Finding Christmas gifts while at the Fair

New York State Fair

It’s summertime at the great New York State Fair, but around most corners, is a hint of Christmas. It begs the question — are people really Christmas shopping on the fairgrounds?

We asked a few people out and about on the Fairgrounds.

“We plan ahead, all the Christmas shopping,” said Demetria Luces. “They think I’m asking them questions about what I’m going to buy now. It’s for stuff later. I hide it. We’ve gotten decorations for their room for different sports team. Bags and things like that and we hide them in the house.”

Luces assured us we were not spoiling any surprises for her children who were standing by.

A popular spot for presents — the Horticulture Building, which features several Taste NY products. 

“I do a lot of Christmas shopping at the Fair, so I’m not surprised other people do,”  said Amanda Hewitt, Nelson Farms product development manager. “We have a lot of products here that aren’t available anywhere else except our store. So, people come in and they come in once a year and they get products in other states and other parts of the state that they can’t get anywhere else.”

While some fairgoers are voluntarily Christmas shopping, others don’t even know they’re doing it.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done it but it’s possible that I have because I’ve been doing this for 70 years,” said Julie Bailey. 

There might be 12 Days of Christmas to look ahead to, but for now, we have 13 days of the NYS Fair.

For more information on local products found at Nelson Farms, click here. 

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