Progress Building on Saturday and Sunday. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers and see more than 200 race cars of all classifications. The region’s many race tracks will offer schedules and other information. It’s also a huge trade show, with vendors on hand to sell collectibles, crafts, clothing and more. Some classic race cars will also be on display.

A special auction of racing memorabilia will be held on Saturday afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12, and free for children under 6. A two day pass is $18.

Meantime, antiques lovers will enjoy the Greater Syracuse Antiques Expo, taking place in the Horticulture Building. More than 200 vendors will offer a wide variety of antiques in a wide range of prices and styles. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7. A weekend pass is $8. Children under 12 can attend for free.

And a special show on Monday offers fans of snowmobiles a chance to see what’s coming for the next season. The 2015 Manufacturers’ Sneak Peek offers a first look at the 2015 models from Polaris, Yamaha, and Ski-Doo. The event runs from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and is free of charge to attend.

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, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” 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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