NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- It’s an exciting day for the New York State Fair as all the preparation and hard work getting the grounds ready all come to fruition.
Opening Day is traditionally marked by Governor's Day. Governor David Paterson appeared at the fair for opening ceremonies. He touted New York's agricultural heritage in his opening remarks.
“With the transportation of food right within New York State making us less reliant than the other states going forward, it’s going to help our energy policy. It’s going to save money and that is why we like to honor it at the fair for the next 12 days,” Paterson said.
There are some new additions to this year's event. One includes the new Pride of New York Marketplace featuring more than 230 New York State made products in the former Lottery Building. The ever popular Lottery Pavilion is now centrally located in the fair's Time Square area.
Other additions include a new Pride of New York Kitchen and three new locations selling state produced wine.
Fair Director Dan O' Hara encourages the fairgoer to take advantage of something new.
"We're really hoping to encourage fairgoers to come, find out something new each year and agriculture is really the origin of the fair and each year we're doing something different. Again, this year we have the Pride of New York Marketplace and we have the Pride of New York Kitchen, and those are the types of things we want to educate the fairgoer on," said O’Hara.
Of course many people are planning to take advantage of some of the great entertainment that comes here to Central New York. The Grandstand features former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry's band, Daughtry. That’s at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. Asleep at the Wheel performs at Chevy Court at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.