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New York fairs year-round event attendance nearly doubles in 2017

Staff Writer |
Estimated attendance at non-Fair events hosted at the New York State Fairgrounds in 2017 has already exceeded the attendance for all of 2016.

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Non-Fair events, including an estimated 90,000 who attended the Syracuse Nationals classic car show this past weekend and two popular horse shows this month, have brought total attendance year-to-date to 560,929 - already above the 529,000 attendance for all of 2016.

Attendance through the first six months of 2017 is also up 42 percent compared to the first six months of last year.

As a direct result of the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's $50 million transformation plan, which complements Central NY Rising, the region's successful Upstate Revitalization Plan - a number of new events committed to the Fairgrounds this year to offer more entertainment year-round.

A number of event organizers have either expanded their events as a result of investments in improving the Fair - drawing additional crowds, or added brand new events at the Fairgrounds.

The Chinese Lantern Festival, Syracuse SnowCross, Kawasaki Syracuse StadiumCross, the Syracuse Man Show, Jurassic Quest, and the Salt City BBQ are among the new events that have taken place on the Fairgrounds this year.

Nearly 140 events, from horse shows to craft beverage industry events, are booked for 2017.

The return of the Syracuse Nationals to the Fairgrounds this past weekend attracted an estimated 90,000 car enthusiasts to Central New York, supporting the nearly double year-to-date non-fair attendance for 2017.

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