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April 22, 2014

CNY FEIS Brings Irish Step-Dancing Competition to the New York State Fairgrounds This Weekend

Also Happening: RV Show and Sale, Youth Skills Event, Horse Show

Acting New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner today announced the following events running from Wednesday, April 23 to Sunday, April 27 at the New York State Fairgrounds:       

More than 1,000 of the region’s best Irish dancers will compete at the CNY Feis on Saturday, April 26 in the Horticulture Building.  Competitors will dance jigs, reels, and hornpipes in many age and skill categories.  A long list of musicians will accompany the dancers.  Irish products and crafts will also be on sale at the event.  Admission to this colorful event is free to non-competitors.  Competition begins at 8:30 a.m.  More information is available at       

Several hundred RVs will be available for inspection and sale at Camping World’s RV show running from Wednesday to Sunday in the Brown parking lot along Interstate 690.  New and used RVs will be available in all styles and shapes, including motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and tent campers. Financing is available for qualified buyers.  Details on many of the campers for sale can be found at

More than 2,000 students from 83 trade and technical schools across New York State will compete for more than a quarter million dollars in scholarships during a conference running from Wednesday to Friday in several Fairgrounds buildings.  The New York Association of SkillsUSA hosts the conference, which is a showcase for the skills of vocational students and their teachers. The skills contests are open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. 

The Syracuse chapter of the Professional Horsemen’s Association holds its 63rd annual horse show Wednesday through Sunday at the Toyota Coliseum.  Riders and their horses will compete in a number of hunter and jumper categories.  Admission is free.  More information can be found at

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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