2019 new york state fair

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Hundreds of members of organized labor didn’t seem too discouraged when it literally “rained on their parade” Monday morning at the state fairgrounds, as they chanted "We are the union, the mighty mighty union!"

Members of any number of unions ranging from carpenters to teachers marched through raindrops and puddles to show their solidarity.  But union membership nationwide is at its lowest in 65 years…at just over 10 percent.  Staffer at SEIU 1199 Lawrence Brooks says apathy is a factor.  

John Smith / WAER News

The final weekend of the State Fair is upon us and the specific days left will honor Native Americans, Latinos and raise awareness about substance abuse.  Friday is “Stomp Out Stigma Day” aimed to get family members and individuals support services to deal with addition to opioids and heroin.

provided photo / Onondaga Historical Association

The New York State Fair might not have survived the early 1900’s, or be in Syracuse, if it wasn’t for some over-the-top entertainment…held OFF the fairgrounds.   Here's how the Ka-noo-no Karnival united the community behind the fair and attracted many visitors.

John Smith / WAER News

We’re already at the halfway point of this year’s State Fair, and the attendance continues to grow.  Fair spokesperson Dave Bullard says they attribute that to major fair improvements to the tune of $120 million in recent years which allows people to sprawl out.

Scott Willis / WAER-FM 88.3

The service and dedication of the state’s law enforcement community took center stage Monday at the state fairgrounds.  Dozens of elected officials and fairgoers gathered at the memorial for the annual ceremony honoring those serving and those who died in the line of duty. 

Scott Willis / WAER-FM 88.3

For the first time in 15 years, visitors to the historic train exhibit at the New York State Fair will be able to tour an almost fully restored 1910 caboose that had its start in here Central New York. 

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The weather conditions might have put a damper on the first day of the New York State Fair in Syracuse.  However fairgoers still seemed to be finding their own fun … mainly inside. The Governor and other state officials also made some announcements. 

Scott Willis / WAER News

The 13-day run of the New York State Fair begins Wednesday, and officials say they’re gearing programming to reach a more diverse audience.  They’re trying to build on a 40 percent increase in attendance since the state poured $120 million into the fairgrounds.