New York State Fair may increase capacity limit to 67%

The Great New York State Fair may be able to open at 67% capacity this summer, up from the initial 50% that was announced in April.

Posted: May 27, 2021 5:30 PM
Updated: May 28, 2021 10:39 AM

GEDDES, N.Y. (UPDATED) – The Great New York State Fair may be able to open at 67% capacity this summer, up from the initial 50% that was announced in April.

In a vendor notice sent out Thursday, May 27, the fair indicated the capacity had increased, but Assistant Public Information Officer Dave Bullard says the expanded capacity limit is not official yet. 

"Thursday, the New York State Fair sent a vendor solicitation to gauge interest and availability for the 2021 Reimagined New York State Fair. This solicitation referenced a potential expansion to include several fairground buildings and increase in attendees. While we understand this solicitation gave the impression that a greater capacity had been officially approved, that is not yet the case," said Bullard. "We apologize for the confusion and will continue to keep the public updated on any developments for the 2021 Reimagined New York State Fair."

If the state guidance changes over the next several weeks, the State Fair will announce any changes made to the event in line with those changes.

According to fair organizers, the 67% would exclude vendors, staff, contractors and volunteers.

Fair hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except Labor Day, when the fairgrounds will close at 9 p.m.

While all of the building were initially going to remain closed throughout the fair, organizers say the following could also open if approved by the state:

  • Exposition Center
  • Center of Progress
  • Horticulture Building
  • The Eatery
  • Dairy Products Building
  • Science & Industry Building
  • Dairy Cattle Building
  • Toyota Coliseum
  • Goat, Llama & Swine Barn
  • Horse Barns
  • Wool Center
  • FFA Building
  • Beef Barn
  • Indian Village
  • Pan African Village
  • State Park

The fair will run from Aug. 20 through Sept. 6.

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