Seen at the record-smashing New York State Fair

Scenes from this year's record-setting NY State Fair

Nearly 1.3 million people attended the state's annual celebration for concerts, midway rides and lots of fried food.
Published: September 4, 2018

The Great New York State Fair has again broken its all-time attendance record for the second year in a row. With nearly 1.3 million visitors it beat out the Erie County Fair for most attended fair in New York State.

As always the Fair, that ran from August 21 to September 3 this year, brought people from all over the world and offers them free entertainment, interesting new foods, rides and exhibits. Some of the big headliners at Chevy Court this year included Niall Horan, Ludacris, Blondie and Maren Morris.

One of the biggest new attractions included the Exposition Center that opened on the first day of the Fair and is part of Governor Cuomo’s plan to reinvigorate the fair grounds and grow tourism in Upstate New York cities. The Expo Center hosted a temporary ice rink where fairgoers could watch ice skating and hockey expositions and also housed the I Love New York and Taste of New York events.

The Expo center was the center of a new layout for the fair that made it easier for visitors to move fluidly from one area to another and find places on the Fair’s map.

Another addition to the Fair was paved parking lots and increased traffic control that included Centro Bus shuttles from around the city and the Fair’s available parking.