A Taste of the NYS Fair

By WBNG News

August 31, 2010 Updated Aug 31, 2010 at 6:19 PM EDT

Geddes, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Great New York State Fair is a summer tradition for many families. Much of that tradition centers on the food you can find on the fairgrounds.

Matt Markham was in Syracuse and gives us a taste of what the Fair has to offer.

If you're a fan of the Fair, you've got a plan. Right when you arrive, you know exactly where you need to go and eat first.

For many, it's corn on the cob, dipped and dripping with butter.

"It's local corn, it's grown right here in Mexico. We have a farmer that grows it specifically for us here at the Fair. It's a special variety of super-sweet corn, and that's why you can't find this corn at the grocery store," said David Tadros, who owns the Fresh Roasted Corn booth near the dairy cattle barn.

Migrate over to the Horticulture Building and indulge in another fair favorite.

"The potatoes are fresh out-of-the-ground. They're New York State. Our grower just sent them to us yesterday," said Connie Manfrates at the Great Potato Booth.

In fact, the one dollar baked potato is still one of the best deals going at the New York State Fair. By the Fair's close, Manfrates says the booth will have gone through 50,000 baked potatoes.

"It's still a dollar, it's always been a dollar, and you get all the toppings you want," Manfrates said.

If it's fried or grilled, you can eat it here And for desert, arguably the most popular sweet treat: pizze fritte.

"My father started this business fifty years ago. This is our 50th anniversary. We started giving out free samples, and they were 15 cents a piece back then," said Grazi Zazzara. He owns the Villa Pizze Fritte right next to the Lottery booth

Years later, the people still line up. After all, the Fair only comes around once a year.

"The fair's like your grand finale. You get one million people over twelve days. That's a lot of people, and a lot of fun," Zazzara said.

And over twelve days and all those people, can you imagine how much food that is?!

If you're a fan of the sweet foods too, dentists from across New York will be doing free screenings for all, and cleanings for kids.

The Fair saw record crowds over the weekend, with over 115-thousand people on Saturday. Fair organizers say there could be record crowds again tomorrow.

Many of the vendors, exhibitors, and visitors to the State Fair are from right here in the Southern Tier. Tomorrow on Action News, some local connections to the Fair.

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