The Great New York State Fair is always a gracious host to SUNY Cobleskill, and to all who come to Syracuse to attend the 13-day spectacle. After setting multiple single-day and event-wide attendance records in 2017, the Fair set a record for overall attendance in 2018, reporting more than 1,279,000 fairgoers before wrapping up on Labor Day.
SUNY Cobleskill’s presence in Syracuse spanned the full length of the Fair. A dedicated team of volunteers including members of faculty and staff prepared and installed our booth, before Agriculture Career Day on August 23. Led by Dean of the School of Agriculture & Natural Resources Dr. Tim Moore, the day provides a chance to engage with young men and women exploring potential careers in agriculture. “SUNY Cobleskill’s focus on applied education leads to exciting careers many people do not know exist,” explains Dr. Moore, in an article on the Fair’s website.
One day later, the Fair hosted nine Ambassador Scholars, sponsored by the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation. SUNY Cobleskill was represented once again, this time by Ambassador Emily Hiller, a dairy production major. “AgVocacy” was the theme of the day, with the Fair welcoming the Ambassador program for the first time in 2018.
“The fair really opened my eyes to the many different ways the industry is coming together as a whole to promote agriculture and educate consumers,” Hiller tells Bayer CropScience in an article published by MarketScreener.com.
The popularity of 2017’s inaugural event compelled the Fair to schedule Timber Sports and Forestry Experience Day for the second straight year. SUNY Cobleskill’s Woodsmen were more than happy to return to Syracuse, putting on a display for fairgoers on the Fair’s penultimate day, September 2. Athletes from SUNY Cobleskill chopped, cut, sawed, and axed their way through Sunday. President Terenzio was on hand to take in the show – as were Spectrum News and outlets from Auburn, Utica, and Syracuse.
Fair season across the State is a chance for members of the SUNY Cobleskill community to showcase the variety of our talents and abilities. In addition to the State Fair, faculty, staff, students, friends, and alumni represent SUNY Cobleskill at the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, Washington County Fair, and more. With the season ending we proudly reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to representing our College next summer.