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June 24, 2014

NYS Maple Producers Association has Big Plans for the 2014 Great New York State Fair

New York State is home to a thriving maple industry, ranking second nationwide in maple syrup production and accounting for 18 percent of the nation’s output with 574,000 gallons produced in 2013.  This year at the Great New York State Fair, the New York State Maple Producers Association will be returning to the Horticulture Building in full force to educate the public on where their maple syrup comes from and how it is produced, State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced today.               

“Maple syrup is such a hugely important agricultural industry here in the state,” said Commissioner Ball.  “The primary focus of the Great New York State Fair is to educate fairgoers about the breadth of New York agriculture and we are pleased that the New York State Maple Producers Association will be ramping up their educational efforts at this year’s Fair.”    

“This year, we want fairgoers to encounter the mystery of maple’s sweet sap,” said New York State Maple Producers Association Executive Director Helen Thomas.  “How does the maple tree share its tasty sweetness?  How do they get all that sap out of the woods and over to the sugarhouse?  How does the sap become the great sweetener we know as maple syrup?  You can experience these mysteries first hand by stopping by the new maple display in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fair beginning August 21.”

The New York State Maple Producers Association occupies space in the Horticulture Building, selling everything from maple syrup to maple creams to maple popcorn to maple ice cream.  The wood surrounding the maple center comes from a maple tree that was once tapped for syrup.  This year, the Maple Producers Association plans to feature a working tubing system with water (representing sap) flowing through clear sap lines into a releaser. The releaser will periodically fill and dump, creating noise and a splash.  The Association is also designing a cutaway of a tree to show how the sap flows up and down in the maple tree as the temperature changes.

“These two features will highlight a brand new interactive display that will make folks feel like they are standing in the maple woods,” Thomas continued.  “This display will also provide fairgoers with free samples of maple syrup.  We hope that these new features will entice people to stop at the maple center where we make all sorts of confections on the premises, and where they can meet and talk with the hard working maple producers of the Great State of New York.”

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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.  This year’s tagline “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

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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