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County Fairs Embody New York’s Agricultural Tradition; State Makes it Easy to Locate Online

July 9, 2014
New York State's rich agricultural tradition is on display at dozens of county fairs throughout the state. The state has a new website to help travelers connect © 2014 Karen Rubin/

New York State’s rich agricultural tradition is on display at dozens of county fairs throughout the state. The state has a new website to help travelers connect © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Information on nearly four dozen county fairs as well as a number of youth fairs throughout New York State is now available on the state’s open data website, located at

County Fairs operate from early July through early September across New York State and present visitors with an opportunity to learn about local agriculture. They also provide countless recreational opportunities and economic benefits to local regions, from amusement park rides to games to agricultural competitions involving local farmers and small business owners.

“County fairs are a valuable tradition for communities across New York State, offering visitors a chance to experience local agriculture and entertainment while also providing a boost to regional economies,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “The State’s open data website is a great resource for New Yorkers to learn more about upcoming fairs in their area, and by highlighting these events we are helping to raise the profile of local vendors. I encourage all New Yorkers to visit a fair near them this summer, and see more of what our farmers and agricultural producers have to offer.”

New York’s open data website is a great resource for New Yorkers to find out when their local fair is happening and where it’s taking place. County fairs are an important part of New York tourism and I encourage all New Yorkers to visit a local agricultural fair this summer.”

Fairs take place in all ten of New York’s economic development regions, providing unique educational experiences for fairgoers in communities across the State. County fairs also have significant economic impacts, creating jobs and generating millions of dollars in economic revenue.

A listing of County Fairs across New York State can be found here.

A map of county fair locations across New York State can be found here.

A calendar for county fairs across New York State can be found here.

“I’m a huge fan of county fairs and like millions of New Yorkers, I’ve been taking my family to our own local fair for many years,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “County fairs are an important agricultural and family tradition, and with the help of the state’s open data website it’s now easier than ever for New Yorkers to enjoy agritourism this summer.”

The current state budget provides $500,000 in reimbursements for agricultural competitions at county fairs across the state through the Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Department also operates The Great New York State Fair, located in Syracuse. This year’s Fair takes place from August 21 through September 1. The first Friday of the Fair, in line with tradition, will be designated “Law Enforcement Day.” However, this year, Friday, August 22 will also be a designated “County Fair Day.” County Fair managers and board members from all agricultural fairs from across the state will be invited to come enjoy a day at the State Fair, get a behind the scenes tour of the fairgrounds and Midway, and enjoy a couple short presentations on agriculture at the State Fair.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ staff of veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians work at each county fair and the State Fair to examine animals for exhibition, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas. This helps to ensure that livestock return home just as healthy as when they left. Department staff also checks paperwork on all the animals to be sure that each has had a previous veterinary examination and that the necessary tests and vaccinations to qualify for exhibition were completed. Without the assurance that there are protections in place, owners of valuable livestock would not bring their best animals to exhibit, depriving the farm community and public of this lively competition for the prize of Grand Champion

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NYS Launches ‘Come See the Comeback’ Tourism Campaign Showcasing Areas Rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy

October 30, 2013
Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie to hop on the resort shuttle for Mohonk Mountain House and enjoy a timeless getaway at a Victorian style castle © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie to hop on the resort shuttle for Mohonk Mountain House and enjoy a timeless getaway at a Victorian style castle © 2013 Karen Rubin/

New York State has launched a “Come See the Comeback” tourism campaign to promote tourism in communities recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The campaign highlights the progress these communities have made in rebuilding after the storm and that they are ready to welcome visitors once again.

The campaign partners with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) by highlighting discounts and promotions on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road to promote travel to these areas.

“Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy, our ‘Come See the Comeback’ campaign captures the spirit of New Yorkers who in the face of any challenge will work together to come back better than before,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “Superstorm Sandy caused terrible destruction in communities in Long Island, New York City and the Hudson Valley, closing down local businesses and damaging popular parks and beaches. But in the last 12 months, many of these communities have rebuilt better than before and their doors are once again open for business. We want New Yorkers and visitors to come see the progress that these communities have made and breathe new life into the local tourism industry. From taking a spin on the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island and touring wineries on Long Island to hiking in the Hudson Valley, there is something to do for everyone – and the MTA can get you there. So pick up a MetroCard, get on a train, and come see our comeback.”

The Governor also encouraged New Yorkers and visitors to use the MTA to visit communities recovering from recent storms. The MTA is offering various promotions and discounts to drive commuters to the following destinations:

New York City Transit Deals:

Take the subway to Coney Island and enjoy a nickel hotdog at Nathan’s Famous on the Boardwalk! Print the ad on the MTA’s Deals and Discounts web page to buy one at regular price and get a second Nathan’s hot dog for 5 cents, through December 31. Save $7 on a Luna Park weekday wristband. And save $2 at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park off the purchase of a Kiddie Park 10 pack. Go to, look for “Tourist Information” in the lower left of the home page, click on “Deals and Getaways” and print the Coney Island page to redeem these offers.

Show your Metro Card at Historic Trust Houses around the city for great deals.

Show your MetroCard at any Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music Series concert* at The Morgan Library & Museum or the Brooklyn Museum and receive a ticket to the concert and all-day admission to the museum for only $20 — a $50 value! *Subject to availability. Click here.

Long Island Rail Road Deals & Getaways:

The LIRR offers The Montauk Village & Golf package to help customers discover the natural beauty at the tip of Long Island. Package includes discounted round-trip rail, taxi stubs to town, and a deals coupon with discounts at participating merchants. For golf lovers, a legendary course with ocean views is open 364 days of the year. Take advantage of our Montauk Village Package – offered daily (call 631-668-2428 for Montauk Chamber of Commerce information).

The LIRR is working closely with its East End partners and the Wine Council to promote this year’s “Taste of North Folk” events during Veteran’s Day Weekend Nov 9-11, where free shuttle service will connect at LIRR North Fork stations and transport visitors to various wineries and food establishments on the North Fork. Website:

Take advantage of the LIRR’s Port Jefferson Package – offered daily. This package includes round-trip rail to/from Port Jefferson Station, two Lindy’s Taxi vouchers and an LIRR/Port Jeff Deals Coupon – good for offers at participating merchants. Upcoming Events at Port Jeff include: 3rd Annual Harvest Festival: Oct 27; Dickens Festival: December 6 – 8th.

The Arches at Deer Park has more than 70 stores, a movie theater, ice skating in the winter and Tuscan Village style. The Arches is conveniently located a short distance from the Deer Park LIRR Train Station. The package includes rail fare to Deer Park station, Outlet Shuttle for a short ride to the center and a coupon book. On Saturday, Nov 16, the Annual Tree Lighting celebration commences with special appearances by a Radio City Rockette.

Metro-North Railroad Deals & Getaways:

Cultural escapes are offered year-round, with discount Getaway packages to museums and art centers throughout the Hudson Valley. Popular venues include Dia:Beacon, Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, Katonah Art Museum and the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack.

Relax aboard a Metro-North train and eat well during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week November 4– 17. Of the more than 150 restaurants participating, 56 are located near Metro-North train stations on the Hudson, Harlem, New Haven and Port Jervis lines.

Metro-North also makes it easy to enjoy the Hudson Valley for more than a day, with hotel packages that include rail tickets, shuttle service and discount room rates. Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie to hop on the resort shuttle for Mohonk Mountain House and enjoy a timeless getaway at a Victorian style castle. Shop, dine and relax when you take Metro-North’s Harlem Line to White Plains and check into the Ritz-Carlton. Check into the 1850 House Inn & Tavern and you’re that’s just steps away from hiking and biking trails in the Shawangunk Mountains.

Metro-North is gearing up to take customers to the sloops, with the Thunder Ridge Ski Area getaway package going on sale, the first of December. This package makes it easy for customers to take the train, connect with a shuttle bus and get a lift ticket and ski rental all in one ticket!

It’s also easy to connect with area events and historic sites with overnight packages to Springhill in Tarrytown and the Yonkers Hampton Inn. These overnight packages include rail tickets, shuttle service to/from the station and nearby attractions.

“Superstorm Sandy brought our state and our transit network to their knees a year ago, but we not only survived, we have thrived and come back stronger than ever,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast. “Now thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo and the ‘Come See the Comeback’ campaign, we’re glad to show off all we’ve done and all the places the MTA can take you that have bounced back from Sandy. Our customers will be seeing the ‘I Love NY’ message throughout our network, and as we did right after Sandy, the MTA is once again demonstrating its power to drive our region’s economy — by urging our customers to get on board, travel the state, and see for themselves how New York has come back from Sandy.”

For more information about these discount rail and admission packages and Metro-North Deals and Station Stop Happenings for this fall, click “Deals & Getaways” at

Visit the Tourist Information banner at to begin planning a trip with the MTA. For more information on tourism in New York, visit

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