Spanning the 375-acre Empire Expo Center, the Great New York State Fair attracts approximately one million visitors annually and is the third largest state fair in the United States. The 12-day festival begins at the end of August and ends on Labor Day each year. In addition to rides, games and food, the fair also boasts a circus, petting zoo, strolling performers and daily parades. Visitors can also peruse numerous health, agricultural and arts and crafts exhibits. Entertainment is in no short supply with nightly concerts and several agricultural, culinary and art competitions, including the butter and cheese sculpture competition.