Fair Keeps Commitment to Provide More Entertainment at Grandstand
Legendary hard rockers Korn will open the 2013 New York State Fair Grandstand, State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced today. Korn will play at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22. Ticket prices are $45, $35, and $25. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 3 at the State Fair Box Office from 9 a.m. to noon and beginning at 9 a.m. at the Fair’s only online ticket seller, etix.com.
“With this show, the Grandstand will provide 10 nights of entertainment. We promised the Fair’s fans that we would provide more entertainment this year and we’ve kept that promise. Korn gives another group of people – fans of hard rock –one more reason to visit their New York State Fair,” said New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Darrel J. Aubertine.
Few bands have remained continually relevant for as long as this California quintet. Each of Korn’s 9 albums, from 1996’s “Life is Peachy,” to 2011’s “The Path to Totality” have landed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart. The band’s more than 40 singles have kept them on rock radio throughout that time.
The band, still fronted by four of its five founding members, is touring in advance of its next album, entitled “The Paradigm Shift,” which will be released in October. It marks the return of co-founder Brian “Head” Welch, who ended his hiatus from the group late last year. His return, along with the evolution of Korn’s music, is behind the album’s title, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told Revolver magazine, “It’s a term encompassing different perspectives. You can view a piece of art from one angle and it takes on a certain image. If you look from another angle, it’s a completely different image. We liken that to Korn in 2013. With ‘Head’ back in the fold, all of the elements fans have loved since day one are there, but we’re interpreting them from a new perspective. It’s a bigger, brighter, and bolder Korn.”
An opening act for Korn will be announced at a later date.
Previously announced performers for the Fair’s Grandstand concert series include Luke Bryan, Fall Out Boy, Jeff Dunham, Toby Keith, Reba, Carly Rae Jepsen and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tickets remain on sale for all performances. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
The All Star Monster Truck Show takes place at the Grandstand on Sunday, September 1 and the New York State Championship Demolition Derby takes place on Monday, September 2. Tickets for these events will only be available at the box office and do not include admission to the Fair.
The Fair also provides many free music events on its Chevy Court stage, Midway Music Series stage, Regional Artists Variety stage, and in other Fairgrounds venues. The New York State Fair is Upstate New York’s largest free music festival. Dates and times of all performances can be found on the Fair’s website, nysfair.org.
ADVANCE SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
Sales of discounted admission tickets to the Great New York State Fair have begun across New York State. The $10 admission ticket sells for $6 until August 21, the day before the Fair opens.
Advance sale tickets are also available at a lengthy list of locations across the state and in selected locations in surrounding states. Visit www.nysfair.org/buy-tickets/advance-sale-tickets/ for the complete list. You can also fax your request to the Fair, using the form found on that page. The Fair must receive the form by August 12 if mailed or August 16 if faxed.
Further discounts are available by buying a Strates Shows Midway FunCard, which provides $24 worth of rides for $14. In addition, the Fair’s Best Bets Bargain Book sells for $1 off the $5 regular price if bought in advance, and provides 100 coupons with a total savings of $3,000 on Fair venues and shops. The regional bus company, Centro, also provides a discount for advance purchase of transportation tickets from its Park-and-Ride lots during the Fair. Check the Fair’s Advance Sales page for full details.
“The Great New York State Fair has always provided a compelling reason for tourists to come to Syracuse from across the state, but these discounts make the Fair more affordable and fun than ever,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.
ABOUT GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES
Prices are the same whether tickets are bought online or in person at the box office. A $3.75 service fee will be added to all tickets. An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card. Most major credit cards are accepted. Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.
Parking for box office sales is available in the Brown lot beginning at 5:30 a.m. Lineup can begin at 6 a.m. Parking for people with disabilities who have either the proper license plate or hanging tag will be available via Gate 2.
The New York State Fair runs from August 22 – September 2, 2013. The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.”
In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.
The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org.