The New York State Fair has set an all-time record for attendance.
Heading into Labor Day, the Fair needed just 12,000 people to pass through the turnstiles to establish a new benchmark.
The New York State Fair is teetering on the edge of an all-time attendance record.
On Sunday night, attendance for the first 11 days of the 2016 fair season reached 999,033…with one more day to go.
Attendance has only surpassed the 1-million mark twice before.
The all-time record for a 12-day run of the fair is 1,011,248 set back in 2001.
The following year, 2002, attendance reached 1,003,473.
While some were curious to see changes at the fairgrounds following a much touted $50-million investment – mother nature may have been the biggest contributor.
A check of weather records indicates that each time the milestone was reached – there was limited rain with comfortable temperatures for most of the season.
Sunday brought more nice weather – and a crowd of 117,717 visitors.
Many of them packed Chevy Court for the Daughtry concert…which drew the largest crowd yet with an estimated 26,400 fans.
Chicago will round out the season on Labor Day at 6 p.m.
If you need more numbers – as far back as fair records go there have been 18 days when attendance passed 110,000, according to a fair spokesman.
This week, the number of visits surged above 100,000 for three days in a row – that has only happened three other times….all within the past 15 years.
There has been a downside to the surge in attendance. Traffic around the fairgrounds has been a source of frustration for locals and visitors who found themselves stuck on the highway for more than an hour at some points.
While fair officials and police urged families to consider catching Park-N-Ride shuttles from Destiny USA, Longbranch Park, and other locations – there were a fair number of complaints about long waits as the shuttles were entangled in traffic as well.
Monday’s festivities begin with a Labor Day Rally and Parade at 10:30 a.m., winding from the Indian Village to Chevy Court.
After Chicago performs in Chevy Court at 6 p.m., the fair wraps up with fireworks at dusk.
The Fair’s exhibits close at 9 p.m. on Labor Day, an hour earlier than usual.
Fair officials are expecting another large crowd. They recommend using the Park-N-Ride lots at Lowe’s in Camillus and Shoppingtown Mall.