2018 New York State Fair Ticket Giveaway – Win Your Great

We have a New York State Fair Ticket giveaway where you could win a family pack of tickets to the Great New York State Fair. The traditional end of summer tradition runs from August 22 – September 3 in Syracuse, New York and showcases the best of New York State food and beverages along with top entertainment.  Just think of it, where else can you watch a dairy cow give birth to a calf, while you sip one of New York State’s wines, and then catch a headliner concert from Ludacris, Pentatonix, or Blondie?  Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter our New York State Fair Ticket giveaway.  Continue reading for what else you can expect at the 2018 New York State Fair, and click here for our Photoessay of a Day at the Fair to get a sampling of what you can expect during your visit.

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“Year after year, the Great New York State Fair continues to break attendance records and attract visitors from across the globe with affordable, world-class entertainment,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “With the addition of the Fairgrounds’ new Expo Center and more discounts than ever before, the Fair is poised to once again welcome a record-breaking number of visitors to see all that Central New York has to offer.”

This year, the Fair will debut its brand new $63 million Exposition Center—the largest clear-span events space north of New York City between Boston and Cleveland. The building will feature a temporary ice rink and an interactive exhibit from I Love New York highlighting the state’s tourism, which builds on its successful operation last year in the Center of Progress Building. The highly popular annual sand sculpture will move to the Expo Center this year as well. The Fair has also worked with various groups to create tournaments and exhibitions for sports like hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and broomball. Below is a list of other activities and events at the 2018 Great New York State Fair.

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Food

It goes without saying that you can’t have a fair without fair food, and a key highlight at the fairgrounds facelift is the Taste NY Market, where guests will enjoy local wines, craft beers, spirits and cheeses from New York vendors. Free samples are available as vendors rotate daily.

  • Maple Day – the New York State Fair will hold its first-ever Maple Day on Monday, August 27. Maple Day is sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association and will feature maple products, such as maple cotton candy, maple donuts, pancakes with maple syrup, and more, that can be sampled at locations across the Fairgrounds. Cooking demonstrations using pure New York maple syrup will be held throughout the day in the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen and maple vendors will be sampling and selling products at the Taste NY Marketplace in the Horticulture Building.
  • Find Your Grape – the Jam and Jelly competition at The Great New York State Fair’s 2018 Culinary Competition will feature a new class dedicated to New York State-grown Concord grapes. The event is one of more than a dozen culinary competitions and part of more than 70 agriculture and arts competitions taking place during the Fair.
  • The Butter Sculpture – it’s the 50th anniversary of this New York State Fair tradition. Visit the Dairy Products Building to see hundreds of pounds of butter turned into art. For the visually impaired we also have a hands-on clay model of the butter sculpture at the Dairy Princess Booth. You can also see blocks of New York State cheese carved into artwork before your eyes.
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Music

Did you know the Great New York State Fair is an affordable way to see some incredible musical talent this summer? Catch performances from Blondie, Ludacris, Counting Crows, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, ZZ Top, Pentatonix, Ozzy Osbourne  and more at the fair’s multiple music stages this year.

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Other Great Highlights

  • Dairy Cattle Birthing Center
  • Equestrian competitions
  • Coronas Circus
  • Iroquois Indian Village
  • Maritime History Showcase
  • Ferris Wheel and Midway
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Enter to WIN a family pack of passes in our New York State Fair ticket giveaway, and I’ll see YOU on the midway. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on InstagramTwitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.