Contact: Mike Fraser, office: (518) 455-3751; cell: (518) 859-8518
Heading into the final weeks of August, the Great New York State Fair highlights the very best of the Empire State and signals the approaching end of summer. Acclaimed as the oldest fair in the country, from Wednesday, August 23 through Labor Day, September 4, fairgoers will enjoy everything from carnival rides, to live music, to food and wine.
With a record-setting crowd of 1,117,630 attendees in 2016, the fair continues to grow and draw people from all over the country to Upstate New York. In the hopes of encouraging even more people to take part in all the great things our state has to offer, this year's fair schedule will be extended by a day, running for a total of 13 days.
BIGGER, BETTER, NEWER 2017 ATTRACTIONS
Recent improvements to the fairgrounds have contributed to the record-setting attendance. Every year the fair aims to get bigger and better, drawing larger crowds and creating new events that appeal to those looking for fun and excitement. This year's new attractions will include a new home for the popular State Police exhibit, Family Fishing Day, Timber Sports Day and rides for every level of thrill-seeker.
Hunting, fishing, and all types of outdoor recreational opportunities are an enormous part of tourism in our state. Sunday, August 27 will be Family Fishing Day and "I Fish New York." Anyone presenting their sporting license at the gate will be eligible for free admission. Additionally, attendees who purchase a sporting license at the DEC pavilion will be entered into a drawing to win a lifetime pass to the fair.
To honor the courage, dedication and commitment to the women who fought for equal rights, there will be a new Women's Suffrage Centennial Exhibit, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of women's right to vote in New York. The exhibit will be complete with replicas of important suffrage movement documents. On Wednesday, August 30, designated as Women's Day, a parade will be held with reenactors portraying Susan B. Anthony and Matilda J. Gage; fair admission for Girl Scouts and active troop leaders will be free.
For ride-goers, the Wade Show's Midway will debut its 1,500 foot Skyride, offering fairgoers a birds-eye view of the midway. Also debuting this year will be the White Water, the fair's first-ever water slide.
TRADITIONAL STAPLES THAT KEEP THEM COMING BACK
For many, it's tradition that keeps them coming back to the fair year after year to enjoy the 25-cent milk, butter and sand sculptures, and local food, crafts and entertainment. This year, Chevy Court will once again offer world-class artists and performers, including Migos, Chevelle and Earth, Wind & Fire. For a complete list of events, schedules and attractions or to purchase tickets online, please visit the Great New York State Fair website at nysfair.ny.gov.
For longtime New Yorkers or visitors from outside the Empire State, the fair is a must-see annual event and a showcase of all the things New York has to offer. Before the sun has set on this summer, I encourage you to take a trip to the fair so that you, too, may enjoy the traditions, experience the entertainment and appreciate everything that makes New York State unique.
What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.