‘Christmas in August’ at the Fair

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GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Christmas…in August? The New York State Fair plans to celebrate the holiday on Sunday, August 25th.

The special event will be held at the Expo Center and celebrates “the coolest holiday at the hottest time of the summer with special events, a display of antique sleighs, Christmas movies and more.” Admission is $1 for anyone donating a new toy, which will then be given to a non-profit agency that provides gifts for underprivileged children.

Children will be able to see and take pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Expo Center. They’ll also be able to drop off letters to Santa in special mailboxes. Live reindeer will be on display at the same time. The classic Christmas movie “Elf” will be screened in the evening in the Expo Center. In the Art & Home Center, a special cookie decorating competition will take place, and at the Fair’s entrance gates, lost child tags will be adorned with Christmas-themed Fair stickers.

The highlight of the day is the Olympic-style competition called the Santalympics, taking place from 2 – 5 p.m. Entrants will wear Santa suits as they qualify by taking on a holiday-themed obstacle course that includes such holiday hazards as climbing over piles of presents and untangling Christmas tree lights. Qualifiers then move on to a present-wrapping race, pinning the snowball on Buddy the Elf, and Santa’s Feast — a speed-eating contest consisting of cookies, fruitcake and (New York State Fair Milk Bar) milk. Finalists compete for the gold medal in a Christmas music karaoke competition with live celebrity judge reactions. To enter the Santalympics, people must post pictures of themselves wearing a Santa suit here, in the contest entry section of the Fair’s Facebook page. Entries end Monday, August 21. The first 100 qualified entrants will be selected. Winners will be immediately notified and given admission tickets and parking for the day.

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