For the first time ever, the New York State Fair has expanded to 13 days, now opening on Wednesday instead of Thursday.
Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner says the Fair will be about “95%” ready, in relation to what fairgoers are used to.
Admission that first Wednesday has been discounted to $1, so fairgoers won’t expect that everything is ready.
Waffner says to consider as a preview day, to get a lay of the land at the Fair.
Another change is what fairgoers will see at the west end of the Fairgrounds. Waffner says a common complaint last year is that it seemed empty.
It will now be home to the New York Experience, a pond surrounded by an entertainment stage, vendors and special days.
The New York State Police Exhibit has also moved, but not far away. They’ve taken over the former DEC cabin, and lawns near Villa Pizze Fritte.