The New York State Fair fell short of pre-pandemic levels, but after a rainy Labor Day, the fair ended with around 900,000 people making their way through the gates.
In 2019 more than 1 million people attended the fair. Despite not reaching those levels, vendors said it was a successful year. Attendance was higher than in 2021.
On Sunday, 104,000 people attended the fair. That was 56,000 more than in 2021.
Most people agreed – whether they were attendees or vendors – that the 13-day experience was better than the experimental 18-day fair that ran in 2021.
“Too much, that’s overdoing it,” fairgoer Jason Pobutkiewicz told CNYCentral. “The 13-day, that’s good, the 18-days, whoof.”
The fairgrounds closed at 9 p.m. on Monday, September 5 after a dreary, rainy Labor Day.
Here’s a breakdown from state officials on each day of the fair:
|Day 1||Wednesday, August 24||37,591||49,112||+11,521||74,027 (2019)|
|Day 2||Thursday, August 25||31,910||48,591||+16,681||86,353 (2018)|
|Day 3||Friday, August 26||43,907||58,450||+14,543||98,238 (2019)|
|Day 4||Saturday, August 27||56,820||89,797||+32,977||127,394 (2018)|
|Day 5||Sunday, August 28||45,304||79,324||+34,020||123,206 (2017)|
|Day 6||Monday, August 29||32,892||47,912||+15,020||103,842 (2019)|
|Day 7||Tuesday, August 30||40,817||34,481||-6,336||102,098 (1972)|
|Day 8||Wednesday, August 31||44,899||78,010||+33,111||112,774 (1972)|
|Day 9||Thursday, September 1||35,984||74,120||+38,136||112,409 (2018)|
|Day 10||Friday, September 2||55,584||82,615||+27,031||124,172 (2019)|
|Day 11||Saturday, September 3||64,867||93,512||+28,645||147,749 (2019)+|
|Day 12||Sunday, September 4||57,875||103,924||+56,049||119,726 (1985)|
|Day 13||Monday, September 5||58,659||48,262||-10,397||125,748 (2018)|
|Yearly Total||798,095||888,110||+90,015||1,329,275 (2019)|
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