News from the New York State Fair:
Did you know that the Great New York State Fair runs an annual
competition for antique automobiles and tractors, and another for
pigeons, and a third for carving
They are among the scores of competitions that will take
place during the 2014 Fair. Registration is now underway for most
Most competitions are true to the Fair’s agricultural roots and
mandate, such as the competitions for horses and livestock, flower
arranging, and dairy products.
However, others encompass the arts.
The annual fine arts competition,
which occupies the entire second floor of the Art & Home Center, is
one example, and the daily talent competition on the Talent Showcase
stage is another. In 2013, more than 6,000 people
submitted about 28,000 entries in 275 categories.
Among the new competitions this year is one called “Bucket of Junk.”
Teams of competitors must make an identifiable object using only the
odds and ends in
their buckets. The items in each bucket are identical. Also new this
year is a watermelon carving event, in which people try to make the best
design they can from the watermelon and various pieces of fruit that
they bring from home. Each competition happens
on just one day, and each is limited to 10 participants.
Any New York state resident can enter a New York State Fair competition
and you do not have to win a local competition in order to compete.
winners earn a share of more than $200,000 in cash prizes. Others
receive medals or ribbons. Daily winners of the culinary competition
have their creations sampled on live television.
Some deadlines for entries are approaching. Competition rules,
deadlines, and entry forms can be found on the New York State Fair
website, located at
Most entry forms can be filled out and submitted online. However,
competitors who prefer printed information can have it sent through the
mail by calling the State Fair at 487-7711,