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NYS Fair Opens Today

NYS Fair Opens Today

While Governor Cuomo will meet President Obama in Buffalo today, Lt. Governor Bob Duffy will open the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Performances today include “Korn” and “Salt-n-Pepa.” The fair runs for two weeks with food, music, rides, games, exhibits, animals and agriculture.

Other highlights include the New York State Park at the Fair, a three-acre mini-park open at the NYS Fair. It features birds of prey, musket firings and mini-golf.

“The State Park at the Fair is a fun place to get away from the crowds and learn about what you can discover in our state park system,” said Commissioner Rose Harvey in a press release. “State parks have so much to explore. Stop by the State Park at the Fair and plan your next adventure.”

Located between the fairground's Chevy Court and the Horticulture Building, the site has picnic tables, trees and a shaded reflecting pool that is a perfect meeting spot for families to take in the sights. The park has outside displays, exhibits, the popular birds of prey show and a great gift shop. Knowledgeable park staff are on hand daily to answer questions, promote upcoming events, and make travel plan suggestions. This year visitors can meet outdoor educators, costumed interpreters, state park police, as well as learn about marine safety and snowmobiling. Visit  for the full event lineup.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation maintains and operates 179 parks and 35 historic sites, which attract over 60 million visitors a year. More information is available by visiting, connecting on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.


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