Feb. 26-28, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York

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The 30th annual New York Farm Show, held at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, Feb. 26-28, will feature more than 400 commercial exhibitors with innovative products and plenty of services on hand to fill six buildings.

“Last year’s 29th show was very successful. Now, as we enter into the 2015 show, we can see that there is still new and fresh ideas to be found in the agricultural industry,” said Scott Grigor, show manager. “We have seen the show grow so much over the years, and with our continued growth we find that we are always looking to maximize our space of over 230,000 square feet indoors.”

The annual event will involve young people from 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Morrisville State College Agricultural Engineering Club. Members of the Oneida County 4-H Teen Council will greet attendees upon entrance.

“These outstanding young adults have been involved for many years and are true professionals,” Grigor said.

The 4-H will be selling hitch pins at the entrances as a fundraiser. The pins are $5 each or five for $20. The FFA and FFA Alumni conduct the Friday night toy auction. The auction is organized by the FFA Alumni, and members of the FFA State Officer team will assist them.

Young people are the future of the agricultural industry, and New York Farm Show supports them in their efforts of promotion and fundraising.

Close to 420 commercial ag exhibits overflow six huge heated buildings.

With their involvement in the show, these young people gain excellent exposure to the agricultural industry. “It’s the premier indoor farm show in the Northeast and an opportunity to showcase the agricultural youth with pride,” Grigor said.

The New York Farm Show will also host the 21st annual Future Farmers of America Toy Benefit Auction in the Empire Room of the Arts and Home Center, at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. As they did last year, the LeClar brothers, Dick and Jerry, owners of LeClar Bros. Auction Service in Boonsville, New York, will reside over the event.

Hundreds of antique and collector toys plus other donated relics go on the auction block to benefit the Bob Watson Memorial FFA Scholarship program. Last year, the benefit auction generated more than $2,500, according to Roger Barkman, president of New York State FFA Alumni Association.

Admission is $ 5 at the door; children under 18 are free. But tickets are available to you free from your Northeast Equipment Dealers or by writing to New York Farm Show, P.O. Box 3470, Syracuse, NY 13220. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request received by Feb. 15. Parking is free, and shuttle buses run all day to the show buildings. For more information, visit the show website at: http://www.newyorkfarmshow.com.

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Directions to the New York Farm Show

New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, New York.

From the North

Take I-81 south from Watertown, New York, to I-690 west (Exit 23A-B), also known as the Bear Street west exit in Syracuse. Follow I-690 west about 1.7 miles to the Solvay exit (Exit 7) and the New York State Fairgrounds. Turn right onto State Fair Boulevard frontage road. Follow signs and parking attendant directions.

From the South

Take I-81 north from Binghamton, New York, to I-690 west (Baldwinsville Exit) in Syracuse. Follow I-690 west to the NY Route 297/Solvay exit (Exit 7). Follow frontage road to State Fair Boulevard. Signs and attendants will direct you to parking.

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From the East

Pick up I-90 (New York State Thruway) west, west of Albany, New York. At Syracuse, take the I-481 south exit (Exit 345A). Follow I-481 South to I-690 west (Exit 4). Follow I-690 west to the NY Route 297/Solvay exit (Exit 7). Follow frontage road to State Fair Boulevard. Signs and attendants will direct you to parking.

From the West

Take I-90 (New York State Thruway) east from Buffalo, New York, to I-690 east (Exit 39). Follow I-690 east to NY Route 297 (Exit 7) towards New York State Fairgrounds. Follow signs and directions to parking.

’Farm Show Discounts’ provided at these hotels

Syracuse area hotels and motels gear up hospitality and accommodations for the New York Farm Show.

Hotels and motels in the Syracuse, New York, area eagerly await New York Farm Show visitors and exhibitors. Ask for their special “farm show rate.” Note: Special rates may apply only to advance reservations.

The first one is the headquarters hotel. The others are listed alphabetically:

Ramada Inn, 1305 Buckley Road, N. Syracuse; 315-457-8670. Approximate cost: $82 with complimentary continental breakfast; restaurant on-site.

Best Western Carrier Circle, 6555 Old Collamer Road South, East Syracuse; 877-237-8980. Approximate cost $79 with complimentary breakfast; restaurant on-site.

Best Western Fairgrounds, 670 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse; 315-484-0044. Approximate cost: $75 with complimentary continental breakfast; restaurant on-site.

Best Western Plus Liverpool, 136 Transistor Parkway, Liverpool; 315-701-4400. Call for special rates. Complimentary continental breakfast; restaurant next door.

Comfort Inn Fairgrounds, 7010 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse; 315-453-0045. Approximate cost: $75. Near fairgrounds. Free hot breakfast; restaurant next door.

Comfort Suites Cicero, 5875 Carmenica Drive, Cicero; 315- 752-0150. Call for special rates. Complimentary continental breakfast; restaurant next door.

Courtyard by Marriott, 6415 Yorktown Circle, E. Syracuse; 315- 432-0300. Call for special rates. Breakfast only.

Days Inn Brewerton, 5552 Bartel Road, Brewerton; 315-676- 3222. Call for special rates. Complimentary continental breakfast; restaurant next door.

EconoLodge University/Downtown, 454 James Street, Syracuse; 315-425-0015. Approximate cost: $75. Free continental breakfast.

Genesee Grand Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse; 315- 476-4212 or 800-365-3663. Approximate cost: $109 per night; restaurant on-site. Courtesy car to New York Farm Show.

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Hampton Inn Syracuse/North, 417 7th North Street, Liverpool; 315-457-9900. Call for special rates. Complimentary breakfast.

Holiday Inn Express/Fairgrounds, 6946 Winchell Road, Warners 315-701-5000. Five miles from Fairgrounds. Call for special rates. Complimentary breakfast bar.

Homewood Suites, 275 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool; 315- 451-3800. Call for special rates. Complimentary breakfast; restaurant on-site.

Quality Inn Liverpool, 401 7th North Street, Liverpool; 315- 451-6000. Approximate cost $89. Complimentary breakfast; restaurant next door.

Red Roof Inn, 6614 North Thompson Road, Syracuse; 315-437- 3309. Approximate cost $55-$67.

Super 8 Motel, 421 7th North Street and Buckley Road, Liverpool; 315-451-8888. Call for speical rates. Complimentary breakfast; restaurant next door.

Western Ranch Motor Inn, 670 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse; 315-484-0044. Near fairgrounds. Approximate cost: $65. Complimentary continental breakfast; restaurant on-site.