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July 18, 2016

Registration for the 2016 Womenís Day Luncheon Is Underway at the Great New York State Fair

The 2016 Women’s Day Luncheon is now accepting reservations, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today. The August 31 luncheon will take place in the Art and Home Center’s Empire Room at noon.  Leslie English, President of Dale Carnegie CNY, will be the featured keynote speaker, presenting on “BE the GREAT wind beneath their wings.”

“We are proud to welcome Leslie English to the Fair on Women’s Day,” said Waffner. “As an award-winning training consultant, her leadership at Dale Carnegie CNY has strengthened the decades of success the program has seen. We are excited to hear her message for women in Central New York, the nation and worldwide.”

Leslie English is the president and owner of the Dale Carnegie Training franchise in Central New York, which she purchased in 2013. The Dale Carnegie franchise has over 2,500 branches in 22 countries around the world, and helps people reach their personal and professional goals through coaching, planning and leadership development training.  Started in 1912 by Dale Carnegie, the franchise has continued to teach effective communication and leadership skills and how to succeed in ever-changing environments.

Liz Ayers, formerly of WCNY, will emcee the program. A reservation is required for the luncheon and seating is limited so registering as soon as possible is recommended. The cost is $20, which will cover the luncheon, a fair pass and parking. A registration form can be downloaded at or obtained by calling 315-487-7711 ext. 1265.

The Art and Home Center will open at 10 a.m. on Women’s Day. Those registered for the luncheon are invited to coffee and to enjoy Nancy Wildoner, a theatre organist, play a Wurlitzer organ in the Empire Theatre at 10:30 a.m.  Following, at 11 a.m., Crouse Hospital presents Kim Masterpole, who will speak on “Successful Strategies in Managing Stress in Women.”  The presentation is open to the public.

In addition, a mini-fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Chevy Court and will feature many advocacy groups for women. Feel free to stop by to discuss and ask questions.

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, reflected in its theme, "Find Your GREAT!," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The 375-acre New York State Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gateó the arches of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger, 15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation.  More information on the revitalization is available here and renderings can be viewed here.

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. 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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