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New York extending state fair 5 additional days

Governor Cuomo is extending the length of the New York State Fair by an additional five days, and a number of Counties objected to the plan.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 5:40 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2020 3:00 PM

This year’s New York State Fair is scheduled to run from Aug. 21 through Sept. 7. That’s five days earlier than usual, and five days longer than usual. Nine Counties across the state thought the new schedule would conflict with their county fairs. Herkimer County Fair Manager Gerry Elthorp had concerns over losing their exhibitors to the State.

"That was the issue that… the exhibitors exhibiting at the fair, you know our animal exhibits, our youth exhibits…that was our biggest issue here," she said.

There were also concerns whether vendors would be able to fulfill their obligations with both the County and State contracts. The State is working out issues with vendors, but have come up with agreeable terms for the nine affected counties. Those agreements are valid for the next 2 years.

"They’re going to allow the exhibits to come in late, and on the same schedule as last year, and that’s a guaranteed. That’s not going to affect the exhibitors at all, and that was our biggest concern was our youth, and our exhibits was our main concern."

The Governor’s plan to extend the Fair will cost an additional $4.9 million, which is subject to the State Legislature giving their final approval. Another uncertainty is whether people will attend both the State Fair and local County Fairs.

"I don’t know the attendance is going to be affected because they still have the rest of the week after our fair is over to go to the State Fair. Those going to the State Fair are going to go to the State Fair probably the same time as they always do. I don’t really feel as though it’s going to affect our attendance a great deal."

There may be other events that are affected, but it does appear the State is willing to work with those venues on finding solutions.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1358707

Reported Deaths: 42726
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1699418013
Kings1666348246
Suffolk1377282723
Nassau1231422635
Bronx1140065358
Westchester906651858
New York815113516
Erie551841422
Richmond479811418
Monroe46476836
Rockland33532833
Orange30909670
Onondaga29264555
Dutchess18235343
Oneida17856378
Albany17798280
Niagara13056267
Broome12104282
Saratoga10109108
Schenectady9373145
Ulster8388205
Rensselaer7574114
Putnam707177
Chautauqua609680
Chemung5889112
Oswego521880
Ontario499983
Steuben4835133
Cayuga474977
St. Lawrence411364
Sullivan406853
Herkimer398377
Wayne396158
Genesee3894104
Jefferson367437
Cattaraugus364264
Madison335477
Livingston291143
Tompkins286428
Columbia278777
Cortland277055
Clinton250520
Allegany249675
Montgomery249680
Fulton239161
Tioga238054
Wyoming236445
Warren232144
Greene223366
Orleans206274
Chenango195950
Otsego190127
Washington173528
Lewis167725
Franklin13819
Seneca133848
Delaware115929
Essex105621
Schoharie9908
Yates89922
Schuyler76710
Hamilton1711
Unassigned82169
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