As the Great New York State Fair approaches opening day, the lineup has ironed out nicely for the week. Although a slow start, we have some award-winning musicians and comedians coming to the Grandstands, while Chevy Court once again will draw in record crowds for their free concert series. With record-breaking crowds last year, it is anticipated to repeat and exceed these records with the $1 day once again on Labor Day and now $3 Thursdays added to the lineup.
With Special Days and Events Planned all week-long, there is bound to be fun in store for you and your family and friends.
Opening Day / Governor’s Day, Thursday, August 27th, $3 Thursday
2pm – Everclear
8pm – Rick Springfield
7:30pm – Eric Church, with special guest The Cadillac Three
2pm – Orleans & Friends with Barrere & Tackett
8pm – Melissa Etheridge
7:30pm – Jim Gaffigan
Saturday, August 29, 2015
2pm – Dan & Shay
8pm – Buck Cherry
Sunday, August 30, 2015
2pm – Swon Brothers
8pm – Nate Ruess
7:30pm – Hank Williams Jr.
Dairy Day, Senior Citizen’s Day, Monday, August 31, 2015
2pm – Bowzer
8pm – Cole Swindell
Fire & Rescue Day, Beef Day, Senior Citizen’s Day, Tuesday, September 1, 2015
2pm – Oak Ridge Boys
8pm – Joe Nichols
Women’s Day, Wade Shows, Wednesday, September 2, 2015
2pm – Salt N Pepa
8pm – Snoop Dog
Armed Forces Day, $3 Thursday, September 3, 2015
2pm – Echosmith
8pm – Jason DeRulo
7:30pm – Patti LaBelle
Six Nations Day, Student’s Day, Saturday, September 4, 2015
2pm -The Ripcords
8pm – Fifth Harmony
Grange Day, Saturday, September 5, 2015
2pm – Sawyer Fredericks with Josh Batstone & Amanda Lee Peers
8pm – The Jacksons
Sunday, September 6, 2015
2pm – R5
8pm – The Steve Miller Band
Labor Day, Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”, Monday, September 7th
6pm – Nick Jonas
Immediately Followed By Fireworks
With thirteen new rides joining the Midway, you’ll find something to excite everyone from those preschool youngster to those young at heart. Special rates are available for pre-sale tickets as well as specials on individual days. Take a peek at those new rides added and specials offered on the nysfair.org site here.
When it comes to the most diverse offering of culinary delights, you only have to visit the Great NY State Fair to get everything from fan favorites of chocolate milk to fried anything. In addition to the many food vendors, throughout the entire grounds you can find some of NY State’s finest culinary eats offered and wineries galore.
Last year’s attendees asked for some healthier options, and this year your request was answered. Make sure to find the new vegan/vegetarian stand, Strong Hearts Café, in the International building. The acclaimed vegan/vegetarian restaurant brings its signature focus on great taste to the Fair. Everything on the menu is 100% vegan and 1000% delicious. There you’ll find in addition to entrees, their non-dairy milkshakes, which will include a new flavor especially for the Fair. Although they’ve brought the deep fryer, it’s solely for their Vegan Wings. In addition to our vegan vendor, a new gluten-free vendor will also be joining the Fair, so make sure to check them out for the healthier fare at the fair.
Whether it’s healthier choices or the fair favorites, meals can be on the fly or planned ahead by visiting the sites new food finder app. Just type in the type of food you would like, and viola’ your route will be planned.
There is just about something for everyone to keep you busy throughout the day as you meander in and out of the buildings taking in everything from promotional items to best in fair for horticulture, arts, and livestock. Whether it’s shows and competitions that bring you to the fair, the food, the rides and games, or the entertainment, you are bound for a fun time.
I highly suggest you downloading the app for the NYState Fair as well as take a peek at the parking and fair maps to plan the easiest pathways in and around the activities for the most enjoyable experience. Planning ahead always helps to get the most of your action packed day as well as take advantage of all there is to be offered.