The old song. Rogers and Hammerstein. Anyone?
We’re going to the New York State Fair in about a week and a half. Can’t wait! Carnival rides? Animal and agricultural exhibits? Old-timey reenactments? A haunted house? Tents featuring local foods? Visit, hell. I might just move in. I used to totally do the whole all-the-rides thing, but as I’m sure many others have learned, age is now preventing me from going on anything that spins or goes in a circle. Especially if it’s going fast. I’ll still totally do rollercoasters, ferris wheels, haunted houses, halls of mirrors, and water rides though. Awesome.
I’ve never been to a state fair. I generally find the county fairs small and boring, so I’m awfully excited about the super-sized version. I was looking at the exhibits and schedules, and I started taking down a list of things I can’t miss. (Luckily, someone whose name starts with “Mere” and ends with “dith” who we’re going to be visiting in Syracuse, has a very similar list to mine.) And I suppose, to be fair, a lot of the things on my list are sort of quick walk-throughs or short look-ats. Hey, what would be on the top of your list for your state fair?
This is my Short List …
- 18th century farm life demos in the Agricultural Museum
- The barns … can’t miss the Ag & Livestock shows!
- Empire State Theatre & Musical Instrument Museum … with Organ Recitals!
- Pie, jam, jelly, cakes, et al
- The Dairy Barn – New York State milk for cheap, and local cheese!
- The Haunted House
- The (Landmarked) Horticulture House, exhibits of NYS native flora
- International Exhibit – Empanadas, Bratwurst, Tempura, Baklava …
- Iroquois Village – Including gifts, food, traditional crafts for the Six Nations
- Petting Zoo. They have a giraffe. ‘Nuff said.
- Pride of New York General Store – Featuring only NYS items
The list is already long! This doesn’t even include whatever few rides we might want to avail ourselves of. Well, one thing’s for sure. There’s no way I’m going to miss the life size butter and cheese sculptures!