NewsChannel 9 at the Fair

NewsChannel 9 and will provide 18 days of coverage of the Great New York State Fair. What you see this year will be a little different than in previous years.   NewsChannel 9 newscasts and Bridge Street will originate from our studios this year, with remote coverage from the New York State Fairgrounds. The NewsChannel 9 Storm Team will report live from the Fairgrounds each weeknight between 4 and 6:30 pm.

You will still be able to get your NewsChannel 9 favorites, including the 2022 Storm Team Calendar.  Just click on the link or head to the NewsChannel 9 Store at

We hope to be back at the New York State Fair bigger and better than ever in 2022.

The Great New York State Fair Guide 2021

August 20 — September 6, 2021

A comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about the 2021 New York State Fair


The 2021 Great New York State Fair is now the most affordable state fair in the nation with admission tickets on sale for $3 each—the lowest regular admission price of any major fair. People ages 65 and up will now be admitted free every day of the Fair. That is in addition to the Fair’s longstanding tradition of free admission for children ages 12 and under and for certain groups on special honorary days.

Tickets and $5 vouchers for parking in the Fair’s lots are available online via the Fair’s official online ticket seller, Etix, or by calling Etix toll-free at 1-800-514-3849 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Having both available on Etix, you can now buy your admission and parking in the same transaction!

There will be no cash sales at the Fair’s entrance gates or in parking lots. Kiosks will be available at gates 1 and 10 for self-service use to purchase admissions. Large signs with QR codes will be at all gates so patrons can use their phones to link directly to the ticket purchase site. Drivers can pay for parking by credit card in each lot or by EZPass Plus in the Fair’s Orange and Brown lots. EZ Pass Plus is a free add-on to EZ Pass that allows it to be used to pay for parking in addition to highway tolls.

With fees, each admission ticket is $3.18 and each parking voucher is $5.23. Up to 20 tickets can be purchased at a time. Etix advises that because so many festivals and fairs are operating this year, its call center is taking a very high volume of calls. Customers who are asked to leave their names and phone numbers for a call-back will have their calls returned often within three hours but always within 24 hours.

Unused 2019 Advance Sale Program tickets (non-promotional*) will be accepted at the 2021 State Fair

*Does not include free or complimentary tickets


Fairgrounds Hours 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor Day)

Building Hours 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor Day)


  • Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccine status. There are no outdoor mask requirements.
  • Masks will be available at entrances to buildings and at guest relations.
  • There is no mandatory vaccination requirement to get into the Fair.
  • 100% capacity is allowed with no social distancing requirements.
  • Some building entrances and exits will be closed to limit the number of options people have for entering and exiting.






2 PM
8 PM
2 PM
7 PM
September 6Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (1pm)Cheap Trick (6pm) The Ripcords (noon)Resurrection (4pm)


  • Gianelli Sausage and Dinosaur BBQ
  • Baker’s Chicken Coop
  • Haddock’s Paddock
  • Tully’s Good Times
  • Empire State Arabian Horse Show


Day2021 Fair Dates20212019+/-Record
Day 1Friday, August 2037,364– – –– – –37,364 (2021)
Day 2Saturday, August 2138,808– – –– – –38,808 (2021)
Day 3Sunday, August 2241,115– – –– – –41,115 (2021)
Day 4Monday, August 2333,541– – –– – –33,541 (2021)
Day 5Tuesday, August 2440,158– – –– – –40,158 (2021)
Day 6Wednesday, August 2537,59174,027*– – –74,027 (2019)
Day 7Thursday, August 2631,91077,242– – –86,353 (2018)
Day 8Friday, August 2743,90798,238*– – –98,238 (2019)
Day 9Saturday, August 2856,820118,013– – –127,394 (2018)
Day 10Sunday, August 2945,304119,301– – –123,206 (2017)
Day 11Monday, August 3032,892103,842*– – –103,842 (2019)
Day 12Tuesday, August 3140,81792,387– – –102,098 (1972)
Day 13Wednesday, September 144,89961,477– – –112,774 (1972)
Day 14Thursday, September 235,984103,130– – –112,409 (2018)
Day 15Friday, September 355,584124,172*– – –124,172 (2019)
Day 16Saturday, September 464,867147,749*+– – –147,749 (2019)+
Day 17Sunday, September 557,875118,239– – –119,726 (1985)
Day 18Monday, September 658,65991,458– – –125,748 (2018)
Totals—-798,0951,329,275—-1,329,275 (2019)

For more information, visit the New York State Fair website here.


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