The Six Nations Agricultural Society Indian Village at the New York State Fair officially opens on Wednesday, August 21st and runs through Labor Day on Monday, September 2nd. The Indian Village is one of the true landmarks and highlights of the annual 13-day summer event at the State Fair Grounds in Syracuse, NY.
Located near Gates 4 and 5, the Village is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can explore exhibits displaying Iroquois arts and crafts, visit vendor booths, watch social dancing and try their hand at the time-honored sport of archery.
The Soup House in the Village opens at 6 a.m. daily and serves breakfast, lunch or dinner, offering traditional favorites and daily specials.
Traditional Haudenosaunee dances will be held daily at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and each Nation will present an individual program at 2 p.m. on their specific day during the last week of the Fair. This year, Oneida Day will be Wednesday, August 28th.
Six Nations Day, or Indian Day, is Friday, August 30th and it features the thrilling Smoke Dance competition. The 3 p.m. event draws dance competitors from far and wide. Last year, Brooke Thomas (Wolf Clan) and Heath Hill (Wolf Clan) took home first place in their respective divisions while Nalani Hill (Turtle Clan) came in third in the girls ages 6-12 division. Don’t miss the Iroquois Indian Band, which performs on Indian Day as well.
The Indian Village is also home to a large wood carving of a Ceremonial Pipe, created by Oneida Chief William Rockwell in 1932, a birch bark canoe, a replica 16th century Longhouse, and much more. For more information on the history of Indian Village, check out our story here.
Call for Entries: Museum Exhibit Competition
Exhibit competitions are open to all Oneida Members in a variety of categories. Entries are due by 3 p.m., Monday, Aug 19 to Gail Semian at the Ray Elm Children & Elders Center. Pictures and paintings must already have hanging hardware installed. For more information or questions contact Sheri Beglen at (315) 829-8204.
CLICK HERE for the complete entry rules and regulations and division details.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the flyer and registration form.
Golf Tournament Fundraiser
The Six Nations Agricultural Society is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser on Sunday, July 28th at the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston, NY. The event is $150 per golfer or $500 per foursome through July 27th. Foursomes paying the day of will owe $600. The mission of the Society is to promote agriculture throughout all New York State tribes and the funds raised for this event will be used to support the efforts of the Society to provide education about Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture and traditions.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch available at 11:30 a.m. The scramble format tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Payment includes golf, lunch, dinner and player gifts and prizes. For questions, sponsorship opportunities or to register call 716-5533-9950 or email at email@example.com.