ALBANY (WENY) – The Great New York State Fair will return as a 13-day event in 2022, officials report.
The event will run from Wednesday, August 24 to Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Officials say the switch back to the 13-day format will support increased participation by fairgoers, vendors and exhibitors.
Gov. Hochul also directed a review to assess support, growth and revitalization opportunities to improve youth and agricultural programming. Considering fairgoer feedback and experience, the review will also call for the examination of the State Fair’s smoking policy.
“The Great New York State Fair is a celebration of this exciting place we all call home, and this year’s Fair was no different, delivering a safe and fun event for all,” she said. “Returning to a 13-day schedule next year ensures that fairgoers can once again experience all of their favorite shows, exhibits, vendors, and attractions around the New York State Fair while also supporting greater coordination with our county and youth fairs. This will provide an increased economic benefit to more communities and encourage New Yorkers to experience the best of agriculture and entertainment across the State. We are ready to help and support all fairs, and to do what’s best for everyone to enjoy them.”
Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball will help fairs with increased marketing and promotion.
The 180-year-old State Fair’s 13-day structure became a backbone to the event’s success over the years. According to the Fair’s website, this past year’s 17-day event saw a drop in fairgoers, with 798,095 people attending. At the previous State Fair held in 2019, 1.32 million people were in attendance throughout its 13-day run, setting a new record for the Fair.