The Great New York State Fair is a 12-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. With midway rides, concessionaires, exhibits and concerts, it has become New York’s largest annual event and an end-of-summer tradition for hundreds of thousands of families from all corners of the state. The first fair took place in Syracuse in 1841 and took permanent residence there in 1890. It is the oldest and one of the largest State Fairs in the United States: with approximately one million visitors annually, it is ranked third behind Minnesota and Texas.
The Great New York State Fair begins on the third or fourth Thursday in August and runs for 12 days, ending on Labor Day. The 2013 fair will run from August 22 – September 2.
It is located on the 375-acre (152 ha) Empire Expo Center on the western border of Syracuse, in the town of Geddes.
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