Monday, August 29 is the 33rd annual Dairy Day at the Great New York State Fair. Dairy-themed food events are scheduled throughout the day, including shows in the Chevy Court Pavilion, cooking demonstrations in several buildings and two celebrity dairy-themed contests. Monday’s daily 6 p.m. fair parade will feature vintage and modern milk trucks and the procession of dairy princesses.
Syracuse 93Q FM radio personalities Ted Long and Amy Robbins, the 2011 voices of the fair, will emcee the “Ready, Set, Shake” celebrity milkshake making contest at 10:30 a.m. in Chevy Court. Celebrity teams will compete for bragging rights in this timed challenge to create the tastiest milkshake.
Following the milkshake competition, NY State Assemblyman Bill Magee (111th District) will lead the NY State Big Cheese auction. Up for bid is a 40 lb. block of award-winning Gold Medal Cheddar, smaller blocks of cheese and cheese gift baskets. Fair visitors can taste samples of NY cheeses distributed by the state’s dairy princesses.
Cheese baskets are donated by the NY State Cheese Manufacturers Association. All proceeds from the Big Cheese auction are donated to support the Dairy Products building at the fair.
At the conclusion of the day’s dairy cow judging, about 3 p.m., the dairy spotlight moves to the Coliseum for the celebrity cow milking contest. Special guests will include B104 FM radio personality Becky Palmer from Syracuse. Dairy Day special events wrap up at 6 p.m. with the dairy-themed daily parade around Chevy Court.
Every day in the Dairy building, fair visitors can view the 43rd annual butter sculpture on display in the 360-degree revolving refrigerated case. Created by nine-year butter sculpture veterans Jim Vector and Marie Pelton, the 2011 butter sculpture tableau celebrates school cafeteria food service workers. Life-size children select breakfast foods from a cafeteria line, aided by a life-size depiction of a food service worker.
Also available daily in the Dairy building are these returning NY state fair favorites:
- 25-cent milk at the Rainbow Milk Bar
- NYS Cheese Showcase and Country Store booths
- Dairy Princess booth
- Dairyland Stage with free entertainment at 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
- Cheese carving by Sarah Bauman
- Free kids entertainment: Cowousel dairy-go-round, Moo’s Place
Other food events on tap on Monday, August 29 include cooking demonstrations in the Wegman’s Demonstration Kitchen in the Art & Home Center at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Also in the Art & Home Center, the Culinary department is holding its Cake Day competitions.
Monday’s Culinary competition classes include frosted cupcakes, cheesecake, fruit upside-down cake, pound cake, frosted layer cake and the Wilton Cake Decorating class. Results from each day’s Culinary competitions are available on the NY State Fair website.
- Thursday, August 25: Canned Foods, King Arthur Flour competition results
- Friday, August 26: Jams, Jellies and Pillsbury Pie competition results
Free admissions: Monday, August 29 is also the first half of the two Senior Citizens days. On August 29 and 30, seniors age 60 and older are admitted free. Kids 12 and under are admitted free every day.
Looking for more New York State Fair tips?
- See the full Chevy Court entertainment schedule for August 25 through September 4, 2011 at The Great New York State Fair.
- Subscribe to Syracuse Food to have Pat’s state fair best bets delivered free to your inbox.
- Visit Syracuse Local Music for information about about Talent Showcase, Chevy Court and Grandstand performances.
- Keep an eye on Utica Dogs and Syracuse Dog Training for information about the fair’s pet events and exhibits.