Geddes (WSYR-TV) -- Walking can be a great form of exercise, and at the Fair it's an easy and smart thing to do. And health experts say people should keep active to balance out foods like the 1,500 calorie donut burger.
While the Fair is certainly a time to indulge, Fair favorites like corn on a stick with butter and ice cold beer can be very tempting and very unhealthy.
The upside is that you can work off the sweets and junk food by staying active at the Fair.
NYS Society of Physician Assistants Tom Brown said, "I've been caught getting food that I probably wouldn't want to eat on a routine basis, but we all like to take the time out to enjoy, but try to offset that with some physical activity."
Active fairgoers can balance calories taken in just by taking advantage of all the exhibits, like visiting the barn animals.
Another way to balance your calorie count is by not taking the tram, just keep walking. Walking the length of the fair is great exercise, but choosing the right foods is still important.
"To look at the calories in one cup of soda, it can be anywhere from 120-140 calories. If you're walking at average speed, you can take almost three hours to burn that off," Brown said.
So, take a day off from the diet with nachos, a slice of pizza or a corn-dog, but don't over eat and keep moving.
Curious about how much you actually walk when you spend a day at the Fair? NewsChannel 9 found from one end of the fairground to the other is 3,500 feet. That means if you walk there and back in a straight line, you've already walked about a mile and a half. And as you wind through the roads from the horticulture building to the sheep barn, the distance gets longer.
A 140 pound person walking at a moderate pace for one hour can burn about 200 calories, according to different calorie counter applications.