NY: TOP 10 BEST FAIRS

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New Yorkers may already know it, but now its official. The Great New York State Fair stands as one of the very best in the nation. Respected travel advisor Fodor’s, a company which produces guide books and website guides trusted by millions of travelers, gave New York this distinction.

In its listing of the top 10 state fairs in America, Fodors writes the Great New York State Fair “balances the urban modernity of the Big Apple with the commerce and agriculture of the rest of the state….Seek out the New York Wine & Cheese Seminars in the cool air-conditioning for the opportunity to sample varieties of local wine and cheese. For those seeking cute critters, head over to the baby rabbit and cavy exhibit, where newborns are on display.”

The article tips people to enjoy the burger cooking competition on Beef Day, being held Tuesday, Aug. 26.

This is the fifth expert source to place the Fair among the nation’s very best.

Yahoo Travel listed the Fair in its top 10 for its “celebration of homegrown agriculture” and the Wine & Cheese seminars.

Travel site Hopper.com ranked the Fair at #1 because “the real variety of grounds entertainment makes it one of the most accessible and family friendly fairs….”

Travel guide Bustle.com put the Fair at #3 for featuring a multitude of New York State wines. Not only that, but “It’s cheap — two dollars for a five-ounce glass — and you’re allowed to walk around the fairgrounds with it,” the guide said.

Real estate and relocation website Movoto.com twice wrote about the Fair this summer, noting that the Fair was a great reason to move to New York State because “New York’s State Fair Makes Yours Look Like A Baby,” while also noting in an article listing reasons to move to Syracuse that ours is a “State Fair To End All State Fairs.”

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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