Fair Agriculture Schedules, Events & Exhibits
Dairy Cow Birthing Center
Returning this year is an opportunity for fairgoers to witness first-hand the miracle of life daily by watching a dairy cow give birth to a calf. The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are providing this opportunity for the public to learn more about animal agriculture, veterinary science and the birthing process. The exhibit is located next to the FFA Building near tram stop #8 and will be open from 10:00am-10:00pm.
Take a break from the crowds in air-conditioned comfort where you can get a chance to talk to representatives from a variety of New York wineries. Listen while they discuss the differences between white grapes and red grapes. Find out what are the best wines to be served with certain entrees. Sample different varieties and learn the best ways to enjoy the full nuances of wine. There will be demonstrations on making homemade wine as well as homemade brew. Be sure to check our daily schedules posted in early August for more details. Held in the Horticulture Building daily at 2:30pm and 5:30pm – limited space availability.
Take a walk through this exhibit and view pictures and memorabilia from past fairs and see for yourself how the Fair has changed and grown over the past 174 years. Watch a short video clip of the 1969 State Fair and see clay models of the butter sculpture going back to 2004. Look over a scale model of the whole fairgrounds and follow time lines of important events, entertainment and agriculture that have been part of the New York State Fair. Don’t miss the exhibits on the 4-H, FFA, Iroquois Indian Village and the NY State Troopers to name a few.
This year you will have an opportunity to purchase old posters, pins and other memorabilia of the New York State Fair at the new souvenir shop. Located in the Grange Building, open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm (9:00pm on Labor Day).
Monday, August 25th is Dairy Dairy – This is the State Fair’s way of saying thank you to all the dairy farmers, processors, manufacturers and distributors that provide us with the state’s official beverage, “Milk”. Come enjoy the day’s great activities from the milkshake contest and cheese auction at Chevy Court Pavilion in the morning to the day long Open Class Holstein Show followed by the celebrity milking contest at the Toyota Coliseum.
Tuesday, August 26th is Beef Day and “Beef, it’s What’s for Dinner”! Follow your nose to the Chevy Court pavilion to watch as local media personalities try their hand at becoming the “Branding Iron Chef” in the “Branding Iron Cook-off” media grilling contest beginning at 10:00am. At 12:30pm the backyard grill masters will take over as they compete in the 8th Annual “Create the Perfect Burger” contest sponsored by the New York Beef Council and Tops Markets. Ten recipe finalists will grill head to head as a panel of judges will determine who will take home the title for the “Perfect Burger” and a sensational grand prize of $500 grocery gift card. After the competitions, plan a trip to the Beef Barn where you can chat with cattlemen and watch a live beef cattle show.
Where “My Farm” Meets “Your Plate.” Get a chance to greet, meet and thank the farmers from the following agriculture areas that grow your food and provide fiber for your clothes: Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Meat Goats, Dairy Goats, Llamas, Rabbits, Vegetables, Honey, Maple Syrup, Chickens, Forage and Grain. You can also walk a llama, hold a rooster, pet a rabbit or milk a cow… and don’t forget you can play games and win prizes! In the Toyota Coliseum on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.