New York State Fair gets busy prepping for opening day in six weeks

New York State Fair

GEDDES , N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Work has just ramped up for the Great New York State Fair team with just about six weeks before opening day.

Day one of The Fair will be Wednesday August 21.

As of Monday morning, advance sale tickets became available. Click here for more information about various ticket options.

The State Fair Director, Troy Waffner, tells NewsChannel 9 things have just gotten really busy on the Fairgrounds.

“If you walk around the grounds, our crews are hammering out the last of the projects, really starting to clean the grounds up, planting all the flowers, the trees, all of that, getting ready so on August 1st we can start moving vendors in,” Waffner tells NewsChannel 9.

A lot of the work this year he describes as maintenance, like some new tram stops.

They are also adding two new parks. One will be the goat park where the sheep building used to be, the other park will be just inside Gate 2. It will be part of the State’s Empire Trail.

In January 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the Empire State Trail, a new initiative placing New York State at the forefront of national efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, community vitality, and tourism development.

Approximately 400 miles of the Trail already exists in discrete, disconnected segments.

When completed by the end of 2020, the Empire State Trail will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

While preparations for The Fair get into high gear the Fairgrounds will still be hosting events, like the Syracuse Nationals.

Waffner says “It is kind of a mini-Fair. On that Saturday they’ll draw 100,000 people and that’s a good day at The Fair, allows us to test the parking lots and test everything else on the grounds and make sure our staff is functioning the way it should be.”

One of the biggest projects and changes for Fairgoers involves the Main Gate and Gate 10 on the west end of the Fairgrounds.

Gate 10 will be the pickup and dropoff point for The Fair Centro Park-N-Ride. You will be able to hop on a tram right near Gate 10 that will take you directly to the Chevy Court end of The Fair.

“The reason we moved it is really for the safety aspect of it. It’s 150,000 people coming through basically an acre of land outside of Gate 1, so we’re moving it to an area at Gate 10 which is basically six-and-a-half acres. It will allow buses to pull out instead of back up, it will allow for a bus hub for everything down there,” Waffner says.

He adds there will be an even bigger renovation of Gate 10 and the area around it on the west end of the Fairgrounds in 2020.

On Friday, July 12 from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Fair will hold a Job Fair to fill some of the 1,500-plus positions needed for the 13-day gathering in Geddes.

The Job Fair will be held in the Martha Eddy Room of the Art & Home Center at the Fairgrounds. Click here for more information on the State Fair Job Fair.

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