What is the New York Experience at the NYS Fair?

The New York State Fairgrounds now includes more than 5 acres dedicated solely to New York's outdoors. (Brett Hall/CNYCentral.)

Beyond the roar of the midway you will now find a place to collect your thoughts at the Great New York State Fair.

It's a wide open space hugged on two sides by the former racetrack barns. The centerpiece is a pond with three fountains that provide a constant sound of soothing running water.

This is only the beginning.

"It's still in the planning stages," Troy Wafner, the acting fair director, said. When you look at the New York experience area with the pond and the 5 or 6 area festival lands. We talk about expanding it. That's going to be the gem of the fairgrounds in 5 years I think."

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