Morrisville State College will have a strong presence again this year at the New York State Fair, featuring a car, horses, chair massages, renewable energy — even ice cream.
The fair runs Aug. 25-Sept. 5.
Fairgoers can learn about horses and horsepower inside the Morrisville State College building, located near Gate 4 by the Coca-Cola Coliseum and the Iroquois Indian Village. Horses from various equine programs will be housed in the building throughout the duration of the fair.
Along with horses, the college will showcase its Mustang car. Students in the college’s automotive programs transformed the 1988 Mustang into a 550 horse-power dragster which accelerates to 130 mph in 10 seconds.
Visitors can also obtain an array of information about the college, including athletics and activities and will have an opportunity to speak to faculty and staff about the college’s program offerings.
Morrisville State alumni are encouraged to stop by and access materials to find fellow classmates, enjoy history about the college and get caught up on its expansion and progress. MSC Alumni Day at the fair is Aug. 27.
Massage therapy students will also showcase their skills, offering free chair massages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Morrisville State College building.
The college will also have a presence and provide samples daily in The Taste New York Marketplace (formerly Pride of New York), operated by the Morrisville State College Auxiliary Corporation (MAC) through Nelson Farms.
Many products will be available, including products sourced from vendors all over New York state such as salsas, jams, barbecue sauces, granola, fudge, maple, honey, coffee, spices, candy and popcorn.
There will also be guest appearances by chef Tom Armstrong (award-winning Tom’s Bootleg BBQ) and Syracuse chef John Tumino (In My Father’s Kitchen) along with many other New York state food entrepreneurs.
The Marketplace is located between Gates 1 and 2 near Chevy Court. Store hours are the same as the fair, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of Labor Day when the fair closes at 9 p.m.
Additionally, the School of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship will have an exhibit in the FFA Building.
Equine faculty and students will be honing their skills, competing with the Morrisville College Foundation’s six-horse Belgian hitch in the coliseum near the dairy barn. Admission to the horse show is free.
Morrisville is the only college in North America to compete with a six-horse hitch.