Online registration has begun for the scores of competitions that take place at the Great New York State Fair, Acting Director Troy Waffner said today.
Last year, more than 4,500 exhibitors submitted more than 22,000 entries to one of 49 competition categories.
"There's something for everyone in our competitions," Waffner said. "Some of these are as old as the fair itself and carry forward our state's proud agricultural heritage. Others are more modern. I encourage everyone to check our list of competitions and take part in them."
Most fairgoers are familiar with the fair's animal competitions, from the daily horse shows in the Toyota Coliseum to the judging events involving cattle, goats, swine, poultry, rabbits and more. They are also likely to have seen the flower and table setting competitions in the Horticulture Building, or the talent competition on the fair's west end stage.
There are also the professional competitions for wines, dairy products, and Christmas trees.
Less well known are the fair's competitions in culinary arts, amateur winemaking and fine arts. The fair also holds some offbeat competitions, such as the daily rooster crowing contest, the Bucket of Junk competition that challenges contestants to turn a collection of parts into something useful, and the poetry competition, which culminates with a public reading of winning poems.
To learn more about fair competitions, or to enter, visit http://nysfair.ny.gov/competitions/how-to-enter.
This year's New York State Fair, operated by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5, 2016.