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August 05, 2013

Line Should Move Faster for the Dollar Baked Potato at 2013 NYS Fair

New Process Aims to Connect You to Your Baked Potato More Quickly

Fans wait all year to get their baked potato at the New York State Fair.  This year, the wait will be a little bit shorter.

A new procedure for getting people through the line is aimed at shortening the wait for one of those mouth-watering spuds, according to Darrel J. Aubertine, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The area will be broken into separate stations for picking up the potato, getting a drink, and putting on condiments, a vast improvement from previous years when all of these things happened in the same place, slowing the process for the next people in line.  Crowley Foods sponsors the booth. 

“While our goal is to reduce the lines, which at times can stretch the width of the Horticulture Building, one thing isn’t going to change.  Your baked potato will remain one dollar, which remains one of the greatest deals at the Great New York State Fair,” said Aubertine.  “I’ll get in line for my potato.  Hope to see you there!”

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.”  Advance sale tickets that save 40% off the price at the gate are available across the state.  Visit for a full list of locations to buy advance sale tickets, as well as discount cards for midway rides and the Best Bets Bargain Book of money-saving coupons at Fair venues.  These items, as well as tickets to Grandstand concerts, are also available at the State Fair box office, which is open Monday Wednesday from 9 a.m. 7 p.m. and Thursday Friday from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

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 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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