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September 03, 2016

The Great New York State Fair Celebrates the Final Weekend of the Newly Transformed Fair This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend Events Include Bassmaster Elite Pros, Taste NY Food Truck Competition and Closing Fireworks Sponsored by National Grid

Provides Fairgoers Final Opportunity to Enjoy $1 Admission, Rides, Food on “Dollar Day” Labor Day Monday 

The newly transformed Great New York State Fair is celebrating its final weekend – one in which an all-time attendance record could fall – by inviting fairgoers to enjoy many special weekend events, such as the Bassmaster Elite Pros and the Taste NY Food Truck competition, deals on admissions and rides, and exciting giveaways.  The New York State Fair will run through Labor Day, September 5.  The final day will be “Dollar Day” at the Fair, featuring $1 admission, midway rides and food at some vendors, dozens of great agricultural exhibits, and a free concert by rock hall of famers Chicago at 6 p.m. at Chevy Court followed at dusk by fireworks sponsored by National Grid.

After a summer spent transforming the 126-year old Fairgrounds with the addition of a new Main Gate, RV Park, Midway and many improvements to infrastructure and appearance, interest in the Fair has been very high.  The Fair’s marketing campaign has been supplemented by a $1 million investment in statewide advertising by I Love NY.

Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner said, “We have had a tremendous Fair so far this year with a brand new look and record crowds and the fun doesn’t end yet.  This Labor Day weekend promises to be our busiest ever and there are dozens of exciting special events and Dollar Day deals to bring fairgoers through our gates—whether its their first time or the 5th time visiting the Fair this year. We encourage new and frequent fairgoers alike to come on Dollar Day, have fun and give the 2016 Fair a proper sendoff!” 

“The New York State Fair is a perennial favorite that continues to delight thousands of people each year,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid's upstate New York executive director. “We're thrilled to see a record number of visitors pass through our exhibit and enjoy all of the Fair's offerings. We're also proud to again sponsor the Fair's fireworks display, a popular tradition that will deliver lasting memories for attendees of all ages." 

Saturday marks the first-ever Bassmaster Elite Pros event, taking place on Onondaga Lake and at the Great New York State Fair. B.A.S.S. anglers from across the country will compete for the biggest catch, in friendly competitions, with 10 B.A.S.S. Nation Central NY Pros on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York.  Following the competition, the live B.A.S.S. Elite Pro fish weigh-in will take place at 12 p.m. at the New York State Fair Family Fun Center.  Winners of New York State Fair Lifetime pass will also be announced. 

Fairgoers of all ages are encouraged to watch the fishing competition and attend a free fishing experience hosted by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from 8 to 10 a.m. at Onondaga Lake Park, where B.A.S.S. Elite boats will be on display for visitors to see angler gear and equipment up close. Participants in Saturday’s fishing experience at Onondaga Lake Park will then receive a free day pass to the Great New York State Fair. For more information please click here.

This weekend, the New York State Fair will bring back its “Taste NY” Food Truck Competition. The competition will feature 20 food trucks from across the state serving their tasty and unique entries, using foods primarily grown and produced in New York State, to both fairgoers and food judges on Sunday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. around Chevy Court. 

A group of food experts will sample each offering and choose the Judge’s Choice winner.  Vendors will also sell samples of their food entry to fairgoers for $2 each.  In addition, fairgoers will have the chance to cast votes for the People’s Choice winner.  Fairgoers who try food from all 20 vendors will be entered to win a Lifetime Pass to the Fair.

Vendors include:

  • Café 119, Manlius
  • Come Fry With Me,  Rome
  • Crusin Cones, Syracuse
  • Hell Of a Big Bite, Syracuse
  • Hofmann Sausage Company, Syracuse
  • Kinkajous Frozen Yogurt, Norwich
  • Lady Bug Lunch Box, Syracuse
  • Mary's Café Express, Syracuse
  • NY Wine & Culinary Center, Canandaigua
  • PB & J's Lunchbox, Syracuse
  • Ponichito's Chuck Wagon, Syracuse
  • Salt City Food Truck, Syracuse
  • Sarita's, Rome
  • Silo Food Truck, Ithaca
  • That's What's Up, Syracuse
  • The Cremeria, Sherrill
  • The Flying Camel, Fayettville
  • The Meatball Truck, Rochester
  • Toss n' Fire Mobile Wood Fire Pizza, Brewerton
  • Via Napoli Express, Liverpool 

Judges this year include Margaret McCormick, food writer for the Syracuse New Times, Dan Eaton, Host of  “Cooking at Home” on Time Warner Cable, Thomas Kiernan, Executive Chef at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and Don Cazentre, food writer for Syracuse.com.

Nickelodeon’s popular kid’s adventure series, “PAW Patrol,” will be back again Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4.  The PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour is located at the Family Fun Center near the Youth Building, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  There is no charge to take part in the tour.

Other exciting events this weekend include an arm wrestling competition at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 4 in the Sports Activity Center that is open to first-timers as well as professionals; the Rooster Crowing Grand Champion competition Sunday, September 4 at 11 a.m. in the Poultry Building; and the 4-H Horse Show in the Coliseum on Monday, September 5. 

Labor Day Monday will once again mean admission, all midway rides and some food specials are only $1.  Food items being offered for $1 can be found by using the Fair’s Food Finder app and searching for the category “(About a) Buck or Less,” or by clicking here. Fair parking will remain $5.

In addition to the deals on Labor Day, the day will include a special parade and Labor Day rally taking place at 10:30 a.m. at Chevy Court in honor of the working men and women who make New York the Empire State. 

A fantastic lineup of free concert entertainment will take place throughout Labor Day weekend. Saturday, the X Ambassadors will play in the afternoon with Daughtry taking Chevy Court stage on Sunday evening, and legendary band Chicago closing the holiday weekend Monday evening at 6 p.m.  A special fireworks presentation sponsored by National Grid will follow the concert and close out the 2016 Fair.  A full schedule for all musical performances at the Fair can be found here.


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