By Ethan Roy SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Great New York State Fair has been a staple of the Syracuse area for well over a century. The first ever State Fair in Syracuse occurred in 1841, and Syracuse became the official home of the fair in 1890. Averaging over one million visitors every year, the Great New York State Fair set an attendance record in 2019, surpassing 1.3 million fairgoers for the first time in history.
Already established as the home of one of the most prominent state fairs in the country, the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse added a new element in 2018, and it returns this February: The Syracuse Winter Fair.
The Winter Fair launched at the very same fairgrounds last February, and it exceeded the expectations of everyone, including the fairground operators.
“They had a very very positive event,” said Dave Bullard, the Public Relations Manager for the State Fair. “And there’s no reason to believe it won’t even be more positive this year.”
In its inaugural year, the winter fair amassed over twenty-five thousand visitors, far beyond the initial estimate of ten to twenty thousand. With the enormous Exposition Center acting as the fair’s headquarters, the winter derivative of the Great State Fair has provided the same quality of food and entertainment as its relative, only this time, away from the weather.
“Taking these things indoors is a way to make sure they can happen,” said Bullard” “And that they can meet everybody’s expectation of the experience.”
From ferris wheels, to food vendors, to thrill rides, the winter fair has made all the right moves in replicating the classic fair experience that has captivated Central New York since the 1800s. The goal of the winter fair has been to deliver the same, fun, fair experience on an indoor scale, to families that may struggle finding activities during the harsh winter season.
The 2019 Winter Fair will run from February 7th to the 9th, at the very same Fairgrounds.