The New York State Fair could be getting a little longer thanks to added funding in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget.
He made the announcement while outlining his budget proposal for Fiscal 2021 on Tuesday. That budget year begins in April.
In that address he said that the fair would be extended to 18 days if approved. Central New Yorkers were supportive of the idea, too.
“Yes, it does take a toll on some of the locals around here, but it gives people more of a reason to come to Syracuse,” said Adam Mazzoni, from Camillus.
Fair Director Troy Waffner says that filling in five more days is a challenge and that’s exciting.
“With five more days we’re adding 10 more national touring acts to Chevy court, five more out in the New York experience. We’re looking for some big bands to really kick off the opening weekend,” Waffner said.
The budget proposal noted that the extension would include and additional weekend and new programming.
Vendors are excited about the prospect of five more days, too.
“If you get five more days and you get 80,000 people a day, that’s 400,000 more people coming to the New York State Fair,” said Grazi Zazzara to CNYCentral. Grazi owns The Villa Pizze Fritte. “So any way you at look it, that’s 400,000 more people coming out here. It’s a no brainer. It’s great. I’m thrilled.”
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