Cole Johnson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Broadcast and Digital Journalism students in the Radio/Audio News Reporting class took a trip to the State Fair recently. There, they captured some of the best sights and sounds from this year’s display. Want to see what they gathered? Check it out here:
Sasha Bull visited the Women’s Day fair, which was celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the start of women’s suffrage in Upstate New York. Some sound and visuals were taken from the one-day fair, promoting women’s advocacy and female health. Bull was able to speak with a worker from the Women’s Opportunity Center in Syracuse who was at the event.
Jacy Cola found interest in a puppet show that took place in the Science and Industry building. But, why a puppet show? According to Joe Nemier, a Tully Fire Lieutenant, the main goal is to teach children the importance of fire safety. Being a third-generation firefighter, Nemier has helped make this show an annual presence at the fair. It seemed pretty popular to the kids, which may keep Hector The Fire Detector around for a long time.
Marco Moy came across the birds of prey exhibit. Many different birds were on display and one of the trainers put on a show to inform the crowd about each bird.
Another animal joined the sights and sounds tour in 2019. Colette Jones found some goats and collected neat sound and video. The goats were part of the Goats, Llamas & Swine Barn.
The next animal on the list was a newborn calf, captured by Shawn Villeta. It was the first baby cow born that morning at 7:16 am, weighing in at 88 lbs. According to the Animal Agriculture Coalition, there would be 30 more calves born by the end of the State Fair.
Mackenzie Pearce went a different route: boat safety. She found a boating safety expert from Syracuse, Cliff Hopkins. Hopkins gave us a demonstration of how to properly put on a floatation device.
On the same track, Noah Cierzan covered the maritime museum. On display were several boats and other entities of the water life. Noah spoke with Bob Archambo, who has been showcasing a certain boat (1952 Century) for years at the fair. It’s a boat that hits close to home for Archambo, who used to race in a very similar boat with his brother.
Jonathan Danilich covered one of the bands who would be playing at the Chevy Court that afternoon. The band “Why Don’t We” was a fan favorite and had people waiting in line five hours before the concert. Many of them stood waiting to greet the band as they got off of their bus. Jonathan spoke to some fans who couldn’t help but share their excitement, which ultimately triggered some fan girl screaming.
Nicole Cox caught up with the Indian Village, specifically the Iroquois Nation. Nicole was able to gather sound from the traditional dance and song from the nation, which included performers from each of the five Iroquois tribes.
Bryan Hudnell captured some of the most interactive activities from the day. John Heard, a Syracuse public school teacher, was teaching people 500-year-old African drumming techniques. It is his 10th year teaching this to people at the fair, making it a fun and inclusive way to learn some music.
Claire Chicchi and Tyler Carr must’ve seen a lot of potential in John Hines, known as “Piper Jack.” Both students got sound and covered the bagpiper who is known for playing at events for nearly 40 years. He has quite the repertoire, playing several different warm up pieces along with “Amazing Grace” and other well-known songs for these events. And his sound didn’t disappoint.
Lastly, Alexandra King wrapped up this year’s montage with sounds from one of the military ceremonies. A band played the national anthem while many current and past military members stood in silence and then were marched out of the ceremony at the conclusion. It turned out to be a very patriotic way to honor the Central New York military families that have served our country.