Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Attendance Record Shattered at The 2016 Great New York State Fair

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Monday announced that the 2016 Great New York State Fair has generated the highest level of attendance in its 175-year history, shattering numerous records over the course of its twelve day run. As of 4 p.m. Monday, a record 1,096,524 visitors passed through the Fair's redesigned main gate, beating the previous record of 1,011,248 set in 2001. Governor Cuomo, joined by state and local officials whose work over the last several years has helped secure investments needed to successfully grow the Fairgrounds, marked the record by shattering a block of ice in the shape of the previous record at a celebration in the Fair’s Empire Room. The Governor also presented four lifetime passes and a host of Fair-related gifts to record-setting visitor number 1,011,249 from Onondaga County.

“The Great New York State Fair is a great New York tradition that reached an exciting new milestone in its storied history with this year's new attendance record,” Governor Cuomo said. “We set a goal for the Fair – one million people to come and experience the unprecedented transformation, and we not only met it, but soared past it. I congratulate today’s record-breaking winners who received lifetime passes to the Fair, and encourage all New Yorkers to check out this long-standing celebration next year.”

The Fair has posted the strongest daily attendance figures in its history, setting three new daily attendance records on its way to breaking the total attendance record. When final numbers are in after the gates close tonight for the 2016 season, attendance will have risen by at least 20 percent above last year’s attendance and as much as 10 percent above the all-time high, set in 2001.

The State Fair is one of Central New York's most important economic assets, and a higher attendance means that more people are spending money within the region. The Fair generates approximately $100 million annually for the local economy, and employs more than 2,800 people while the Fair is underway.

The winners – a family of four – will receive a Great New York State Fair Gift Bag, which includes four lifetime passes to the Fair, Mega Pass wristbands for the Wade Shows Midway with Gold Pass access, allowing winners to ride unlimited, food vouchers redeemable at any Fair vendor, two tickets to the Lakeview Amphitheater 2017 concert of their choice, and a Taste NY gift basket full of New York-made products.