Agriculture is still at the heart of the New York State Fair, which opens tomorrow, the Elmira Star-Gazette reported today.
The fair near Syracuse runs through Sept. 3. The annual butter sculpture was unveiled this morning: No surprise, it had a Greek yogurt theme.
The fair’s roots are as an annual celebration of the economic, cultural and institutional strengths indigenous to New York. A special emphasis remains on agriculture, which continues to be one of the state’s largest and most important industries.
“Going back to our roots was important. I’m not sure people understand what agriculture does for our economy,” fair director Dan O’Hara said during a recent promotional stop in the Elmira area. “Our objective is to promote agriculture in New York state. It’s a true value to the economy. It’s a $4 billion-plus industry. That’s a lot of money.”
Over 12 days, the fair will attract more than 950,000 people, O’Hara said. That’s a big economic impact, not only for the Syracuse area but for the Southern Tier as well.
When: Thursday through Sept. 3. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily, and all buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except Labor Day, when they close at 9 p.m.
• Where: The fairgrounds are off Interstate 690, just outside of Syracuse.
• Admission: $10 adults, or free for children under 12 or with advance purchase of concert tickets.
• Information: Call (315) 487-7711 or (800) 475-FAIR, or go to www.nysfair.org.