4-H at the Great New York State Fair
2017 NYS Fair - August 23th - September 4th
GPS Location: 581 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13209
4-H Youth Building Location: Near Gate 4 and Indian Village
2017 State Fair 101 (4.25.17)
Zoom/Webinar Recording (coming soon)
NYS 4-H State Fair 2017 Updates:
The NYS 4-H State Fair Leadership Team has appreciated the rich dialogue that started during the 2016 Fair and has continued through State Fair Advisory Committee meeting in Syracuse earlier this month. The information below is an update and outline of how we will be moving forward in 2017 as part of a longer term process to re-imagine and recreate the 4-H effort in the Youth Building and throughout the fairgrounds. You will find the information on all major facets of the effort and the points of contact for each area. Please reach out to the contacts directly with any questions you have at this time!
Getting Ready for State Fair Webinars
We will be hosting webinars in April and May that will be announced in Friday News on March 31. The first will be a general webinar with the full State Fair Leadership Team, followed by regularly scheduled topic-specific webinars focused on rotations and dorms, activity spaces, evaluation, theme plans, teen leadership, and more. The topic-specific webinars will be interactive and conversational in design to help solidify and clarify plans. We invite your participation in helping to shape the plans before, during, and after the webinars. For more information please contact Nigel Gannon.
After a great deal of discussion and consideration we will not be implementing any changes to the structure this year, although we will continue to explore changes in the rotation schedule for 2018 and beyond that have the potential to advance our overall goals and vision for the Youth Building.
- 3 rotations of 4-days each, starting on Thursday and ending on Labor Day
- accommodations will remain and be encouraged for sharing booth space—be it across all three rotations (12 days) or within a rotation (4 days or 2 days each across two counties)
- the Youth Building will again be open Tuesday morning after Labor Day for those needing to break down and pick-up exhibits
- specific rotation schedules will be announced and shared by the first week of April.
For more information, please contact Tom Davis and Adam Davis.
Theme: Food Security and Food Systems
We are using a broader theme this year to pilot some new ideas and explore the potential of this idea that was strongly supported in the State Fair survey this past fall. There will be a webinar specific to the theme concept.
County Challenge: we are asking counties to prepare to display at least one exhibit in support of the theme for the year; counties will be assessed for creativity and more.
We will prepare necessary materials to facilitate the public’s visit and learning experience, seeking out your unique interpretation of Food Security (see also “4-H Trail below”).
For more information, please contact Jamila Walida Simon and Jenn Bassman.
4-H Activity Spaces
Our conversations about Fair have led us to the realization that primary purpose of 4-H participation at the New York State Fair (NYSF) is to advance the 4-H mission in an environment that creates unique positive youth development opportunities for participating youth. This include opportunities for youth to engage with positive and supportive adults in ways that enhance their overall 4-H experience and adds value to their local experiences, and supporting the development of career readiness skills for participating youth, particularly in the areas of responsibility, accountability, communication and teamwork. The 4-H Activity Spaces are designed to provide another opportunity to support this core value. We will move ahead with the following this year:
- New spaces will be dedicated as 4-H Activity Spaces for booth-based activities in larger, nearby locations that highlight the diversity of 4-H programs and activities and youth. Counties will register their teen leaders for available slots to lead activities throughout the day.
- The goal is to provide more space and options for hands-on activities (we will provide the materials and equipment), new integrated Teen Leader experiences that allow for interaction and teamwork among youth from different parts of the state, and easier, safer space for physical activities or other learning activities needing extra room.
For more information, please contact Alexa Maille and Autumn Lavine.
We will be creating an information and activity map, linking all 4-H (and CCE) sites on Fairgrounds—emphasizing the breadth and depth of the 4-H program and learning experience.
- this includes new and improved signage, informational materials, and maps
- the trail will emphasize the thematic linkages across sites
For more information, please contact Jenn Bassman.
Please contact Nigel Gannon, Andy Turner, and Tom Davis.
Jenn Bassman: jlb596
Adam Davis: afd7
Tom Davis: htd2
Nigel Gannon: tng22
Autumn Lavine: aml84
Alexa Maille: ask37
Bonnie Peck: bsp8
Jamila Walida Simon: jws62
Andy Turner: ast4
4-H at State Fair is synonymous with fun, excitement, interactive learning, 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; arts and crafts; 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:
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 learning
- 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
- Develop career readiness and teamwork skills
- Have fun
2016 Materials: (2017 information expected by 5/1)