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The Great New York State Fair starts Wednesday

Mary Beth Roach, Special to the Daily Sentinel
Posted 8/23/22

“I call it the 4 F’s – food, farming, fun and family – we have it all, right here at the fair.”

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The Great New York State Fair starts Wednesday


SYRACUSE — “I call it the 4 F’s – food, farming, fun and family – we have it all, right here at the fair.”

That’s how Sean Hennessey, interim New York State Fair director, sums up the New York State Fair, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 24 to Monday, Sept. 5.

More than 100 food vendors will be spread across the 375-acre fairgrounds, with enough specialties to satisfy anyone’s appetite.

“If you go home hungry from the fair, that’s on you,” he joked.

One of the new vendors this year hails from the Utica area – the Balkan Street Food truck, and operator Tarik Pehlic and his team look forward to introducing more people to the food from that area of Europe.

The fair would not be complete without some extraordinary culinary concoctions. Fried Specialties will feature the Flamin’ Code Peach, which fair officials said is a deep-fried peach cobbler, topped with fresh jalapenos and peach-flavored bacon. A less “hot” version is called Code Peach, which is a deep-fried peach cobbler with caramel inside. The vendor is also offering Sm’OreoS, or SOS. It is described as a s’more stuffed with two double-stuffed Oreos, deep-fried and served with graham cracker crumbs and chocolate syrup.

Keeping things hot will be the Syracha’Cuse Hot Sauce Tasting Bar in the Horticulture Building, with an assortment of free tastings of sauces created with items sourced from Central New York vendors, like Ommegang beer, Recess Coffee’s dark roast, and products from Beak & Skiff 1911. The New York Maple Producers, also in the Horticulture Building, will be offering maple-infused cheese curds.

To find these or any other vendor, fairgoers can access the fair’s Food Finder by visiting or by scanning the QR code on the fair maps, which will be available at the Main Gate and at other Guest Relations posts.

There will also be a Food Truck Rally from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, around Chevy Court.

To say that there is a wide variety of entertainment offered for free with the price of admission is an understatement. Chevy Court, inside the Main Gate, will welcome such legendary performers as Chubby Checker, Patti LaBelle and Big and Rich. The Chevy Park Experience Concert Stage, near Gate 10, will offer a mix of some well-known acts with some up-and-coming stars, including the Art of Rap ft. Ice-T, Boyz II Men, Foreigner, and Lizzy McAlpine. Other entertainment venues include the Pan-African Village, the Empire Theater, and Indian Village. The Latino Village Weekend will shine the spotlight on the music, culture, food and crafts of the Hispanic community on Sept. 2 through 5.

There are more shows lined up in the Family Fun Zone, and Hennessey noted that this year, the Exposition Center will include a family play area. The Sand Sculpture has been moved to the Center of Progress Building.

A major attraction, of course, is the Midway, with more than 50 rides, carnival games and food.

Fair admission is $3 per person, and free for seniors 65 and older and children 12 and younger. Parking at any of the fair lots is $5. There will be no cash accepted in the parking lots or for admission tickets at the gates. Both parking and admission passes are available at or by calling 800-514-3849. Self-service kiosks will be at all gates to purchase admission. With fees, each admission ticket is $3.19 and parking vouchers are $5.23 each.

Masks are not required in the buildings. However, should the Department of Health guidelines change, the fair will make the necessary adjustments.

Centro will be running shuttle buses to the Main Gate from three locations, the Destiny USA parking lot at the Solar Street entrance to the mall; Long Branch Park in Liverpool; or the Centro hub in downtown Syracuse, at Salina and Adams streets. The cost is $1 per person each way. New York State Department of Health guidelines require masks on public transportation.

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