Madison Co. Fair returns to Brookfield

BROOKFIELD — The 177th Madison County Fair is returning with fun events and great music from July 7 through July 10, 1968 Fairground Road in Brookfield. The fair will feature animal and agricultural exhibits, pageants and shows featuring Madison County’s most talented performers. They include popular bluegrass band Buffalo Barfield. Admission for each day of the fair is $3.... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Summer schedule set at Lakeview Amphitheater

SYRACUSE — The first full concert season at the Lakeview Amphitheater features a packed schedule leading up to Labor Day weekend. July 4: Symphoria, Syracuse Pops Chorus, fireworks July 5: 5 Seconds of Summer July 7: Vans Warped Tour July 9: Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin July 10: Phish July 13: Journey/Doobie Brothers July 15: Jason Aldean July 21: Zac Brown Band, Drake... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Great Swamp is hidden gem

TOWN OF LENOX — The Great Swamp Conservancy, Inc. north of Canastota is the best kept secret in Central New York. The only Nature center in Madison County which has approximately 7 miles of trails through diverse habitat of forested wetland, grassland and shrub land, upland woods, wet meadow, marsh, flooded swamp, and a restored pond. Most trails are groomed and flat. One area... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Brian Wilson re-creates ‘Pet Sounds’ at State Fair

Brian Wilson celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ legendary “Pet Sounds” album Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. at the New York State Fair in suburban Syracuse. Wilson will be joined by Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and his band. They will take the audience through every song on the album, and will also perform other hits and fan favorites from more than half a century of their... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Vernon National offers options for shooting enthusiasts

VERNON CENTER — Vernon National Shooting Preserve, located in the scenic hills of Vernon Center, is family owned and operated and features a fully automated 17-station sporting clays course, a skeet range, wobble trap, covered pistol range, rifle range as well as a spacious clubhouse and banquet area. The preserve operates a stocked pheasant hunting operation annually from... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Award-winning Enchanted Forest Water Safari

OLD FORGE — The award-winning Enchanted Forest Water Safari is New York’s largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions including 32 of the wettest and wildest heated water rides. There’s something for everyone throughout the park, from water rides, to classic amusement rides, food, games, storybook themed characters, a family circus show, barnyard and more.... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Stanley’s Boilermaker event pays tribute to Billy Joel

Boilermaker runners, families, volunteers and the community will have a special event again this year at the Stanley Theater on July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., the night before the big race. Special guest Ryan Quinn, the Westmoreland resident and Clinton native who gained fame during his run earlier this year on NBCs “The Voice,” highlights the program. He’s a music teacher at the... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Mighty Sprints

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CNY becoming hub for breweries, wineries

Grapes or hops? Whether your palate prefers the robust flavors of a summer ale or a sweet, fruity wine, central New York is becoming a growing hub for breweries, wineries and even distilleries. There has been a resurgence of the hop industry, and central New York is becoming a growing destination for craft breweries. The website www.BrewCentralNY.com is one resource for... 4:00pm 06/30/16

Delta Lake home to several activities

WESTERN — Those seeking a quick and inexpensive getaway need look no farther than Delta Lake. The lake is home to a state park, a triathlon, half-marathon and offers boating, fishing, biking and hiking trails. Delta Lake was created in 1908 by damming the Mohawk River. The goal was to provide a supply of water to the Erie Canal. The 720-acre state park was created in 1962, and... 4:00pm 06/30/16