It’s that time again, the start of the New York State Fair. Last year they tore down the grandstand and expanded the grounds. Here are the new gates. It’s my consistent experience that there is nothing more thrilling than the first approach down from C Lot on the first day of the fair towards the main gate under this or that sky –either bright, sweltering, or threatening. Does it call to mind something like Thunder Dome? The new gates are okay, except when they light up at night, the look cheap, like a Donald Trump casino.