State Fair

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

DRAFT NYS 4-H State Fair Vision and Policy Document (3MB; with header)

DRAFT NYS 4-H State Fair Vision and Policy Document (26KB; no header)

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Update: The Great NYS Fair is now 13 days long! 


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

NYS 4-H Code of Conduct

2016 Materials: (2017 information expected by 4/1)

Animal Science Premium Book

Youth Building Premium Book

Animal Science and Youth Building Daily Schedule of Activities