In his Upstate New York travels, the President did not make an appearance at the Great New York State Fair. Our Katie Gibas checked in with fairgoers about their thoughts and tells us a little history of presidents who have visited the fairgrounds.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- For days, Central New Yorkers have been buzzing about the presidential trip to Syracuse. And Thursday, that excitement came to a head as President Barak Obama stopped at several places in Upstate New York.
"I think it's wonderful. I really enjoyed it," said Syracuse resident Kenyette Johnson.
"I went to Henninger, graduate of 1973. And I think it's a good thing he's coming and great for local exposure. People get to ask him their concerns, hopefully," said Baldwinsville resident Nick Caplan.
"I'm excited. I'm happy that he is coming here and I'm even more happy that my son gets a chance to go and be in his presence and be there while he's doing his speech," said Syracuse resident Kyonnia Canery.
But one stop not on President Barak Obama's tour was the Great New York State Fair.
"It's a bummer, but he's already in Syracuse, so I'm going to give him the utmost for that," said Syracuse resident Chunsey Bramlet.
Canery said, "It's a lot of people out here, a lot of security measures they'd have to take for him to come all the day out here. I don't blame him for that. He came to Syracuse. That's good enough."
"I was sort of hoping he'd stop at the fair. The President has a tough job. No matter what he does, somebody thinks he's wrong. So somebody would have thought it was wrong to stop here and have fun with us. And someone would have said it's good to stop and have fun with us," said East Syracuse resident Patty Oatman.
"If he's going to make a lot of stops, if he really wants to give a meaningful speech and not just a publicity speech and eat a lot of sausage and stuff, I guess Henninger was a good venue then," said Caplan.
While a presidential visit might not seem likely at a fair, in its 170 year history, the Great New York State Fair has attracted seven presidents, a vice president and presidential candidates. The first president to stop by was Martin Van Buren and the last was Bill Clinton.
"The New York State Fair is one of the most prestigious fairs in the nation. The fact that presidents from prior generations have been here is not at all surprising. Agriculture, which was the main driver for the New York State Fair, in years gone by, was certainly the main driver when they were here. So the fact that presidents have come here in the past is certainly not a surprise," said New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine.
While a stop at the Great New York State fair isn't likely for this trip, organizers say they'd invite the president back anytime he wants.