NY State Fair: What’s New and Different at the Dairy Products Building


What’s up? What is different? After last year’s show was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the show is back for 18 days. We sent our reporters through the Geddes Exhibition Center to tell you what to expect when you visit.

Place: Dairy Products Building

How is it going this year? With the exception of the lack of a live music stage in the spacious central area, this popular stop adjacent to Chevy Court hasn’t changed much. Come for the butter carving, stay for the hot beef sundae, a glass of 25 cent white or chocolate milk, an ice cream from Byrne Dairy and Perry’s, a Milky Bun, baked goods from Sweet Praxis, Barrett’s Fudge, a frozen cheesecake on a stick from Sterling Creek General Store, New York Skillet Mac & Cheese, Maurice’s Belgian Waffle and Mercer’s Wine Ice cream.

Pair of fairgoers create an animated GIF to share on social media at the American Dairy Association booth in the Dairy Products Building at the New York State Fair on opening day, Friday, August 20, 2021 . Marie Morelli | [email protected]

What’s up? A booth where you can create an animated GIF to share on social media, courtesy of the American Dairy Association.

Are people wearing masks? Are Covid-19 restrictions in place? Signs on the door advise everyone to wear a mask. Most people have complied, but you can’t wear a mask and drink milk at the same time. There was plenty of room to spread out when we were there, however. Don’t expect a lot of social distancing around the kiosk where you buy the tokens for glasses of milk.

Customers line up to buy tokens for the milk bar.

Customers line up to purchase tokens for the Milk Bar in the Dairy Building at the New York State Fair on opening day, Friday, August 20, 2021. Marie Morelli | [email protected]

What they say : Matt Serlin, a native of central New York visiting with his family from Boise, Idaho, said he felt fairly safe at the fair. Everyone in his group wore masks. “I feel like that’s all you can do. You do it the best you can. You have to live your life, ”he said.

Matt Serlin and his family pose for a photo in the Dairy Building at the New York State Fair.

Matt Serlin (right), a native of central New York visiting from Boise, Idaho, and his family visit the Dairy Products Building at the New York State Fair on opening day, Friday, August 20, 2021 . Marie Morelli | [email protected]

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