Yesterday my daughter and I made our annual trip to the Great New York State Fair. There are alway lot a cool things to do, but here are a few of the things that we enjoyed the most!
We spent a few hours throughout the day in the Toyota Coliseum watching various horse shows. If anybody in your family loves horses, you should definitely plan to spent some time in there.
For lunch we found Hammi’s BBQ and tried their Bacon Bomb sandwich, which they describe as:
Thick Cut Bacon with Italian Sausage, crumbled Bacon, Cheddar Cheese & BBQ Sauce, smoked over Cherry Wood, served on a Fresh Steak Roll.
It sounded good, and it tasted even better! At $10.50 for a platter that included some nice beans and coleslaw, we had a good sized meal to share between the two of us. In fact, we both liked it so much that we went back there at dinnertime and had the same exact thing!
It looks like Hammi’s BBQ may have used to have a restaurant in Syracuse but now do just catering and special events like the Fair. That’s too bad — I would love to try their BBQ again sometime!
Wurlitzer Theatre Organ
When we walked into the Art & Home Center, I saw a sign for a Wurlitzer theatre organ 90th birthday concert. I’m always interested in music and music history, so we decided to check it out. When we got in the Empire Theatre we saw that they were handing out birthday cake for the organ (the organ did not eat much) — that was a fun little surprise.
The short concert was cool and included a number of both older and modern songs (the show started with “Let It Go”). The organist interspersed the songs with information about the organ. Afterwards, he invited people to come in small groups and tour the actual organ behind the stage (what you see the organist perform is just the organ’s console — all the pips and other parts of the organ are hidden away behind the theatre). This was incredibly cool! It is not everyday that you get to take a close look at such an old and rare instrument.
I am not sure if they are doing organ tours any of the other days of the Fair, but there are a number of organists on the schedule for the Empire Theatre, so it would be worth checking out regardless!
Monarch Butterfly Garden
The monarch butterfly garden in the Horticulture Building is well worth the $1 per person fee. You get a a nectar stick (okay, so it is actually a Q-tip) to feed the butterflies. There are a so many of them flying around in the exhibit and it is cool to be able to see them up close feeding. They must have thought my hair was pretty sweet too, as one perched on my head for a good portion of my time in the exhibit.
Saranac Craft Sodas
Speaking of things worth $1, when we were in the Horticulture Building I saw that Saranac was there and had a sign up stating “$1 craft sodas” (or something to that effect). Since my daughter and I enjoy craft soda we stopped by to see what it was all about. Turns out that they were selling full bottles of their sodas for only $1 each. What a bargain! Definitely better than the $10 (with free refills) sodas that we passed on at some outdoor food booths.