The Great NYS Fair: Top 5 Attractions You Must See


FAIR LOGO_nThe Great NYS Fair is like your favorite county fair pumped up on steroids, served with a side of Popeye’s spinach, ready to knock you out with amazing performances, agricultural shows and vendors. For many farmers in our great state, this is the BIG show, the winner-takes-all bragging right for the rest of the year, and with the fair starting this Thursday, Aug. 27 lasting more than a week, there is more than enough to keep you and the family occupied. The Fairgrounds is located at 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse. Tickets are only $6 if buy them in advance but will go up to $10 at the gate.



Here are the top 5 attractions we think you should check out!


National Acts

Every year the NYS Fair brings the HOTTEST acts in the Nation to CNY’s back yard, and this year is no exception. Let me take a moment and blow your mind with the acts gracing the stages this year.

Eric Church

Eric Church

Eric Church and the Cadillac Three – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27

Jim Gaffigan – 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28

Hank Williams Jr. with Chris Stapleton – 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30

Patti LaBelle – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3

Demolition Derby – 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6

Monster Truck Show – 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6

For tickets or more information, visit




Chevy Court



Everclear (2 p.m.) and Rick Springfield (8 p.m.) – Thursday, Aug. 27

Orleans with special guest Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, of Little Feat (2 p.m.) and Melissa Etheridge (8 p.m.) – Friday, Aug. 28

Dan & Shay (2 p.m.) and BuckCherry (8 p.m.) – Saturday, Aug. 29

Swon Brothers (2 p.m.) and Nate Reuss (8 p.m.) – Sunday, Aug. 30

Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Party (2 p.m.) and Cole Swindell (8 p.m.) – Monday, Aug. 31

Oak Ridge Boys (2 p.m.) and Joe Nichols (8 p.m.) – Tuesday, Sept. 1

Salt-N-Pepa (2 p.m.) and Nas (8 p.m.) – Wednesday, Sept. 2

Echosmith (2 p.m.) and Jason Derulo (8 p.m.) – Thursday, Sept. 3

The Ripcords (2 p.m.) and Fifth Harmony (8 p.m.) – Friday, Sept. 4

Sawyer Fredericks, Josh Batstone & Amanda Lee Peers (2 p.m.) and The Jacksons (8 p.m.) – Saturday, Sept. 5

R5 (2 p.m.) and The Steve Miller Band (8 p.m.) – Sunday, Sept. 6

Nick Jonas (6 p.m.) and Fireworks to follow – Monday, Sept. 7

All of those amazing acts are packed into 10 days all for free.




AGGG_oThe State Fair is a great place to indulge your competitive streak! Whether you are into oversized vegetables, antique cars, livestock, cooking, or my personal favorite, home brewing, you will find it all at the state fair. The agricultural side of the fair features blue ribbon winners from all of the county fairs, meaning you are going to see the best of the best battle it out for the blue ribbons and of course, the bragging rights. For a complete list of competitions, along with an entry form (perhaps for your award winning garage brew?) right here.





2015 Bubble Blast Run

BUBBLESunday, August 30th be ready to run bright and early at 8 am at Chevy Court!  For just a $5 entry fee, runners of all ages and ability can partake in the Bubble Blast Run. Yes, it’s a 5K, but it’s got a lot of fun obstacles, including a human car wash, and a giant slip and slide to help you move along to the finish line (or completely distract you from finishing). Not only is this fun for the whole family, but it’s raising money for a hugely important cause- ACR Health’s Youth Services Division and for Operation Walk, which pays for surgery for Americans and others abroad who have no access to health care. Don’t forget to stretch!




The Adventure Zone

WALKERLocated behind the Horticulture Building, the Adventure Zone is the place for all you thrill seeking fair folk. Here, you will find the Walker International Circus, the Historic Train Exhibit (for all you train lovers), The Wolves of the World, the Ejection Seat, and the Power Jump. There are also a handful of other amazing thrill rides, sure to get your adrenaline pumping (and stomach flipping).







FOODThis year, the NYS Fair has made it so easy to find and feast on your favorite fair fare. The interactive food map is launched, and you can find it right here! Do you need to find food on the cheap? You can filter your results to “food around $1” and see what great options you have. Whether its food on a stick, your favorite deep fried whatever, or perhaps that donut with all of the fruity pebbles on it, you will find it with ease! Thanks for making us fat kids happy!




The gates for the NYS fair open this Thursday, Aug. 27. You can get your tickets here. You can get passes for the whole week for just $30, and 12 day passes for rides for just $70 in advance. A Best Bet Bargain Book filled with coupons totaling thousands of dollars in savings is available for just $4 through the ticket link! Plan accordingly, and get the biggest bang for your buck my fair friends. Enjoy yourselves!

Gates open at 8 a.m.

Exhibit buildings are open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. except on Labor Day when they close at 9 p.m.

Midway – 10 a.m. – Midnight except on Labor Day when it closes at 9 p.m.



Make sure you download visitor’s guide and get all the day to day info at


Katy Cole
The Fuze Magazine

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