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State Fair, Mets to Put 'Syracuse Butter Sculptures' on the Field
New York Ag Connection - 03/14/2019

The Great New York State Fair comes to the ballpark on July 13 when the Syracuse Butter Sculptures take the field at NBT Bank Stadium, in a first-of-its-kind event to promote the Great New York State Fair and benefit a local charity, Fair Director Troy Waffner and Syracuse Mets General Manager Jason Smorol announced. Players will wear specialty hats and jerseys for the day that will highlight the Fair's must-see Butter Sculpture, which is provided each year by the American Dairy Association North East. In addition, the first 1000 fans through the gates that night will receive a Scooch Butter Sculpture bobblehead. The 7:05 p.m. game pits the Mets' top farm club against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the top affiliate of the New York Yankees, in CNY's version of the Subway Series, the Interstate 81 Series.

The Syracuse club's season, which begins April 4 at home against the Pawtucket Red Sox, is the first under the ownership of the New York Mets. The Mets bought the formerly community-owned team in 2018 and agreed to a 25-year lease of the Onondaga County-owned stadium, as Governor Cuomo announced a $12.5 million investment towards a $26.25 million renovation of the stadium. The Mets are expected to generate 325,000 visits annually, with an economic impact of $6.6 million in spending in the region. The state's investment in the stadium and its facilities complements "CNY Rising," the region's comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow their economies.

"Our butter sculpture and baseball in Syracuse -- two great things that are going to be great together for a day. We're excited to enjoy a fun day at the ballpark and I know people are going to love rooting for their Syracuse Butter Sculptures. Go Butters!" said Waffner.

"We have tapped in to doing unique promotions and the most successful ones are those that really connect with the local community. The Butter Sculptures builds that connection with the Great New York State Fair and millions of fairgoers around the world. This is going to be fun," said Smorol.

NBT Bank Stadium will take on a Fair theme for the day of the game. Entertainment is planned for the area outside the Onondaga Coach Ticket Office at NBT Bank Stadium to welcome visitors. Food stands will sell fun fair-style products, including: Italian sausage sandwiches, fried dough, wine slushies and other fair inspired treats. In addition to the first 1,000 fans receiving a Scooch Butter Sculpture Bobblehead, courtesy of the New York State Fair, the Syracuse Mets players will be wearing one-of-a-kind, Butter Sculpture jerseys on the field. In true Fair fashion, "Mutts Gone Nutts" will entertain the crowd during the game with their on-field dog show. The evening will end with a fireworks extravaganza over the stadium.

The specialty jerseys, presented by Fidelis Care, will be worn by the players and auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Griffin's Guardians, a local non-profit which focuses on cancer research for children and provides help for families battling the disease. The post-game fireworks will be presented by Pinnacle Pools & Spas. Wegmans sponsors the Butter Sculpture during the Fair.

Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America's third largest state fair. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture and provides top-quality entertainment. The 2019 Fair runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2.

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