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October 20, 2014

Wedding Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds Helps with Planning for the Big Day

Fairgrounds Also Hosts Auction, Horse and Alpaca Shows, Fright Night, Organ Concert

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced the following events running from Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

Brides planning for their wedding days can find all the help they need at Wedding World Expo in the Horticulture Building of the New York State Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 26 from 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.  Admission is free, but brides must pre-register at  Exhibitors covering all aspects of a wedding, reception, and honeymoon will be on hand for what organizers call the largest bridal show in Central New York.  There will be free massages available, along with horse and carriage rides, as well as a hair and makeup show and a runway fashion show.  

The Onondaga County Area Municipal & Contractor Equipment Auction takes place on Saturday, October 25, in the Belle Isle parking lot beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The auction, conducted by Roy Teitsworth Auctions, Inc., features on-site sales of many pieces of heavy equipment, including tractors, dump trucks, plows, loaders, and more.  Equipment can be viewed beginning at 7:00 a.m.  Enter via Gate 7.  A full list of equipment being offered is at

Reining horses and their riders compete for more than $25,000 in prize money at the CNY Reining Horse Association Fall Classic.  The event runs from Friday to Saturday in the Toyota Coliseum.  Admission is free.  More information can be found at

More than 750 alpacas are expected to compete during the Empire Alpaca Extravaganza Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibit Center.  There will also be vendors, seminars, and fiber arts demonstrations.  Admission is free and the show begins at 8:00 a.m. each day.  More information:

Fright Nights continue in the Beef Barn Friday through Sunday beginning at 7:00 p.m. each day.  The event features five scary attractions to get you in the Halloween mood, along with concessions stands and amusement rides.  Horror attractions are not recommended for children younger than 9, and parents are urged to use discretion in deciding whether the scary elements of Fright Night are right for their children.  Single attraction tickets are $10 and multi-attraction tickets are $20.  Visit for money-saving coupons and more information.

The CNY Theater Organ Society concert, taking place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Empire Theater, features Hollywood’s Walt Disney El Capitan Theatre Organist John Ledwon performing music from Walt Disney and popular standards on the theater’s 1925 Wurlitzer pipe organ.  The 1910 silent film “Frankenstein,” produced by Thomas Edison, will also be shown with live accompaniment.  Admission for non-members is $15 for adults, $2 for children.  Visit for more information.

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 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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