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April 27, 2016

Last Chance to Score a Deal on 2016 Great New York State Fair Tickets as Fair Holds One-Day “Cinco De Mayo” Sale

It’s the last chance for fans of the Great New York State Fair to take advantage of a bargain as the Fair holds its annual Cinco de Mayo sale of a limited number of admission tickets at a special price, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

The sale takes place on Cinco de Mayo— the fifth day of the fifth month—and offers 5,555 tickets for $5.  The sale begins at 5:55 a.m.  Tickets are only available online through the Fair’s official ticket seller,, at The tickets offered during this sale provide a 50% discount over the regular $10 admission price and is a dollar less expensive than the price charged during the regular advance sale period that begins in July.

“Our roster of free entertainment, great food, rides and the best of New York agriculture is better than ever this year.  The Fair is already the best entertainment bargain in New York and this sale makes it even better.  It’s our last online promotional sale for 2016 and tickets will sell out quickly, so anyone who really wants a bargain for Fair tickets will want to get up early on May 5,” Waffner said.

Purchases are limited to four tickets per person.  A credit card charge of just over 11 cents will be added to each ticket sold. Tickets are barcoded and can either be printed at home or be scanned from a smartphone at the gate.  Buyers will receive a receipt by e-mail with instructions on how to access their tickets.

The regular advance sale program will begin in July, making tickets available online and at retail outlets across the state for $6, a 40% savings over the cost of admission during the Fair.

The Fair will also bring back its special pricing days in 2016.  The wildly successful Dollar Day on Labor Day event sets admission at just $1, and Three-Dollar Thursdays will return with all admissions at $3 on August 25 and September 1.  Some of the Fair’s special days also provide free admission for certain groups.  Check the Fair’s website at for the full list of special days.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  

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 Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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