Midway at the New York State Fair

New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair is an annual 13 day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. With midway rides, concessionaires, exhibits and concerts, it has become New York’s largest annual event and an end-of-summer tradition for hundreds of thousands of families from all corners of the state. The first fair took place in Syracuse in 1841 and took permanent residence there in 1890 It is the oldest and one of the largest State Fairs in the United States: located on 375 acres; with approximately one million visitors annually, it is ranked third behind Minnesota and Texas.

The emphasis for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth Development involvement at the State Fair is to provide youth 8-19 years of age with opportunities to:

  • Be recognized for their accomplishments; display what they have learned; learn and recognize standards for quality project work; receive recognition for a job well done.
  • Serve as a showcase for the public to observe a wide variety of 4-H projects in action.
  • Present an accurate, contemporary image of 4-H as a relevant, year-round non-formal educational program for youth of all backgrounds and interests.
  • Attract youth and adults to become involved in the 4-H program
  • Provide free family fun.
  • Promote public awareness of the 4-H program through a showcase of 4-H Youth in Action, as well as Exhibits of 4-H projects work.

Visit our Events Calendar for the dates of the next New York State Fair!


Lisa Farney
Youth Development Educator
(315) 736-3394 Ext. 122

Last updated June 28, 2019