Although we’re disappointed the New York State Fair was canceled, we will bring you some of your fair favorites virtually through September 1 when we unveil the 2020 Butter Sculpture live on our Facebook page!
Here’s a rundown of our virtual fair schedule. We’ll update this post each day to include that day’s content!
Monday, August 24 — Virtual Dairy Barn Experience — While hundreds of families around the State would normally be camping out at the Fairgrounds and getting their cows ready for competitions, we’ll take you to three NY dairy farms to learn about different cow breeds and what goes into getting them ready for shows thru the eyes of the farm kids themselves.
Tuesday, August 25 — Virtual Butter Sculpting 101 — We’ll pull back the curtains and take you inside the refrigerated butter sculpture case with sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton to see how the sculpture is created. They’ll also provide some DIY sculpting tips for those who want to try it at home and enter the NY State Fair Butter Sculpture At Home contest.
Wednesday, August 26 — Virtual Dairy Products Building Experience — Whether it’s in a block or a curd or an ingredient in one of those famous NY State Fair culinary creations, cheese is a staple at the Fair. We’ve partnered with Tara from the popular blog Tara Teaspoon and Savor Recipes to demo some great dishes you can whip up at home.
Thursday, August 27 — Virtual State Fair Inspired Food — Food is one of the BIG attractions at the Fair and shouldn’t be missed just because you can’t be there in person. We’ve partnered with Tara from tarateaspoon.com and SavorRecipes.com to develop these awesome State Fair inspired recipes featuring delicious dairy that you can make at home.
Friday, August 28 — Virtual Celebrity Milkshake Contest/People’s Choice Vote – Every year, local media celebrities compete for the coveted “Best Milkshake” award. But this year, the contest will end a bit differently, because you will be the judge! Tune in to see your favorite local media celebrities compete in the annual milkshake contest. Then vote all weekend (August 28 thru August 30) for your favorite media milkshake team! The winner will be announced at 10 am on Monday, August 31 during the NY State Dairy Princess Day virtual experience.
Monday, August 31 — Virtual NY State Dairy Princess Day — The State’s dairy princesses promote the dairy industry throughout the year at schools, supermarkets, and fairs. Join us as the demonstrate how to make ice cream at home — a fun activity for the family! They’ll also announce the winner of the celebrity milkshake contest.
Tuesday, September 1 — Livestream Unveiling of the 52nd Annual NY State Fair Butter Sculpture — Have you guessed what it might be? Tune in to see the winners of the “Face in the Place” contest as the butter sculpture is revealed and wrap-up our virtual tribute to the NY State Fair with a virtual dairy day princess parade!
Patrick Carney is the Senior Director of Digital Marketing at American Dairy Association North East. Prior to joining ADA North East in 2018, Patrick worked as a marketing and communications professional in the healthcare industry. He has a master’s degree from the University of Florida in Mass Communications. Patrick lives with his wife and two kids in New Jersey.