Though it's an annual event, the New York State Fair is unique every time. If you didn't make it to as many outdoor events as you hoped this summer, at trip to the fair can truly make up for all of it in just a day.
This year the State Fair runs through Monday, September 3, and will highlight "Pride of New York," featuring local produce, meats, dairy products, and array of other agricultural products. There is truly something for everyone, from exotic farm animals, to educational exhibits, to crazy food and drink stands, to rides and games. It's also home to an impressive array of concerts, from the free Chevy Court Series (this year including Victoria Justice, Mike Posner, Theory of a Deadman, and The Band Perry) and the ticketed Grandstand shows. This year's Grandstand line-up includes Jason Aldean (August 31).
There are an abundance of activities throughout the fair days. The Adventure Zone is home to the Walker Brothers Circus, and features Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, the Mike Steidley BMX Stunt Show, Bixby's Rainforest Experience, and some family thrill rides. Agriculture Extravaganza features a plethora of animals, including cows, sheep, and horses, as well as produce farmers from across the state who will educate fairgoers.
The fairgrounds are located at 581 State Fair Blvd. near Syracuse, and the gates are open 8 a.m.-midnight (except for Labor Day, when they close at 9 p.m.). Tickets cost $10. For more information and a full list of the many attractions and events, visit NYSfair.org or call 800-475-FAIR.