Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752

February 22, 2013

Only Six Months Until Gates Open for the 2013 Great New York State Fair for the 2013 Great New York State Fair

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced that this date marks exactly six months until New York State’s largest annual event, the Great New York State Fair, which will run from Aug. 22 through Sept. 2.

“The Fair is the premier destination for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who want to be entertained, learn more about New York agriculture and spend time with their families,” said Commissioner Aubertine.  “Six months down, six months to go.”

However, if six months is too long for you to wait, here are some things you can do before the gates open officially:

  • First, we want you to become part of the growing Fair network.

 The Fair’s Facebook page is constantly being updated to include the information Fairgoers are most interested in, such as up-to-date announcements on the latest in New York agriculture at the Fair, behind-the-scenes information, and concert updates. With over 93,000 “likes,” this is a great way to share your Fair stories and memories with others.

Similar updates and announcements can be received by following the Fair on Twitter.

If you’re more of a visual person, the New York State Fair is now on Instagram. You can follow the Fair at @NYSFair on Instagram to view photos that showcase a behind-the-scenes-look at New York State’s largest annual event, a look at our off-season events, and many more Fair favorites.

  • Visit the Fair website to sign up for the latest updates via email.

You can sign up on the Fair’s website to receive emails on the Fair’s weekly press releases, upcoming events, and updates. This is a must for concert lovers, as the 2013 lineup will begin to be announced soon.

  • Have an idea or recommendation? Share it with us.

The New York State Fair wouldn’t be the same without the nearly one million attendees who walk through the gates each year. As our audience, we value your opinion and want to hear from you. New Yorkers are welcomed to send in their suggestions for the 2013 State Fair to  We’re looking at these thoughtful suggestions and will be acting on some in the months ahead.

  • Skip the vacation, plan a “staycation.”

Rather than planning an end-of-summer vacation, many families are attending the Fair multiple times and enjoying a wide variety of free entertainment. The Fair offers many money saving opportunities such as coupon savings, discounted admission, ride-all-day wristbands and free admission for children 12 and under. With all the Fair has to offer, there are many ways to get more for your money while enjoying the many attractions and exhibits. For those who don’t want to miss a second of the excitement, there are also RV camping opportunities in the Infield and Belle Isle.

  • Attend one of the hundreds of non-Fair events.

The Great New York State Fair is just one of the many events hosted at the New York State Fairgrounds. The 375 acre complex hosts everything from agriculture and horse shows, car exhibits and racing, stage and theater productions, trade expos and much, much more. An entire, year-round, calendar of events can be found on the State Fair website.

Through Saturday, Feb. 23 get a taste of the State Fair’s agricultural roots as the Fairgrounds host more than 400 agricultural exhibitors from across the Northeastern United States and Canada for the New York Farm Show.

  • Count down the days.

The Fair website features a daily countdown on each page until opening day, 2013. Today, for example, is 181 days until opening day. 

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