Gates (State Fair 2016)


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.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to Gates (State Fair 2016)

  1. dmf says:

    oh well that sort of greasy neon look is in keeping with my general sense of the low end carnival that the fair has become, sadly not much blue collar ag left in upstate, i hear the new stage down by the toxic lake is pretty nice tho

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