I Went to the New York State Fair!

Can you believe it? I’ve lived in New York all my life, even a few miles away from the fairgrounds, and have never been. Finally, now that I am {unintelligible} years old, I went! It was a very pleasant experience. Here are some the highlights.

Hands down, our favorite part of the fair was the Harlem Wizards. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the Harlem Globetrotters. I always wanted to see them perform live, but I never got the chance. The Harlem Wizards, the brainchild of Howie Davis in 1962, were brought together to give the Globetrotters a little competition. And indeed they do! The boys and I loved their show. Swoop (Dwayne Simpson), Broadway (Eric Jones), RoadRunner James Tyndal) and G-Wiz (Gordon Malone) got the audience involved in a few games and really put on a great — but all too brief! — show. These guys rock!

Harlem Wizards

I also enjoyed the horse show. We got to “visit” with a few of the horses in the “waiting room” of the arena. They are such beautiful animals.


There was also an Iroquois longhouse display and an entire area devoted to local Iroquois tribes cultures and art, with loads of gift shops.

iroquois longhouse

Some of the displays were very nice. This is a handmade birch bark canoe, crafted from all natural materials.

birch bark canoe

About the clans

A group of folks put on an educational show. We didn’t get to see much of it, but it drew a good-sized crowd.

indian dance

My son loved the armored security vehicle. He is a military buff and was thrilled to explore the vehicle. We wanted to take the machine for a little spin, but (Private?) Mulholland forgot the keys. Nuts. 😉



It was a full day and we saw so much more. In the next post, I’ll have photos of the butter sculpture and more animals and other exciting displays, including a little interview with a dulcimer craftsman!

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Rena says:

    I can’t wait to go this weekend. The best part for me is the animals. There was a sea lion show a couple years ago that I only got the near end of but it was awesome. I hope that they have it again this year.

    I just noticed something. Your header for this blog is a picture taken in Lake George, correct? I have almost that same picture that we took 2 yrs ago.

    God bless

  2. Rena says:

    I saw that Iroquois dances as well and enjoyed them. I don’t remember the long house being there a couple years ago but I might have had to pass it over due to crowds. I will look for it this year.

  3. Those are some wonderful pictures. New York has so many wonderful attractions. The Iroquois tribal dancing looks fun. I wish I was there for the festival. Thanks for the great post.