Today’s Article courtesy of Serpentorslair Contributor ‘Mitchell Smith‘!
Summers in Syracuse, NY end with the New York State Fair. I’m sure around the US this is probably the same ending for a lot of states as well as some county Fairs as well. Syracuse has been the central spot for the State fair since 1841 and is the longest running fair in the USA, although things have changed and grown over the years, there still are games and rides that are very similar to the first fair, but it has grown in attendance, rides, games, shows and restaurants. Last year the 12th and final day of the fair brought in 122,870 people. One of the last acts at our New York State Fair is the demolition derby. We have had some big concerts over the years, names like Alabama, Alan Jackson, and Beach Boys to name a few. Our fair also presents a free show to all paying customers, this year includes Salt N Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Melissa Etheredge, and the Oak Ridge Boys. Our fair is also a great place to go and get great food, I like to get pulled pork from the Dinosaur Barbecue, pig wings from the Shamrock, and Pizza from Twinn Trees, all that have been serving Syracuse and the Fair for decades. One of the best places to eat at the fair is at the Native American Village.
After you walk through the vintage style Onondaga village, watch the Oneidas do a dance, then it’s time to have authentic corn soup and scones. If you want something a little more modern you can always hit the deep fry tent, they will deep-fry anything pretty much, Twinkies, Oreos, even ice cream. Outside of food there are many shows from circus acts to seals, amusement rides and games, horse shows, animal buildings, and everything under the sun to watch.
I wasn’t much of a fair person as a kid. I guess my parents never took us to things like that so I was depraved. I June of 1997 I borrowed a 1985 Mercury wagon from my dad, $200.00 bucks from my buddy, packed up all my personal belongings and headed from a small town in the Adirondak mountains and headed to the city. That summer I experienced my first fair. It may have been comparative to my first trip to Disney which I would experience about 12 years later. I have been to the New York State Fair many times since that summer of 97. I have seen many concerts, played games, walked countless miles and sure have eaten a TON of food, but one of my best memories has always been the company I went with. Mostly family, but there is nothing like sitting down after a long hot day and enjoying a coffee and a fresh apple fritter in the now cool crisp air. So I hope everyone had a great summer and if you ever get a chance to check out the Great New York State Fair it definitely is worth it if you are willing to put in a 15 hour day and go through the whole thing.
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