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March 31, 2015

Salt-N-Pepa Return to the Great New York State Fair as Half of a Day of Rap on the Chevy Court Stage

Rapís First All-Female Group Marks 30th Anniversary This Year

The first all-female rap group, Salt-N-Pepa, will make its second visit to the Great New York State Fair’s Chevy Court stage on Wednesday, September 2 at 2:00 p.m., Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

The show forms the first half of a full day of classic rap and hip hop on the Chevy Court stage.  The performer for the 8:00 p.m. show, a very big name in rap, will be announced tomorrow.

“We are thrilled to bring back Salt-N-Pepa after their 2013 show that opened the Fair.  They put on a terrific show then, one that energized the crowd and got the Fair off to a great start.  They are only getting better with time and I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us,” said Waffner. “And wait until you hear who’s performing that night!”

Legends, icons, trailblazers, pioneers, innovators and trendsetters are just a few words often used to describe Salt-N-Pepa. From Grammys to MTV Video Awards, they have won them all. Whether it's the top of the charts or on stages at sold out coliseums across the country, they have done it all. They are Cheryl James, Sandra Denton ("Salt" and "Pepa", respectively) and Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper (DJ Spinderella).  

As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hip-hop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever. With the hit songs "Push It," "Tramp," "Shoop" and "Whatta Man," Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone's expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels.

The Grammy Award-winning group can also be called revolutionaries of rap and groundbreakers of the game because they used their performances to empower women with messages ranging from safe sex to independence to respecting yourself as a woman.

The Fair has previously announced several shows for the free stage at Chevy Court:

  • Everclear, at 2:00 p.m. opening day, Thursday, August 27
  • Rick Springfield, at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27
  • Orleans, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 28
  • Melissa Etheridge, at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 1
  • Meghan Trainor, at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3

Concerts on Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 Ė September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 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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