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June 27, 2014

Roar! The Prehistoric Past Comes Alive in the Great New York State Fair’s New Dinosaurs Exhibit

Animatronic Dinosaurs Make Realistic Movements and Sounds

You’ll think you’ve gone back to a time before humans when you enter the Great New York State Fair’s new Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit, Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.  More than 40 moving and museum-quality static dinosaurs will give fairgoers the chance to touch the past.

More than a dozen of the dinosaurs move and some move in response to buttons guests can push.  Fairgoers can pose with and touch some of the static dinosaurs, which were designed by a sculptor to equal the quality of museum displays.  There’s a Triceratops for smaller guests to ride and a Tyrannosaurus Rex for larger guests.  They move gently and roar.  Kids can dig for dinosaur fossils as well. Each dinosaur exhibit has its own plaque that provides educational information.

Discover the Dinosaurs, located in a tent behind the Horticulture Building, features lights and sound controlled by computers to add to the authentic feel of the exhibit.

“This exhibit is one of more than two dozen brand new events, activities, and exhibits at the 2014 Fair and it will provide great thrills and great photos for families,” said Waffner.  “Our motto this year is ‘New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” and Discover the Dinosaurs fits all three categories.”

Admission to Discover the Dinosaurs is $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the tent.  Rides on the Triceratops or T-Rex and the fossil mining cost extra, but coupons good for $1 off the ride or $2 off the dig will soon be available in the Fair’s new Best Bets Bargain Book, a booklet of more than 100 coupons containing more than $3,500 in savings at the Fair and beyond. 

More information about the exhibit 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.  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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