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March 17, 2014

The Great New York State Fair Holds Public Design Competition for a New Fair Float for a Re-Energized Daily Parade

More Bands, Contributions from Local Groups, New Mascots All Seek to ‘Make a Great Event Even Greater’

A committee working to add to the New York State Fair’s daily parade is seeking input from the public as it designs a State Fair float to serve as the centerpiece of a reinvigorated event.  Designs and ideas for the float are being solicited by the committee, which is being headed up by a member of the State Fair Advisory Board.  Board member Rockette Brunetti was once a volunteer director of the daily parade.

“The parade is one of the signature events of the Great New York State Fair.  We want to make a great event even greater, with more music, more participation from the community, and a fabulous float to serve as the parade’s anchor,” Brunetti said.

The committee has reached out to some school and community groups to solicit design ideas.  Any individual or group is welcome to submit design sketches that represent, as Brunetti said, “what you think of when you think of the Fair, including rides, food, music, animals everything the Fair has to offer.” 

Sketches received by April 1 will receive consideration.  Those involved in creating a winning sketch will receive recognition during the parade along with admission to the Fair and parking passes.  Submissions can be sent to  More information about the requirements for submissions can be found at

The Fair is also in the process of creating two brand new mascots.  Those mascots will participate in the daily parade and also tour the Fairgrounds during each day to interact with Fairgoers and pose for photos.  The mascots’ identities have not yet been announced, but will be visual representations of the Fair’s main mission of promoting agriculture.

The float and mascots, when complete, will also be available to march in community parades and appear at public and community events.

The heart of the 6:00 p.m. parade around Chevy Court is the sound of marching bands. The Fair is reaching out to more school and community marching groups to increase and broaden participation.  An application and information for groups interested in marching in the parade can be found at

The committee is also reaching out to local non-profit organizations, county governments, and other groups to offer them a free opportunity to participate in the parade.  Brunetti sees it as an opportunity for groups to reach the crowds that form to watch the parade and to show Fairgoers what is unique about their organization. 

“The Fair, along with the invaluable leadership of its Advisory Board, is taking yet another step to make New York’s greatest public event even better.  Our goal is to make the parade into a must-see daily event as well as a showpiece for the very best of our state,” said Richard A. Ball, Acting Commissioner of Agriculture.

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

A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website,  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook at, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to email their ideas for the Great New York State Fair to

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