July 25, 2014
Syracuse, NY

Women’s Day at the Great New York State Fair Takes Place August 27

Women’s Day at the Great New York State Fair Takes Place August 27
Registration Now Open for Luncheon; Other Events Scheduled

Stress will make you sick, says motivational speaker Yvonne Conte, but the cure can be found at the annual Women’s Day Luncheon at the Great New York State Fair.  Conte will provide the keynote address for the Wednesday, August 27 luncheon in a talk entitled “The Seven Habits of Supremely Happy Women,” Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Registration for the Empire Room luncheon, which starts at noon and features New York produce and products, is underway.  A registration form and the day’s program can be downloaded from the Fair’s website, at http://www.nysfair.org/your-fair-visit/special-fair-days/.  People may also call the Fair at 315-487-7711 x 1265 to register.  The luncheon cost of $20 includes admission to the Fair and parking.

Conte is a Utica native and longtime Onondaga County resident who used her wits and tenacity to turn a series of standup comedy jobs into a rewarding career using humor to motivate others.  She notes that a recent Gallup Poll found that nearly 8 in 10 women feel stressed out either some or all of the time.  A sense of humor can help.  “Stress is not an event; it is our reaction based on our perception of an event. We are free to alter our perceptions,” Conte said.

Recently retired WCNY executive Liz Ayers will emcee the luncheon.

Those who are registered for the luncheon are also invited to a 10:30 a.m. coffee reception in the Empire Theater, which includes a presentation by Ann Sedore PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Crouse Hospital, on “Caring for the Care-giver.”

Food Network star Chef Anne Burrell is another major highlight of Women’s Day.  She will host a cooking demonstration at Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m.  Burrell is a Central New York native and the host of several shows on the popular cable channel.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. under the Pavilion on Chevy Court, women’s advocacy groups will hold a mini-fair to provide information.  Crouse Hospital staff will also provide free blood pressure checks.

And at 4:00 p.m. in the Empire Theater, the Christopher and Banks clothing store at Great Northern Mall in Clay will present a fashion show.

 The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  This year’s tagline – “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” – highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at [email protected].