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November 13, 2015

Get into the Holiday Spirit at the New York State Fairgrounds This Season

Holiday Events Offer Unique Items Perfect for Gift-giving and Opportunities to Give Back to the Community

Several events over the next few weeks at the New York State Fairgrounds offer shoppers a chance to get into the spirit of the holidays, and find interesting and unique gifts for everyone on their list as well as give back to the community.

The opportunities begin today with the Junior League’s 20th annual Holiday Shoppes.  More than 150 vendors will offer a wide array of unique foods and gifts from around the Northeast.  The event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 13 through 15 in the Horticulture Building.  The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $8.  Children age 9 and under are admitted free.  Proceeds from the event support the community efforts and leadership development of the local branch of the Junior League, a national organization of women who volunteer to improve their communities. More information on the Holiday Shoppes, including a list of participating vendors, can be found at

The Syracuse Thanksgiving Antiques Show, taking place November 28 to 29 in the Center of Progress Building, prides itself on being a Central New York holiday shopping tradition.  Approaching its 40th anniversary this year, the show features art, collectibles and antique items in many styles and all price ranges.  Admission is $7, with a pass good for both days available for $8.  Children age 16 and under are admitted free. More information on the Syracuse Thanksgiving Antiques Show can be found at

Shoppers can beat the last-minute stress with a visit to the Christmas Craft and Holiday Market, December 11 to 13 in the Horticulture Building. The show features handcrafted and personalized gift items, holiday decorations and tasty gourmet foods, among other items.  Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  More information on the Christmas Craft and Holiday Market can be found at

The holiday season is just as much about giving as buying.  Back again this year, Syracuse funeral director Jan Maloff is operating the CNY Family Bicycle Giveaway to collect unwanted bicycles for families and children, an effort that began about 20 years ago.  Then, he received 175 bikes that were repaired and donated to families in need.  Now, the bike drive is run through a non-profit organization and can garner more than 2,500 bikes a year.  On the Saturday before Christmas, those bikes will be given away.  Anyone with a bike to donate can bring it to the International Building, where it will be checked and repaired.  More information is available at

The New York State Fairgrounds hosts more than 150 privately-operated events each year in its various buildings, providing a significant economic lift to the region.  For information on hosting an event at the Fairgrounds, contact the Events Department at 315-487-7711.

Events at the Fairgrounds are operated by outside entities and questions about individual events should be directed to them.  Scheduled events are subject to change without notice.  Check the Fair’s events calendar at for the latest information.

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