View 459: A Day at the New York State Fair

This year’s New York State Fair finally felt more normal after it being cancelled in 2020 and not running at full song in 2021. While some vendors have decided not to come back and a couple of my favorites which had been there for years disappeared, still 2020 felt like The Fair (as we refer to it around here) got back on its feet.

My wife and I started the day with breakfast at JJ’s on Restaurant Row before heading over to the Dairy Building for a Labor Day weekend treat, strawberry milk from the Milk Bar.

Strawberry Milk from the Milk Bar
Filled strawberry milk cups at the Milk Bar inside the Dairy Building at the New York State Fair near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, September 4 2022. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 400, 46mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

This year’s sculptures, Sand and Butter, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Title IX which gave women in collegiate sports more opportunities and funding.

NY State Fair Sculptures
The Sand and Butter sculptures at this year’s New York State Fair celebrated 50 years of Title IX near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, September 4 2022.

Animals are a big part of the New York State Fair from livestock being showed off by farms around New York to championship horses from all over the Northeast and Midwest to the small creatures like this little bunny.

Bunny in the Poultry Building
Bunny inside the Poultry Building at the New York State Fair near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, September 4 2022. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/100s, f/8, ISO 12800, 92mm Focal Length.

Labor Day weekend features a big show for Draft Horses with money, prestige and valuable points for the farms who bring in their big rigs of Belgians, Clydesdales and Percherons.

Percheron Draft Horses
Percheron Draft Horses showing inside the Coliseum at the New York State Fair near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, September 4 2022. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 11400, 24mm Focal Length.

We ended our day back on Restaurant Row for fish sandwiches and a side of Cordon Bleu deep-fried balls at Horan’s. Yes, they were as good as you can imagine.

Horan's on Restaurant Row
Horan’s on Restaurant Row at the New York State Fair near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, September 4 2022. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 1250, 24mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

All in all, it was a good Fair this year. While attendance was not up to pre-Covid levels, the momentum has certainly swung in the right direction. Looking forward to 2023 and beyond.

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