Special Fair Days
The New York State Fair runs August 22 – September 2, 2013
Opening Day / Governor’s Day – Thursday, August 22
Join the Governor in opening the 2013 New York State Fair!
Strates Midway Ride-All-Day Program Days
Visitors can buy $25 wristbands that give them full access to the Midway & Kiddieland rides for an entire day! Wristbands are valid any one of the unlimited ride days, which are Thursday or Friday, August 22 or 23, or Monday through Thursday, August 26 through 29, 2013. Wristbands will be available at any Strates ticket booth on these days. Click here for more information about the Strates Shows Midway.
Law Enforcement Day – Friday, August 23
Ticket required for all Law Enforcement Agency admissions. Agency representatives please contact Syracuse Police Sgt. William Croft at 315-448-8625 during regular business hours July 15 thru August 19 for details on how to obtain them - subject to availability.
Dairy Day – Monday, August 26
This is the State Fair’s way of saying thank you to all the dairy farmers that provide us with the state’s official beverage, “Milk”. Come enjoy the day’s great activities from the milkshake contest and cheese auction at Chevy Court Pavilion in the morning to the day long Open Class Holstein Show followed by the celebrity milking contest at the Toyota Coliseum.
Senior Citizens’ Days – Monday, August 26 & Tuesday, August 27
• Seniors 60 years and older are admitted free on these days.
• There will be a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking this year, thus a special parking permit for this location will be required. Please contact the Art & Home Center office at 315-487-7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.
• Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network for free on these two senior days with the service running 9:00am-8:00pm. These trams travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 11 scheduled stops.
Beef Day – Tuesday, August 27
Beef it’s what’s for dinner! The day’s activities include following your nose to the Chevy Court pavilion to watch the grilling contest in the morning and be sure to stop by the Quality Meats Display in the Dairy Products Building where you can pick up your free beef recipes while you watch demonstrations all day by the National Beef Ambassadors.
Women’s Day – Wednesday, August 28
The highlight of Women’s Day is the annual Women’s Day Luncheon being held in the Empire Room at noon. In addition to the luncheon, many special events have been planned throughout Women’s Day. Highlighted events include the Fine Arts and Photo Exhibition on the third floor in the Art & Home Center as well as judging in the Culinary Arts area. During the entire day, various women’s advocacy organizations will be at a “mini-fair” set up in the Chevy Court Pavilion. Please call 315.487.7711 ext. 1264 for more information.
• Click here to view the 2013 Women’s Day Program
• Click here for 2013 Women’s Day Registration form
Fire & Rescue Day – Thursday, August 29
Ticket required for all Fire & Rescue admissions, please contact the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs at 1-800-676-3473 or Harold Smith at 315-657-5450 during regular business hours July 15 thru August 19 for details on how to obtain them - subject to availability.
Veteran’s Day – Thursday, August 29
Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free on this day with proper credentials – military ID or discharge papers.
Native American Day – Friday, August 30
Native Americans receive free admission on this day.
Student’s Day – Friday, August 30
Students 16 years old and under admitted free on this day.
Grange Day – Saturday, August 31
Labor Day – Monday, September 2