Great New York State Fair breaks single-day record with 123,206 people
The previous record, 122,870, was set on the final day of the 2014 Fair. Of the 65 days with attendance of more than 100,000 since World War II, only three have occurred on the first Sunday of the Fair.
More than 430,000 people have come to the Fair in the first five days of the 2017 season, a season that is one day longer than before.
Each day has featured strong attendance and the Fair is pacing more than 18,000 people ahead of last year's first five days.
The 2016 Fair set the all-time attendance record of 1.12 million people along with three daily attendance records.
Governor Cuomo's $50 million first phase plan to revitalize the Fair resulted in a larger, more comfortable and profitable Midway, a beautiful new Main Gate, a new home for the popular New York State Police exhibit, a new signature Midway skyride, the Broadway Skyliner, and the rebuilding of the Turtle Mound in the Indian Village.
A $70 million second phase will begin after the Fair, resulting in a 133,000-square foot flexible Exposition Center and major reconstruction of the Fair's largest parking lot.
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. ■