Lo­cal schools to strut their stuff

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GED­DES, N.Y. » As the Fair heads into its fi­nal week­end, two lo­cal groups will be high­lighted on Satur­day dur­ing Tim­ber Sports and Forestry Day.

The Ver­non-Verona- Sher­rill FFA will of­fer sam­ples of its maple syrup and put on a maple syrup farm­ing dis­play. At the lo­cal col­le­giate level, Mor­risville State forestry stu­dents will take on com­peti­tors from SUNY ESF and Paul Smith’s Col­lege in a slew of events in­clud­ing log rolling, axe throw­ing, speed climb­ing and more.

Spe­cial days at the Fair for the next three days in­clude:

Thurs­day, Aug. 31:

•Armed Forces Day - Any ac­tive duty or vet­eran re­ceives free ad­mis­sion. There will be spe­cial Armed Forces Day cer­e­monies be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. at the Veter­ans Me­mo­rial. Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Home En­ter­tain­ment will join the Fair and pro­vide fair­go­ers with sneak peak clips of the film Me­gan Leavey.

•Dairy Day - This day is the Fair’s ode to New York State dairy farm­ers. There will be a spe­cial milk­shake con­test and the tra­di­tional dairy pa­rade at 6 p.m. Fair­go­ers are en­cour­aged to visit the Dairy Prod­uct Build­ing and try out white or choco­late milk at the milk bar and visit with State Dairy Princesses.

•You Set the Record Day - The Fair will drop ticket prices to $1 as a thank you to at­ten­dees for set­ting the sin­gle-day Fair at­ten­dance record on Sun­day, Aug. 27.

•Speed­way at the Fair Day - Vis­i­tors with ticket stubs from the Oswego Speed­way or Watkins Glen will re­ceive $1 en­try.

Fri­day, Sept. 1:

•Six Na­tions Day - Na­tive Amer­i­cans re­ceive free ad­mis­sion at the Fair on Fri­day, and the Six Na­tions will be fea­tured in the daily pa­rade at 6 p.m.

•SU and NY Sports Day - Fair-go­ers sport­ing a hat, t-shirt, or jersey of their fa­vorite New York am­a­teur, youth, school, col­lege or pro­fes­sional sports team re­ceive $1 ad­mis­sion as the Fair cel­e­brates Syra­cuse Foot­ball’s home opener.

Satur­day, Sept. 2:

•Grange Day - This day will high­light the achieve­ments of the New York State Grange or­ga­ni­za­tion and the group’s ef­forts in sup­port­ing agri­cul­ture and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

•Tim­ber Sports and Forestry Day - The New York State Ex­pe­ri­ence Area will host sev­eral events that high­light the state’s forestry in­dus­try. From a draft horse de­mon­stra­tion at 10:30 a.m. to meet and greets with pro­fes­sional lum­ber­jacks, the day has a va­ri­ety of spe­cial events. Ad­di­tion­ally, SUNYESF, Mor­risville State, and Paul Smiths Col­lege will com­pete in events such as cross­cut and bow­saw, axe throw, un­der­hand chop, logrolling, speed climb­ing, and more.

The Ver­non-Verona-Sher­rill FFA will be in at­ten­dance at the Fair as well, of­fer­ing sam­ples of their maple syrup and an ex­hibit on maple farm­ing.

The Chevy Court con­cert lineup for the next few days in­cludes head­lin­ers such as:

•LeAnn Rimes on Thurs­day, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.

•Blue Oys­ter Cult on Fri­day, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.

•DNCE on Satur­day, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

Run­ning through the Fair’s end on La­bor Day, ad­mis­sion dur­ing Spe­cial Fair Days will be $1 for se­lect guests, which in­clude col­lege stu­dents.

The fair set an all-time sin­gle-day at­ten­dance record of 123,206 on Sun­day, and an­other mile­stone was reached on Mon­day when 88,943 peo­ple at­tended, a record for the date.

Last year, the state fair drew over 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple, also a record.

PHOTOS BY KAREN ALVORD — ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Fair go­ers take in the sights at the Great New York State Fair in Ged­des on Mon­day, Aug. 28, 2017.

Fair go­ers take in the sights at the Great New York State Fair in Ged­des on Mon­day, Aug. 28, 2017.

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