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August 24, 2015

The Great New York State Fair Brings Talent to Its Many Stages

Performances at the Regional Artists Variety Stage, Pan-African Village and During Gospel Music Weekend Give Fairgoers a Diversity of Entertainment

The New York State Fair will deliver a diverse slate of free musical entertainment of all varieties with performances at the Regional Artists Variety Stage, the Pan-African Village and during Gospel Music Weekend, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today. These venues will host some of the more than 500 performances taking place throughout the entire Fair, which runs August 27 to September 7.

“The Regional Artists Variety Stage is a wonderful location where true New York entertainment is shared as almost every performer is a New Yorker. It brings recognition to the talent of these local up and coming artists and supports the New York State Fair’s tradition of providing the best and most diverse free musical entertainment lineup,” said Waffner.

The Regional Artists Variety Stage is scheduled for six to seven performances daily, boasting a variety of local artists such as singers, Irish dancers, marching bands, rock bands and string bands, covering genres as diverse as polka, gospel, country and folk music.

The Regional Artists Variety Stage will also feature special acts by the 10th Mountain Division Band at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m., and the 42nd Infantry Division Band at 7:30 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, Thursday, September 3.  Up and coming country singer Lindsay James, with her new single, “Nothing Even Matters,” will perform at 8:30 p.m. The stage is located on Restaurant Row between Kiddieland and the Youth Building. A full schedule of performances can be found here.

“The Regional Artists Variety Stage is the essence of the Fair. Artists of different genres and instruments add a great diversity to the Fair, providing entertainment for every preference and leaving a piece of their performance with every fairgoer they entertain,” said Regional Artists Variety Stage Manager Sharron Pearson.

The Pan-African Village will host its own unique lineup of talent this Fair, including rap, R&B, pop, dance, and African drum percussion performances. The village can be found between the Center of Progress and the Art and Home Building, to the left of Chevy Court when entering the main gate. The full schedule of events at the village can be found here.

The Pan-African Village is also the place to discover a wide array of merchandise, foods and performances from several different African-American, African and Caribbean cultures. Vendors, cooks and entertainers representing the cultures of Jamaica, The Dominican Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea, as well as the African-American and Latino culture of the United States can be found throughout the village.

“The Pan-African Village comes alive with energetic performances and spoils fairgoers with delicious, authentic African and Latino dishes. All these African, African-American, and Latino cultures combine to present at the village one of the most diverse and best experiences the Fair can offer you,” said Pan-African Village Coordinator Michele Malone.

In addition, the New York State Fair is proud to celebrate Gospel Music Weekend, which has been a part of the Fair for almost 40 years. Gospel Music Weekend takes place August 29 to 30 and features several talented gospel artists such as The Alabama Gurlz, who take the stage at 4 and 8 p.m. The talented Gospel Music Youth Choir, which has opened for several Grammy Award winning artists such as Tremaine Hawkins, Blind Boys of Alabama, Timothy Wright and Ricky Dillard, will also perform at 2 and 6:30 p.m. in honor of Gospel Music Weekend. 

Hundreds of additional free musical performances take place on the many stages around the fairgrounds, including at the Empire Theater, the Grange Building Stage, the Dairy Building Stage and various vendor-hosted musical events.

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  New Yorkers are also invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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