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February 17, 2017

Great New York State Fair’s “Halfway to the Fair” Sale Features Best Deal of the Year on Midway Ride-All-Day Wristbands

Limited Number of Wristbands to be Sold for $15, Saving Fairgoers as Much as $10 Off Full Price Wristbands

The Great New York State Fair will celebrate the halfway mark to the 2017 Fair by offering, for the first time, the best deal of the year on ride-all-day weekday wristbands to the Wade Shows Midway.  Beginning at 6 a.m., Thursday, February 23, wristbands will be available for $15 through the Fair’s official online retailer,  The promotion will save fairgoers as much as $10 off the full price of a wristband.  The Halfway to the Fair sale marks the date that is six months from the opening of the 2017 Fair.  Tickets can be purchased at

Only 5,000 wristbands will be available for purchase through this special sale.  Buyers will be emailed a barcoded voucher allowing them to exchange it for a wristband at the Wade Shows Midway customer service booth. A wristband allows one person to enjoy as many rides on the Wade Shows Midway as desired during a single day.  The $15 wristband is good only on weekdays, though fairgoers visiting on Saturday or Sunday can upgrade to the weekend wristband for $5 at the Wade Shows customer service booth.

“If you love the exciting rides on the Wade Shows Midway, there won’t be a better deal on rides this year.  Make sure you’re up early next Thursday because this sale won’t last long.  The Fair and Wade Shows have a great Fair planned for this year with new rides and events that make a sale like this hard to pass up,” said Acting Fair Director Waffner.

“We are happy to have teamed with the Fair to celebrate ‘Halfway to the Fair’ with the lowest wristband price of the year. Guests won't want to miss the opportunity to see the amazing Midway improvements we have in store for 2017 at the lowest price available. We can't wait for the Fair,” said Frank Zaitshik, Wade Shows owner.

In 2016, Wade Shows provided the largest number of rides ever seen at the Fair–75 rides–including the largest traveling roller coaster in America.  Fairgoers responded, riding the rides in record numbers on the new, larger Midway area provided as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to revitalize the nation’s oldest fairgrounds.  Many exciting new rides are coming to the 2017 Fair and will be announced soon.

Ride-all-day wristbands cost $20 for weekday use and $25 for weekend use during the advance sale period and are $25 on weekdays and $30 on weekends during the Fair.  A weekday wristband can be used on weekends by paying the $5 upcharge at the Wade Shows customer service booth.  Wristbands will not be good for use on the new SkyRide.

Wristbands purchased during the Halfway to the Fair sale will cost $15.46, which includes credit card and etix service fees.  Buyers may purchase a maximum of four wristbands and will receive vouchers for the wristbands by email.  Those vouchers must be brought to the Wade Shows customer service booth during the Fair to receive the wristbands.  Purchase of the wristbands does not include admission to the Fair.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

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, on Snapchat at nysfair 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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