People aren't the only ones packing the fairgrounds. Hundreds of animals from all over the state also make the trip and making sure they stay happy and healthy is a big job. Our Sarah Blazonis talked to the veterinary team from Cornell University who take on this task every year.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- Dehydration, coughs and fevers. These are just some of the typical ailments Wade Walker finds as he makes his rounds on the State Fairgrounds.
"They're coming from all over the state of New York and oftentimes, they're shipping overnight with many of their friends and many new friends, so oftentimes, they'll get new bugs that they've never seen before," Walker said.
But Walker isn't with the fair infirmary. He's with a team of Cornell University veterinarians. Their team of four is on call to help out at different exhibits when animals are under the weather.
Walker said, "It's impossible to know everything about a chicken, about a bull, about a goat or a llama, so we try to do thorough routine physical exams to give us any clues about what's going on."
And vets say it's not just animals who benefit. They say it's also good for them to get experience with patients that they don't usually get to work with everyday.
"We're very spoiled to work in a university with a very fancy hospital and this is the other extreme where we come out here without any diagnostics or facilities and we kind of have to work it up the old fashioned way without any of the toys," Walker said.
They also help monitor for communicable diseases and will call in state or federal vets to help manage such situations. Exhibitors say it's a service that's proved invaluable.
"Sometimes you do need the vet's assistance, whether it's for prescription drugs or a better diagnosis of what's wrong with your animal, so, yeah, you do need help out here and they've been exceptional," said Cris Macari, a llama exhibitor.
Something that's especially important for those who depend on their animals for their livelihood year-round.