State Fair opens today
with loads to see and do

The State Fair opened this morning and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 with entertainment, food, competitions; plant, animal and product displays and more. Fairgrounds are in Syracuse, adjacent to Route 690 West. They are accessible from the New York State Thruway, exit 39 (from the West) and 34A (from the East).

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily. Exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of Labor Day when they close at 9 p.m. The Midway is open until midnight every night of the Fair.

Daily admission tickets are $10 each at any State Fair gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free and students 16 and under are admitted free on Friday, Aug. 31.

Senior Citizen’s Days are Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27 and 28, when all seniors 60 years and over are admitted free. Other special days include: Law Enforcement Day ­ Friday; Gospel Weekend ­ Saturday and Sunday (Talent Showcase stage), Dairy Day ­ Monday, Beef Day ­ Tuesday, Women’s Day ­ Wednesday, Fire & Rescue Day ­ Thursday, Aug. 30.

Free admission to the fair is included with the advance purchase of any concert ticket.

You can look for photo or art entries from area residents in the Art and Home Center before going upstairs to play the player piano. Most Oneida County 4-H club members will be at the fair for the "second rotation," Aug. 27-30 but some are there today for livestock competition and some will be there Monday for dairy judging. 4-Hers from around the state take turns having displays at the fair.

Events (listed on the website) run from Adventure Zone (near the Horticulture Building) to Wool Center with Pride of New York, butterflies, cows, monster trucks, Iroquois Village, the midway and more in between.

New events and attractions at the Fair include a BMX stunt show, monarch butterfly garden, rainforest experience, Great Lakes lumberjack show, hot dog pig race, and kids celebration. Numerous events for all ages and interests take place in the many buildings around the Fairgrounds.

The Syracuse Post Office and the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of CNY will raise breast cancer awareness Sunday, Aug. 26 at the the Baldwin booth by selling cache envelopes with a unique cancellation hand stamped on each envelope.

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Grandstand events this week include:

¿ The Wanted — tonight, 7:30. Tickets are $55, $45, $35. One of Britain’s biggest pop bands. Electro pop duo 3OH!3 will open. Kid Friendly

¿ Keith Urban — Friday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65, $55, $45. Winner of four Grammy Awards. David Nail will open.

¿ Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival — Saturday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $55, $45, $35. Features three stages, with main stage acts including: Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and Adelitas Way.

¿ Larry the Cable Guy — Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $35, $25. Coining his catchphrase, "Git-R-Done," Larry the Cable Guy has proved to be a success for over ten years.

Chevy Court events (all free) include:

¿ Neon Trees — Tonight, 8. Received nationwide exposure when the group opened several tour dates for band The Killers.

¿ Sawyer Brown — Friday, 2 p.m. Hits include "Some Girls Do," "The Dirt Road," "Step That Step," "Thank God For You."

¿ Matt Nathanson — Friday, 8 p.m. American singer-songwriter. Blend of folk and rock music.

¿ Bridgit Mendler — Saturday, 2 p.m. Starred in several television and movie roles.

¿ The J. Geils Band — Saturday, 8 p.m. American rock group. First gained recognition in 1971 when they covered The Valentino’s "Looking for Love."

¿ Ronnie Milsap — Sunday, 2 p.m. Influential country music artist of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

¿ Gary Allan — Sunday, 8 p.m. Most recent album, Get Off on the Pain, features the singles "Today," "Get Off on the Pain," and "Kiss Me When I’m Down."

¿ The Buddy Rich Band — Monday, 2 p.m. Memorial band that honors one of America’s best jazz drummers.

¿ Three Dog Night — Monday, 8 p.m. American rock band from the 1960’s and 1970’s, earned 13 gold albums.

¿ The Midtown Men — Tuesday, 2 p.m. Pays tribute to the 1960’s and performs songs from The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Temptations, and Frankie Valli.

¿ Collective Soul — Tuesday, 8 p.m. Seven No. 1 songs including "Shine," "The World I Know," "December," and "Precious Declaration."

¿ Guy Fieri — Wednesday, 2 p.m. Has appeared on The Food Network since 2006 after he won The Next Food Network Star.

¿ Victoria Justice — Wednesday, 8 p.m. Nickelodeon star for several years, appearing and starring in shows such as Zoey 101, iCarly and Victorious.

¿ Mike Posner — Thursday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m. Singer-songwriter whose single "Cooler Than Me" reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

¿ The Happy Together Tour — Thursday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Features classic music from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Midway Music Concert Series events (all free) include:

¿ Tyler Hilton — tonight, 8. Songs performed as part of his role on the television show One Tree Hill.

¿ New Medicine —Friday, 8 p.m. Featured as part of the Avalanche tour with Shinedown in March, currently touring with Halestorm.

¿ Earth Jam — Monday, 7:30 p.m. Performed at the Fair previously, at Homegrown Talent Day on Chevy Court.

¿ Soul Risin’ — Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Syracuse-based jam band, opened for The Fray in 2009.

¿ Wallpaper. with opener AM and Shawn Lee — Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Wallpaper and their front-man, Ricky Reed are recognized for their songwriting, producing, and stage presence.

¿ Dark Hollow — Thursday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Grateful Dead tribute band.

Regional Artists Variety Stage (previously known as the Special Events Stage) events include:

¿ Hot Country Liners — Aug. 23. noon and 2 p.m. 37 member group that loves line dancing.

¿ Jason Bean — Aug. 23. 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Songs soulfully sung with detail and emotion.

¿ Hover — Aug. 23. 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Alternative pop and rock teen band.

¿ Hailey Wiggins —Friday, noon and 2 p.m. Country-rocker and inspirational songwriter.

¿ Merkley and Morgan —Friday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Have collaborated on numerous acoustic and electric projects.

¿ Mark Zane — Saturday, noon and 2 p.m. Debut CD, "American Hunger" features a blend of folk, rock, and country.

¿ The Mondays — Saturday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pop rock quartet from the New York area.

¿ 4 Point 0 — Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ska/Rock band from Syracuse.

¿ The Acoustic Brothers —Sunday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Four-piece acoustic band.

¿ My New Obsession —Sunday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Four-piece rock band.

¿ Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona — Monday, noon and 4 p.m. Known for breaking the stereotype regarding "polka" music.

¿ Belle Aire — Monday, 5:30 p.m.

¿ Limestone Crick and Dream Catcher — Monday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Acoustic folk band performs originals and covers.

¿ Doolin O’Dey — Tuesday, noon and 2 p.m. Celtic style music.

¿ Merry Mischief — Tuesday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Traditional acoustic duo, costumed musicians.

¿ Kim Monroe and Chris Eves — Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Delivers conviction and soul in every verse.

¿ The Lonely Ones — Wednesday, noon and 2 p.m. Folk trio with a myriad of influences.

¿ The Gina Rose Band — Wednesday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Five-piece cover band, plays the best selection of classic rock and blues.

¿ Flint Creek — Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Country music and dancing.

¿ Fab Five Paul — Thursday, Aug. 30, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Solo acoustic artist. Appeared with members of Badfinger, The Hollies, The Grass Roots and original Beatles drummer, Pete Best.

¿ South Bay — Thursday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Plays a mix of the 80’s and modern pop rock.

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