There will be fear at the Fair starting this weekend, as Fright Nights at the Fair return for another year of scaring people out of their wits. The chills, thrills, and screams begin Friday and run for five weekends in the Beef Barn at the New York State Fairgrounds. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Two attractions are new this year — a Clown Prison full of sad and terrifying convicts, and The Crypt. The Haunted Hayride has been upgraded to a 3-D experience. Returning are three attractions — the Dungeon of Doom, the Hostel, and Haunted the Mansion. In addition, there are non-scary carnival rides for young children. Food and drink vending will be available.
The organizers do not recommend the thrill attractions for children younger than age 9 and advise that parents should use their discretion.
Ticket prices are $10 for a single attraction, $15 for the 3-D Haunted Hayride, and $20 for all attractions and the hayride.
Fright Nights at the Fair are just one of several reasons to spend time at the Fairgrounds this weekend. The Fifth Annual Anime Syracuse Convention takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Art & Home Center. The convention is a festival for fans of anime, the Japanese style of colorful animations featuring storylines rich in fantasy. Admission to Saturday's event is $35, while admission to Sunday's event is $20.
Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the show. The convention features panels to discuss types of anime and favorite characters or series, vendors selling related items, card and computer gaming events tied to anime, screenings of many anime shows and films, and an anime art show.
A featured event involves a luncheon headlined by three major voice actors in the anime community - Cherami Leigh, who has voiced many anime characters in animations and games and was featured as Ginnie Warwick on NBC's Friday Night Lights, Bryan Massey, who appeared in Oliver Stone's film "W", and Alexis Tilton, who has appeared in more than 40 anime projects.