Updated 08/21/2012 05:23 PM
Sneak peek at the New York State Fair
In just a few days, the grounds of the NY State Fair will be filled with people from near and far. There's something for everyone to enjoy, whether this is your first time or you come each year. The doors don't officially open until Thursday, but the media was invited for a tour on the tram. Our Iris St. Meran took a ride and shows us what's new.
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GEDDES, N.Y. -- The Great New York State Fair is around the corner. Staff are ready to welcome and assist visitors in more languages than one.
New York State Fair Director Dan O’Hara said, "One of the most important things that we want to do is to make sure they have access to the various services in the different languages."
Members of the media took a tram ride around the grounds with Fair Director Dan O'Hara highlighting new and improved areas.
"This year we added some new seating areas," O’Hara said.
In Restaurant Row, the brick ground indicates public eating areas. Some other things you'll notice are the grounds are repaved, reconstruction of the empire room, and an extra big screen for overflow crowds to watch acts at Chevy Court.
There's a focus on keeping the food and attractions affordable. This year there's a Best Bets Bargain Book that you can purchase.
"There's a hundred different coupons with savings of over $3,000,” O’Hara added, “So, families, if they get it, there's a lot of different specials in there that you can feed a family of four on the fairgrounds at different places for $10 or $12."
Agriculture has always been the theme at the New York State Fair. And keeping with the theme, you'll see signs with factoids about animals, farm production and crops.
O’Hara said, "One of our goals here is really to educate the fairgoer. Make the fairgoer more aware, so as a consumer when they're going to the grocery store and they see the Pride of New York emblem, they're more conscientious that if they purchase local produce, it helps the economy, it helps farmers."
There's lots more to see and do including the animals in the major agriculture buildings, rides in the Midway and concerts at the Grand Stand. Starting Thursday, you have 12 days to do and see it all.
Gates open every day at 8 a.m. with buildings opening at 10 a.m. For a full list of events and a schedule, visit www.nysfair.org