Music is a big part of the New York State Fair. Although the acts at Chevy Court and the Grandstand change every year, there is one staple that's been playing much longer than that. YNN's Sarah Blazonis reports.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- "It was something new, something different. I'm always game for something new," said one fairgoer.
"Something different. Come to the State Fair, try different things every year," added another fairgoer.
It's not everyday that new is a word used to describe this player piano, but not just because this year marks its 100th birthday.
"Probably would take the gold medal for the amount of playing time its had. Like I said, it's played all 12 days, actually all throughout the year, and it's played literally ten hours a day," explained Philip Edwards, Empire Theatre Superintendent.
The piano was donated to the Empire State Theatre and Musical Instrument Museum in the 1970s. Ever since that time, visitor after visitor tried their feet at becoming an instant musician.
"Those of us who've volunteered for many years have actually seen a lot of kids grow up, coming back year after year," noted Edwards.
Both the piano and its rolls of music were made in New York, and museum officials say donations from fairgoers help keep this part of the state's history alive."
Edwards said, "Everybody who wanted a piano but didn't necessarily know how to play one had a player piano. They were basically the television of the 1920s. This tells about the way people lived entertaining-wise back then. Also tells about how people live today."
And though today's music lovers might find becoming an instant musician isn't as easy as it looks, it's safe to say that tunes from New York's history will continue to ring out for years to come.