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July 27, 2015

Celebrate New York Dairy on Dairy Day, August 31, at the Great New York State Fair

Entry Deadline for the New York State Fair Dairy Products Competition Extended Until July 31

Calling for Products in the Artisan Cheese, Yogurt and Sheep/Goat Cheese Categories

The Great New York State Fair has been celebrating New York State dairy for nearly four decades and this year, the State Fair’s official Dairy Day will be held on Monday, August 31, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.  Last year, more than 82,000 people attended Dairy Day, making it one of the highest attended days at the Fair.

This year, Dairy Day festivities begin with the Recognition & Awards Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Empire Room. As part of the awards ceremony, Dairy of Distinction Awards and the Commissioner’s PRO-DAIRY Service Awards will be presented.  In addition, winners of the New York State Fair Dairy Products Competition, which includes entries in the cheese, fluid milk and other dairy products categories, will also be announced.

The deadline for the Dairy Products Competition has been extended to July 31 and dairy processors are encouraged to enter the contest to showcase the very best of their products.  The Fair is calling for entries specifically in the Artisan Cheese, Yogurt and Sheep/Goat Cheese categories.  For more information, please visit the New York State Fair Competition’s web page here.  The dairy products entry form can be found here.  All award-winning dairy products will be on display in the Dairy Products Building.

“Every year, Dairy Day is a fun, family-friendly day with many great things to do, whether it’s enjoying some New York State yogurt at the Yo-2-Go Bar or stopping by the Dairy Cow Birthing Center,” said Waffner. “This year, there is still time left to get your products entered into the Dairy Products Competition and I encourage dairy processors from across the state to participate. It’s an incredible opportunity for statewide exposure.”

Dairy Day will continue with the Celebrity Milkshake Contest at 10:30 a.m. in the Chevy Court Pavilion where Central New York celebrities will compete to see who can create the tastiest summer dairy treat.  The “Big Cheese” Auction follows at 11 a.m., led by auctioneer and New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee. Everyone is invited to bid on large and small blocks of New York State cheese and try samples that will be distributed by dairy princesses. The day wraps up with the Dairy Day Parade, which will begin at 6 p.m. and features a procession of dairy princesses, tractors, creative floats and milk trucks.

Dairy attractions and exhibits are also on display all 12 days of the Fair in the Dairy Products Building. This summer marks the return of the cheese sculptor, who will be carving cheese at the Cheese Booth on designated days. The Yo-2-Go Bar will mark its second year at the Great New York State Fair, making it easy to enjoy fresh New York yogurt and cottage cheese with your choice of toppings. A crowd favorite, the Rainbow Milk Bar, will celebrate New York’s official beverage by offering a 25 cent cup of cold white or chocolate milkóby far the best deal at the Fair.  In addition, this year marks the 47th Annual Butter Sculpture at the Great New York State Fair, which is sponsored by the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council and will be on display throughout the Fair.

“State and County Dairy Princesses will be out in full force on Dairy Day,” said Rick Naczi, CEO of American Dairy Association and Dairy Council Inc. “You’ll see them all over the Fairgrounds, from the Dairy Products Building to the cow barn, in our celebrity milkshake contest and in the nightly parade. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have about dairy products or dairy farmers. These hard-working young women are our ambassadors throughout the state.”

“New York’s 5,400 family dairy farmers are proud to sponsor the annual butter sculpture, one of the Fair’s top ‘must-see’ attractions,” said Skip Hardie of Walnut Ridge Farm in Lansing.  “It’s a unique opportunity to draw attention to the men and women who ensure an ample supply of fresh, wholesome milk.”

The New York State Fair Dairy Task Force, established in 1976 and comprised of milk cooperative representatives, industry experts, dairy producers, manufacturers and retailers, originally maintained and managed the Fair’s Dairy Products Building. Today, its role has expanded to promoting New York State dairy throughout the Great New York State Fair.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 to 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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