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The Great New York State Fair

4-H at the Great New York State Fair

2016 NYS Fair - August 25th - September 5th
GPS Location:  581 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13209 
4-H Youth Building Location: Near Gate 4; near Indian Village and Birthing Barn

4-H at State Fair is synonymous with fun, excitement, discussing the latest chocolate-dipped food items, and more! For 12 days, youth from around New York are invited to attend Fair as representatives of their county Cooperative Extension and 4-H offices. The 4-H Youth Building offers a dorm upstairs to accommodate youth and families attending Fair.

New York State 4-H Youth Developoment is fortunate to have continued support from the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets and Cornell University for our strong presence at State Fair. Through our parntership, we are committed to an engaging experience for families. We highlight the best of 4-H, positive youth development, and New York itself through a focus on: agriculture and animal care; public presentations; renewable energy; health and fitness; robotics; teen leadership; and more. 

Each county in New York has an opportunity to attend Fair and participate in events and show animals or exhibits. Counties are assigned a 4-day rotation for exhibiting in the 4-H Youth Building. The 4-H Youth Building and our many animal barns act as showcases of our youth's learning and effort to make their best better. Inside the 4-H Youth Building, near Gate 4, county booths are spaces for interactive activities and exhibits for Fairgoers of all ages. You can find your county's schedule here:

2016 4-H State Fair County Rotation Schedule [to be posted by May 1]

4-H youth, ages 8 - 19 years of age, participate in State Fair and are provided opportunities to:

  • Display exhibits or offer presentations that demonstrate what they have learned
  • Enhance individual learning & skill development
  • Receive recognition or participate in invitationals based on county or District achievement
  • Learn & recognize standards of quality
  • Learn & apply research-based subject matter
  • Promote public awareness of the 4-H Youth Development program
  • Have fun

  • Fairbooks and Schedule (Youth Building and Animal Science Events)

New York State Fair Official Website



    Information for 4-H Staff and Volunteers