From Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office
The 2017 Great New York State Fair will feature new Baby Care
Centers, providing families with a comfortable, supervised and
air-conditioned place to care for their children.
Care Center has private space for nursing mothers, as well as a clean,
staffed area where parents can change diapers or relax with their small
children. The four Baby Care Centers will be placed around the
fairgrounds to allow quick and convenient access for
The buildings are attractive and welcoming,
with comfortable seating and dormers to provide natural light. The Amish
Structures company, based in Manlius, built the 20-foot A-frame
Carpenters from the New York State Fair
are fitting up the interior, and grounds crews are landscaping the
exterior. The buildings will also be available for rent to the private
firms that host large-scale events on the Fairgrounds during the year.
"We are committed to enhancing every aspect
of the Fair experience and these Baby Care Centers will provide
additional comfort and peace of mind to parents taking part in this
great New York tradition," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Our
unprecedented investment in promoting the fair in Central New York
helps drive attendance, fueling the local economy and spurring tourism –
region to grow and thrive for years to come."
"The governor’s vision for the fair focuses on making enhancements to
the grounds that will improve the fairgoer experience," said Ag and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball. "These new
Baby Centers are a welcome addition to the Fair, providing a great new
amenity for families with young children and complementing the work
that’s been done already to take the Fair to the next level."
"We’re excited to be able to provide this service to families of young
children," said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner. "It will make it easier for families to enjoy their day at the
and it is one more way that we are responding to the needs of our
The new Baby Care Centers are part of the ongoing efforts to improve access and amenities for all
fairgoers. Some of the other elements include improving access to
buildings for people with mobility issues, adding seating
and shade throughout the grounds, and providing interpreters for fair
events and concerts. The fair’s leadership meets regularly with interest
groups to solicit feedback and suggestions for improvements.
The project builds on several years of major
improvements at the fairgrounds, the home of the nation’s oldest state
fair. The improvements began with the state's investment of $50
million, which resulted in a new Main Gate,
first-ever RV park, a new home for the Midway and many other
enhancements that debuted in 2016.
For 2017, the Baby Care Centers are a part
of additional planned improvements, including a new and larger home for
the New York State Police exhibit, a revitalized Turtle Mound stage and
other improvements in the Indian Village,
and a new sky ride along the Wade Shows Midway.