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Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752, Joe.Morrissey@agriculture.ny.gov
Dave Bullard, 315-487-7711 x 1377, Dave.Bullard@agriculture.ny.gov

July 31, 2014

The Great New York State Fair’s Group Sales Program Makes a Day at the Fair Even More Affordable

Companies Can Purchase Tickets at Deep Discount Through Aug. 8

The Great New York State Fair’s group sales program offers organizations and companies a way to provide a benefit to large numbers of employees or clients at a very affordable price.  Groups interested in taking advantage of the program have until Friday, Aug. 8 to submit their orders, State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Under the program, groups of 100 or more can purchase tickets in bulk for an added discount beyond the 40% savings available on individual admission tickets bought in advance, according to the following schedule:

  • 100 to 249 tickets:  $5.75 each
  • 250 – 499 tickets:  $5.50 each
  • 500 – 999 tickets:  $5.25 each
  • 1000 – 1999 tickets:  $5.00 each
  • 2000 tickets or more:  $4.75 each

At the same time, organizations can also order parking passes for $5 each, Best Bets Bargain Books for $4 each, and ride-all-day wristbands for the Wade Shows Midway for $20 each.  To place an order, download the form linked at http://www.nysfair.org/group-ticket-sales/ and fax it to the Fair at 315-487-9260.

“The Fair is not only fun for families, it is a morale-boosting outing for companies for their employees or clients.  I encourage any organization to consider using our group sales program to provide an inexpensive and valuable benefit,” said Waffner.

Last year, more than 23,000 tickets were sold via the group sales program, an increase of nearly 5,000 from the year before.  Loretto Community Residences of Syracuse bought 4,000 tickets through the program for its employees. “Loretto’s 2,000 employees and caregivers work hard every year to honor and empower elders to live with purpose, wholeness, and dignity.  The Fair’s Group Sales Program helps us to thank our employees for the difficult work they do by offering them discounted admission tickets,” said Michele Rita Gotschalk of Loretto, who chairs the company’s Works to Appreciate and Value Employees committee.

Call 315-487-7711 x 1214 with questions about the group sales program.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  This year’s tagline – “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” – highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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