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Morrisville State College Bolsters Presence at This Year's New York State Fair Aug. 21 Through Sept. 1

MORRISVILLE, NY—The nearly 1 million visitors who pass through the gates of The Great New York State Fair every summer to experience fascinating exhibits, an array of culinary delights, exciting entertainment and the best of New York state agriculture, will also be seeing a lot more from Morrisville State College this year.

The college has amped its presence at the 12-day event, which runs Aug. 21 through Sept.1, heralding the theme “Made at Morrisville.”

There will be plenty to admire at the Fair that’s been built, grown or made at the college—home-made ice cream, a living stream filled with fish raised in the Aquaculture Center, food from its food processing plant, Nelson Farms—even a hand-built canoe made by wood products technology students and faculty.

The college has moved from the Horticulture Building to the space formerly occupied by the Bartlett family’s Clydesdale horses, located near Gate 4 between the Coca-Cola Coliseum and the 4-H Youth Building. The building, taken over by the college last year, is also boasting a new look.

It’s brighter and there’s more room to showcase the colleges academic programs thanks to remodeling efforts of residential construction student, Brian Brown, of Norwich, NY.

“We wanted to display our many strengths and this building enables us to do that in one location,” Jessica DeCerce, director of public relations and coordinator of Morrisville State College’s presence at the fair, said.

Green and yellow flags flank the outside of the building which will feature exhibits and a demonstration by the Computer Information Technology Department. Six horses from the college’s equine program will occupy the stalls.

Visitors can obtain an array of information about the college and also speak to faculty and staff about the college’s program offerings, athletics and activities. Morrisville State College alumni are encouraged to stop by and access books to find fellow classmates and enjoy some history about the college.

Among the college’s additional highlights at the Fair is its presence in a new building, the Pride of New York Marketplace, which is being managed by the Morrisville State College Auxiliary Corporation through Nelson Farms. This former lottery building, located at the main entrance to the fair, resembles an old-time store stocked with food grown or produced in every corner of New York state.

Greeting visitors there will be a jovial, costumed cow, Molly, a mascot named after the college’s ice cream, Molly’s Choice. Products from more than 200 vendors will be for sale including the college’s ice cream, a variety of snack items, gourmet sauces, marinades, syrups, pastas and more, many made or packaged at Nelson Farms.

“We are happy to be a part of promoting products throughout New York state and helping entrepreneurs get exposed in different market areas,” Dave Evans, director of Nelson Farms, said.

Along the line of promoting local products, Doug Walters, executive chef of the Copper Turret, the college-run restaurant located in the village of Morrisville, will tout his culinary talents on Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Wegman’s Pride of New York Kitchen located in the McNeil & Co. Art and Home Center.

Walters, of Cazenovia, NY, was selected to participate in the Pride of New York Celebrity Chef demonstration where he will prepare a Duck Confit and Chioggia Beet Salad with Organic Plum Vinaigrette, using ingredients made almost entirely from New York state products. The step-by-step demonstration, which will last approximately 45 minutes, will also include information about the Copper Turret and local organic farmers he purchases products from.

In the Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) Building by the midway, the college’s aquaculture and aquatic science program will display a “living stream,” tanks filled with trout and tilapia raised in the college’s Aquaculture Center.

Next to it will be information about the many alternative energy projects at Morrisville State College, including the methane digester, wind mill and algae research by the college’s renewable resources technology program, echoing environmental sustainability and energy conservation— major themes of this year’s State Fair.

Equine faculty and students will also compete throughout the event with the Morrisville College Foundation’s six-horse Belgian hitch in the coliseum.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice, and human services to Chenango County area residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.



A biography on Doug Walters is available upon request.