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Finding healthy food at the New York State Fair

The New York State Fair opened up today, and there’s no shortage of food there, but you might have a hard time finding healthy food.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 6:18 PM

When you go to the New York State Fair there are plenty of food options to choose from, but Tully Fairgoer Colin Byrne will tell you finding a healthy bite to eat isn’t an easy task.

"We were actually joking about how it’s going to cause me some heart problems in the future. I watched them dip the corn right in the butter, and it makes you feel really good right inside."

Yunjia Zhang is from China. She too had a hard time finding a healthy option. 

"It’s like when you see all the food vendors, you see just one color. You see fried. Brown, yellow stuff. You don’t see green. You don’t see red. You don’t see yellow. I don’t think it’s healthy for us."

Most of the food isn’t healthy, but the majority of fairgoers we spoke with don’t seem concerned about indulging at the fair. If you insist on finding healthy food, Nick Sanford tells us you just have to know where to look.

"I know that there’s some salad’s. I saw a thing the other day that if you go to the food finder and you type in salads, there’s like 10 options for that."

Even vegetarians like Grace Powell can’t resist some temptations. (Now even the corn’s probably covered with butter)
"Well that’s good. (You don’t care if it’s covered with butter?) It’s not a lot of butter. That’s good."

The State Fair is still considered an agricultural fair, so we got right to the root of what’s on farmer’s minds. Richfield Springs Farmer Michael Wolfe talked about how dairy farmers are facing tough financial times.

"As a farmer you don’t have a lot of control over your prices, the pricing, so your only avenue for success is being more efficient, which a lot of times means bigger."

Wolfe hopes to entice young people to take up farming, but knows that it’s going to be a tough future as a career option. 

"Technology today just goes forward, so we’ll keep coming up with more efficient equipment, more efficient ways to do things, so it will mean less farmers which is not the end of the world."

Just remember that when you’re eating your favorite food at the fair.

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