New York State Fair
Opening Day
August 25, 2005

We checked the weather, and since it may be quite hot the next 10 days, we decided to go to the fair today.  If you plan ahead, you can get advance sale tickets for $6 instead of the regular $10 admission.  We looked forward to seeing the animals, eating fair food, and looking at the rides and exhibits.

We checked out the butter sculpture, a fair fixture. 
It looks like it is about half life-size.  It is kept in a glass walled refrigerated room at 55 degrees.
But we really wanted to see the chickens.  We hurried to be there in time for the rooster crowing contest.

If you have a rooster to enter, you can pay the $6 entry fee.  If your bird crows more than the other 11 in the competition, you win $10.  But that also enters your bird in the last day championship contest, where the grand prize is $25.   As the farmer said when he won the state lottery,  "I guess I plan to keep farming until the money's gone."

The poultry building (which also houses rabbits) is huge.
This next photo shows about 1/4 of the first floor.
The birds are stacked two or three high.
Lots of them had very strange feathers.

But there are not only chickens, geese and turkeys.

These doves look almost Elizabethan in their ruffs.

And this guy was certainly a wild hare !

There were litt
le horses and big horses.

This little horse is being shown by a child.

These are  Clydesdales.  They are impressively large.

Five hours of walking the 200 acre fairground, and we felt just like these little piggies.
Especially after the sausage sandwiches and fried dough.  Yum.

And there were llamas.

Another beautiful day. 
There is lots to do in central New York.

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This has been a spring and summer of getting around.

You can see those pictures:
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

Other interests: 


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Stride of Central New York

Flower and Garden 
Flowers, etc
Pink and Purple 
June 6, 2000
July, 2000 


Flower and Garden 
Animals hummingbirds
robin baby
Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus
Hummingbird Moth
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior
July 98
Christmas 98
Liz/George Wedding
Wendy & Sam

Links to all the Baby pages for Frankie and Peri


Published 8/25/05
Photos by Leslie or David

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