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$120 million plan to revitalize Great New York State Fair

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new events and activities for the 2017 Great New York State Fair.

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This is including a new home for the popular New York State Police exhibit, new major events such as Family Fishing Day and Timber Sports Day, and new Midway rides and entertainment such as the Broadway Skyliner chairlift ride.

The long list of enhancements builds on Governor Cuomo's $120 million plan to revitalize the nation's oldest state fair and delivers on the promise to create an attractive tourism destination that helps to grow the economy of the region.

The Fair is building on the most successful year in its long history, in which attendance of 1.12 million people smashed the prior record, by making major changes to important venues on the Fairgrounds.

These changes build on the Governor's two-phase rejuvenation plan, which, in the first phase, provided the Fair with a new, beautiful Main Gate and cleared acres of space for enhanced programming.

The second phase, to start after the Fair, will involve creating a new Expo Center to attract major year-round events that cannot come to the region now, as well as improvements to the Fair's largest parking lot to add parking and speed access to the lot.

Two final elements from Phase One of the project will make their debuts at the 2017 Fair.

The New York State Police Exhibit, one of the most popular stops of the Fair, has moved to a new home near the Horticulture Building in honor of its 100th anniversary.

The area, which includes two buildings, has been renovated to include a new, steel tower Troopers will use for their daily demonstrations of building rappelling techniques.

Inside one of the buildings, a log cabin, fairgoers can use a simulator that demonstrates the dangers of texting while driving and a forensic crime scene area, as well as a Wall of Honor to fallen Troopers and a place to sign up for the Trooper exam.

The other building will house an exhibit celebrating the Troopers' Centennial.

State Police Canines will have a new, air conditioned place to rest between shows, and all the exciting demonstrations that fairgoers enjoy will return.

In the Indian Village, a new Turtle Mound will become the home of the traditional dances that take place three times daily.

The mound has been built to resemble a turtle, an animal sacred to the Iroquois.

The village also received new roofs on its buildings and other renovations.

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