A new addition to the state fairgrounds will celebrate the history and cultures of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders.
The Asian Village will feature traditional Asian food and entertainment. There are also plans for a fashion show with models representing 20 different nations.
The village, which joins the Indian, Latino, and Pan African Villages, will run from the fair’s opening day on August 23rd through the 26th.
It can be found closest to Gate 4 by the Youth Building.
“New York’s diversity is what makes our state so great, and Asian Village at the Great New York State Fair will help to ensure all of our state’s cultures are celebrated and represented,” Governor Hochul said. “By creating a space that embraces Asian heritage, we will make our State Fair more welcoming to all cultures while also educating New Yorkers on Asian traditions.”
Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets said, “As much as The Fair is a celebration of New York agriculture, food, and entertainment, at its core, it’s a celebration of all people. It is a priority for the Department of Agriculture and Markets to make sure that The Fair is a welcoming place for all visitors, and a place where we can celebrate our unique heritage and cultural backgrounds. I couldn’t be more excited for Asian Village to join Pan African Village, Latino Village, and Indian Village as destinations within The Fairgrounds.”
Interim New York State Fair Director Sean Hennessey said, “We are excited about this opportunity to create a place that comes to life with smells, flavors and experiences to celebrate the Asian culture. It’s important that everyone feels like there’s a place for them at the Great New York State Fair and adding Asian Village is a great way for us to continue to enhance our celebration of all New Yorkers. It’s our hope that regardless of their background, when people come here – whether they come to learn about the history of New York State, watch a concert, or eat their way through delicious foods and drinks – that they’ll also walk away learning more about their neighbors in other communities.”