SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The day before the great New York State Fair is all about the details.
"Finishing up the ride inspections, getting all of the little amenities and things in place to make it look as beautiful as possible," said Ron Weber from Wade Shows Marketing.
Sometimes that means following a tried-and-true recipe for success.
"We try to run a really clean operation. We're prepping our food right now, we're cutting tomatoes and onions," said Charlie Hatem, King David's Restaurant Owner.
Or keeping up with the beauty ritual.
"We keep them clean, we keep them clipped, which is what Dan is doing right now, we keep them well fed," said Hatem.
But don't let the attention to the little things fool you. For many exhibitors, preps started weeks ago. Linda Byma is getting her show calves ready for a Sunday competition was a process along in the works.
"They get washed every single day with salon products. It's just continual – they never have a chance to get dirty. They get exercise every day," said Byma.
Officials with Wade Shows said getting ready for their first year at the fair was no small feat.
"Logistically, it's a big undertaking to put all the rides together, to put all the concessions, to put all the things in the right place, make them look nice, and then dress the whole thing once it's all together" said Weber.
While the day before the gates open is a hectic one, it's worth it for the statewide exposure the fair can offer.
"They give us more name recognition. More people come out here, they tend to visit our restaurants in the city. You meet so many people from everywhere and it's a lot of fun being out here," said Hatem.
The gates open at 9 a.m. Thursday, and day one is Governor's day.
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