Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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July 19, 2013

Fall out Boy to Play New York State Fair Grandstand on August 30

Advance Sale Tickets and other Discounts Also Available for Visitors at this Year’s Fair

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced that Fall Out Boy will become the seventh concert booked for the Great New York State Fair’s Grandstand in 2013.  The well-known rock band will perform on Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. 

“Today, we continue to add value to one of the best reasons for New Yorkers to make a trip to Syracuse at the end of summer,” said Commissioner Aubertine. “The lineup of the Grandstand as well as the assortment of free concerts helps make the Fair one of the top tourist attractions in the state.  I encourage everyone to visit the New York State Fair this summer.”

Very few bands can do what Fall Out Boy has done this year.  The four-person rock group stopped recording together in 2008, in the midst of an incredible run of success.  The band parked singles in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart every year from 2005 – 2008.  Then they went on hiatus.  The break lasted four long years.  In early 2013, they announced that they had reformed and were recording new music.  The new album, “Save Rock and Roll,” shot to #1 on the album charts after it was released in April and its first single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark Last Night (Light Em Up),” hit the top 15 on the singles charts and dominated radio airplay for many weeks.

Rolling Stone magazine named “Save Rock and Roll” one of its best albums of 2013 at midyear and said of the band’s return, “life is more fun with Fall Out Boy than without them.”  Superstar Taylor Swift tweeted to her followers that she had listened to “My Songs Know What You Did….” 43 times that day.

Tickets for Fall Out Boy go on sale Friday, July 26 at 9 a.m. at the State Fair box office and via the Fair’s only official online ticket seller,  Prices for tickets are $45, $35, and $25.  Grandstand concert ticket purchases prior to the opening of the Fair include admission to the Fair. An opening act for Fall Out Boy has not yet been determined.

Previously announced performers for the Fair’s Grandstand concert series include Luke Bryan, Jeff Dunham, Toby Keith, Reba, Carly Rae Jepsen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Tickets remain on sale for all performances.

The Fair also provides many free music events on its Chevy Court stage, Midway Music Series stage, Regional Artists Variety stage, and in other Fairgrounds venues.  The New York State Fair is Upstate New York’s largest free music festival.  Dates and times of all performances can be found on the Fair’s website,


Sales of discounted admission tickets to the Great New York State Fair have begun across New York State.  The $10 admission ticket sells for $6 until August 21, the day before the Fair opens. 

Advance sale tickets are also available at a lengthy list of locations across the state and in selected locations in surrounding states.  Visit for the complete list.  You can also fax your request to the Fair, using the form found on that page.  The Fair must receive the form by August 12 if mailed or August 16 if faxed.

Further discounts are available by buying a Strates Shows Midway FunCard, which provides $24 worth of rides for $14.  In addition, the Fair’s Best Bets Bargain Book sells for $1 off the $5 regular price if bought in advance, and provides 100 coupons with a total savings of $3,000 on Fair venues and shops.  The regional bus company, Centro, also provides a discount for advance purchase of transportation tickets from its Park-and-Ride lots during the Fair.  Check the Fair’s Advance Sales page for full details.

“The Great New York State Fair has always provided a compelling reason for tourists to come to Syracuse from across the state, but these discounts make the Fair more affordable and fun than ever,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.


Prices are the same whether tickets are bought online or in person at the box office.  A $3.75 service fee will be added to all tickets.  An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card.  Most major credit cards are accepted.  Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.

Parking for box office sales is available in the Brown lot beginning at 5:30 a.m.  Lineup can begin at 6 a.m. Tickets for people with special needs and one companion – this includes those who are hearing impaired, use a wheelchair or have difficulty climbing stairs – will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. Parking for people with disabilities who have either the proper license plate or hanging tag will be available via Gate 2.          

The New York State Fair runs from August 22 – September 2, 2013.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.” 

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 or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at

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