Updated: May 07, 2021 11:27 AM
Created: April 26, 2021 11:54 AM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WHEC)— Gov.Andrew Cuomo Monday announced the New York State Fair would return for 2021, just a year after it was canceled.
In his COVID-19 briefing at the Fairgrounds, Cuomo said the fair will start on Friday, Aug.20, and run through Monday, Sep,6. Cuomo added, "the fair must go on."
He said the fair will open at 50% capacity and will operate in four separate areas, which includes food and beverages, music/concerts, amusement rides, and the agriculture exhibit. Cuomo said the four areas will allow organizers to control the number of people coming and going.
The concert venue will follow along with the state's guidelines on venues.
Previously, News10NBC reported that admission tickets in 2020 would have cost $3 when purchased online or $5 at the gate, which would have been the lowest prices since 1990. It's not clear if the rates will stay that way.
The Fairgrounds have been operating a state vaccination site.
The Great New York State Fair will go on!— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 26, 2021
This year, @NYSFair will return starting August 20th and will run the full 18 days at reduced capacity.
Mark your calendars.
Cuomo said the capacity rules could be expanded if the COVID numbers warrant it. He added the Fair will not have a vaccination requirement.
We are awaiting more guidelines. Stay tuned to News10NBC for updates.
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