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June 28, 2016

July 5 Deadline Approaching for Arts and Crafts Competitions at the Great New York State Fair

New Culinary Category is Sponsored by Syracuse-based Hunter & Hilsberg

New Yorkers thinking about entering their best recipes, paintings, quilts and other arts and crafts items in the annual competitions of the Great New York State Fair have only a few days left to register.  July 5 is the deadline for submission of entry forms in all of the arts and crafts categories.  Those entering in the poetry category must also turn in their finished poems.

Last year, more than 2,000 people entered at least one of the Fair’s dozens of competitions, ranging from livestock to Christmas trees and from amateur wine to poetry.  More than 1,000 people submitted entries in the various arts and crafts categories.

One of the culinary competitions is getting a new twist, thanks to a new sponsor. The competition for jams and jellies is adding a new category, for jellies made without commercially-prepared pectin.  The Syracuse-based gourmet jelly producer Hunter & Hilsberg is sponsoring the new category, which carries a $100 prize for the winner.

Hunter & Hilsberg fruit preserves can be found in grocery stores, at independent farm and specialty shops and online.  Founded in 1995, the company is a 100% woman-owned business that works with farms and orchards throughout New York State to source its ingredients, and offers locally grown and certified organic fruit spreads.  

The company founder, Hillary Hunter, will be conducting a cooking demonstration on making old-fashioned, traditional fruit jellies and preserves on Friday, August 26 at 12:30 pm in the Art & Home Center’s Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen.

Other major competition categories and their deadlines include:

  • Agricultural Farm Products:  July 29 and August 1
  • Livestock:  July 18, 22, 25 and August 12
  • Antique Tractors: July 21
  • Dairy Products: July 29
  • Flowers:  July 27
  • Iroquois Indian Village:  August 24
  • Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits and Cavies:  July 11 and 20
  • Youth Livestock:  August 1, 15 and 18

“Our competitions offer people from all over New York State a chance to do what they do best and see the great work of their fellow New Yorkers.  I encourage everyone to check our list of competitions to see if there’s something there for them.  I also thank our many sponsors, who help make these competitions happen,” said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner.

Detailed information and entry forms for all competitions are available at

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016.  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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