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50 NY County and Youth Fairs Awarded $10K


$500,000 has been awarded to 50 county and youth fairs across the state through the Agricultural Fairgrounds Advertising, Promotion, and Education Program (AFAPEP). The program supports marketing projects at each of the fairs to increase visitors and connect New Yorkers to agriculture. Funding for the program was provided in New York State’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget.

Administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the AFAPEP is providing funding to agricultural and horticultural corporations and county extension service associations that sponsor an annual fair or exposition for the promotion of agriculture and domestic arts. Each eligible fair sponsor in New York State has been awarded $10,000 in funding under this program, with a total of 50 projects awarded.

The program’s goals are to:

  • enhance and encourage visitor participation and appreciation of agriculture and domestic arts,
  • expand on existing efforts to attract visitors and showcase agriculture, and
  • expose consumers to the fairs’ brands and create meaningful, long-lasting brand recognition.

Awarded projects will share stories and experiences of local agriculture to expand knowledge of the agricultural industry in New York, while bringing greater awareness to visitors that some of the best agricultural products in the world are produced right here in New York State. The project additionally aims to use educational endeavors to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. All of this will translate into more fair visits, more revenue to New York State county fairs, and an increased economic benefit in New York State communities.

AFAPEP funds may be used for logo development, social media design consultation, app design, local artwork and design for promotions, consumer marketing campaigns, traditional or digital marketing campaigns, fair signage for main entrance and agriculture exhibits, online ticketing development and other website improvements, and more.

To further build on the promotion of our county fairs, Governor Hochul also announced a County Fair Passport Program as part of her 2024 State of the State Address. The Department of Agriculture and Markets is currently designing an agricultural fair passport program that will encourage attendance at the State’s county and youth fairs by allowing fairgoers to collect stamps at each fair they visit. The program will be launched ahead of the 2024 fair season. The State is additionally launching a $1 million marketing campaign aimed at driving New Yorkers and visitors to local fairs across the state, which will be kicked off later this spring.

Julia Reynolds, President New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs said, “The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs appreciates this opportunity for fairs across New York State to receive funding for advertising, promotion, and education programs. This funding will support the continued efforts by fairs in connecting the public with agriculture.”

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