NY – August 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / A new area of the Great
New York State Fair will host a brand new festival in 2017. La Feria
in the Fair, created by the Fair in collaboration with the newspaper CNY
Latino, will feature three afternoons and evenings of music, along with
crafts, merchandise, and food. The event takes place Friday, Aug. 25 -
Sunday, Aug. 27. It is the first major event to take place in the newly-opened
in the New York Experience area on the western end of the Fairgrounds,
which is the final piece of the renovations provided by Governor Cuomo’s
$50 million plan to re-energize the 127 year old facility. Applications
from vendors for the area are still being accepted.
“We work very hard to create
a state fair that is representative of the entire state, whether it’s in
signing up vegan or Kosher food vendors, Pride Day or the Pan-African Village,
or special days for Native Americans, seniors and others. So when we were
approached about creating a special festival within the Fair to celebrate
Hispanic culture, we jumped at the chance,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair
“La Feria in the Fair is
a great opportunity that the New York State Fair has given to us, not only
to feature our people and our culture in New York State, but also to place
another important ethnic group in this huge annual event, reflecting the
diversity the Empire State has and has always had.” said Hugo Acosta, Owner
and Publisher of CNY Latino.
The new Empire Stage in the
New York Experience area will serve as the center of La Feria, as talented
musicians from around the country take the stage.
The full schedule:
Alex Torres and his Orchestra.
This 12 piece salsa band, formed in Amsterdam, NY in 1980, has had its
music used on TV and in films and has performed for former President Clinton
at the New York State Democratic Convention.
Orquestra Antonetti with Victor
Antonetti, Jr. The eight piece Rochester salsa and merengue band, founded
by Antonetti’s father in 1970, has shared the stage with top performers
and has produced three CDs of the band’s music.
Afrikan2, of Rochester, is a
large band of musicians who are marrying salsa rhythms with the rhythms
of African music.
The festival aims to showcase
Hispanic culture. Vendors and exhibitors interested in being part of La
Feria can contact Acosta at 315-415-8593 or hacosta@CNYLatino.com.
Conjuntos Ecos Borincanos, at
3 pm Friday, August 25
Orquestra Antonetti with Victor
Antonetti, Jr. at 7 pm August 25. This performance will take place on the
Talent Showcase stage near the Youth Building.
Luis Amondo Calderon Chavez,
at 2 pm Saturday, August 26
Orquestra La Muralla at 4 pm
Saturday, August 26
Grupo Pagan at 6:30 pm Saturday,
Alex Torres and his Orchestra,
9 pm Saturday, August 26
BombaRoc, at 4 pm Sunday, August
Kevin Tapia, 6:30 pm Sunday,
Afrikan2, 9 pm Sunday, August
About the Great New York
York State Fair, operated by the New
York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August
23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Find
Your Great...,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing
The 375-acre New York State
Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it
first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality
of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for
the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches
of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger,
15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the
brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical
service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as
a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and
visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed
A year-round schedule
of events is available on the Fair’s
website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook,
follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and
enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair.
Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York
State Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Officer
NYS Department of Agriculture
New York State Fair
315-487-7711 x 1377