New York State Fair: On A Budget (2017)

It’s that time of the year again… the NY State Fair!

State-Fair-Logo

UPDATED FOR 2017!

Spending a day (or more) at the Fair can be an expensive outing (on average, visitors spend about $121). As the goal of this blog is to help save you money, I’ve compiled a list of ways to have a good time at the Fair without breaking the bank:

Tickets / Admission

  • Advance sale tickets – Available through August 23, 2017 only – $6 for adults* (otherwise $10 at the gate)
    • A full list of locations where these are sold can be found here
  • *NEW* Preview Day/Governor’s Day – $1 admission on Wednesday, August 23
  • Six-Day Frequent Fairgoer Admission Pass – allows one person to attend six days at the Fair for $30
  • $3 admission Thursdays (August 24, August 31)
  • *NEW* Family Fishing Day (August 27)  – free admission for those who show a valid sporting license at the gate
  • Law Enforcement Day (August 28) – free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel or corrections personnel
  • Senior Citizen’s Day (August 28 and August 29) – free admission to senior citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Fire & Rescue Day (August 29)free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization
  • Armed Forces Day (August 31) – free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
  • Six Nations Day (September 1) – free admission for Native Americans
  • Student Day (September 1) – free admission to those 18 years old and under
  • Summer Send Off “Dollar Day” (September 4) – $1 admission on the last day of the fair
  • The Fair has sold $4 general admission tickets in the past few years, as well as $3 Cyber Monday tickets, and $3 tickets during the Solar Eclipse
  • *NEW* Groupon is currently offering 50% off general admission tickets

*Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair*

Travel

Save on gas and parking (and hassle, too) by taking the bus!

Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair. The 12 Park-N-Ride locations and schedules can be found here. Centro Ride Passes and transfers are accepted. For most of the locations, it is a $2 fare for adults (ages 10-64) and children 5 and under are free.

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PLEASE NOTE: Centro will NOT be running direct service from the Syracuse Transit Hub to the Amphitheater during the State Fair.

Park-N-Ride at Destiny USA

Looking for the closest, quickest, most convenient way to get to and from the New York State Fair? Destiny USA is your official Park-and-Ride location! Centro provides direct service to The great New York State Fair from Destiny USA. The Park-N-Ride Express departs every 10 minutes from the shelter located between Eastside Lots 2 & 3 on Solar St beginning at 10:00 am and continuing until midnight. Returning shuttles depart the State Fair Main Gate every 10 minutes beginning at 10:15 am and continuing until 12:15 am.

*NEW* Round-trip shuttle passes available for purchase at the Park-N-Ride location. Cash only. See Centro attendant at shuttle shelter for details.

Related: How to get to the New York State Fair without a car

What to know about taking Uber or Lyft to the New York State Fair

 

Money Saving Coupons

Head over here to check out and download the State Fair Money Saving Coupons! The coupons include discounts on a variety of things including food, wine, bull riding, and more. These easy print at home coupons are the perfect way to save a buck.

Entertainment

Rides

  • Wade Shows Midway Monday (August 28) – Special limited wristband offer, 10 rides for only $10.00.
  • Advance sale:
    • Midway Mega Pass Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $70.00 each for unlimited rides (all day, every day)
    • Midway One-Day Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $20 or $25 each (all day, any one day)

Chevy Court

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Perhaps the best FREE concert series in America, the Chevy Court stage will host 26 free concerts this year from artists like LeAnn Rimes, 3 Doors Down, Kansas and more.

Attractions/Exhibits

For $2, you can visit the SkyRiver Butterfly Exhibit, where you can hold a butterfly on a q-tip.

There are dozens of other attractions at the New York State Fair that are displayed here, including free shows and exhibits.  Here are some new ones for 2017:

 

Food / Drink

  • Milk
    • Get a delicious 7 ounce cup of chocolate or white milk for 25 cents at the Rainbow Milk Bar (Dairy Building)
  • Baked Potato
    • Get a baked potato with toppings for only $1 at the Potato Booth (NE corner of Horticulture Building)
  • Hot Dogs
    • There are various food stands that offer $1 hot dogs (i.e. Emmi’s Hots)

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  • Ice Cream
    • Utica Coffee Company offers $1 ice cream scoops
    • Several ice cream stands offer mini-cones for $1
    • Turkey Hill is handing out free carmel-peanut butter gelato cups this year
  • $3 to $5
    • $3.50 quarter-pounder hamburger – Horan’s
    • $4 sausage burger – Gianelli Sausage
    • $3 double cheese burger – Emmi’s
  • $2 and under choices
    • Las Delicias – Chicken Empanadas ($2 each)
    • Several stands sell 12-ounce cans of soda for a dollar
    • The apple fritters from The Cabin at the West End are three for $2
    • Chicken tenders – The Hofmann Hot Dogs/Twin Trees Restaurant stand offers tenders for $1 (Hot dogs and water, too)

Bonus tip: If you go on a hot day and/or tend to get thirsty often, plan on purchasing from a vendor who offers free refills. For example, you pay $10 upfront but get unlimited refills throughout the day.  If possible, never pay more than $1 for a bottle of water or a soda.

Food Finder & Interactive Map – there’s a dropdown option under Category where you can choose “(About a) Buck or Less”

 

Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”

  • Adult admission to the Fair will be $1.00 per person all day (September 4)
  • All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1.00 per ride
  • Vendors will be offering $1.00 specials on food, drink, and merchandise
  • There will be also be a fireworks show after the Kool & The Gang concert

 

Latest Fair News

 

Do you know of any other ways to save money at the Fair? Please comment below 🙂

New York State Fair Latest News

2017

NY State Fair gets new baby centers to help parents care for infants (March 27, 2017)

What’s the fate of NYS Fair Milk Bar, butter sculpture after dairy group quits? (April 6, 2017)

NYS Fair milk to stay at 25 cents: New milk vendors announced after subsidy dispute (June 9, 2017)

NY State Fair: West End Bar & Grille to remain at fairgrounds for 2017 (July 10, 2017)

New York State Fair 2017: Ready to eat an entire deep-fried breakfast? (July 20, 2017)

Officials assure Preview Day at 2017 NYS Fair will be business as usual (August 4, 2017)

Fishing, hunting license holders get in free to NYS Fair on Aug. 27 (August 14, 2017)

Chairlift, new state police exhibit highlight new arrivals at 2017 NYS Fair (August 14, 2017)

The Milky Bun, a new ice cream and donut treat, to debut at the NYS Fair (August 15, 2017)

First look at NYS Fair’s newest rides and attractions (video) (August 16, 2017)

New York State Fair 2017 butter sculpture revealed (August 22, 2017)

Watch live cow births at NYS Fair on YouTube (August 23, 2017)

2017 NYS Fair food: Reviews and maps of where to eat on the fairgrounds (August 23, 2017)

Live Nation wins $11.5 million contract to book Chevy Court concerts at NYS Fair (September 29, 2017)

2017 Chevy Court concert costs: See how much each band was paid (November 11, 2017)

New York State Fair: On A Budget

It’s that time of the year again… the NY State Fair!

State-Fair-Logo

UPDATED FOR 2016!

Spending a day (or more) at the Fair can be an expensive outing (on average, visitors spend about $121). As the goal of this blog is to help save you money, I’ve compiled a list of ways to have a good time at the Fair without breaking the bank:

Tickets / Admission

  • Advance sale tickets – Available through today (August 24) only – $6 for adults* (otherwise $10 at the gate)
    • A full list of locations where these are sold can be found here
  • Six-Day Frequent Fairgoer Admission Pass – allows one person to attend 6 days at the Fair for $30
  • $3 admission Thursdays (August 25, September 1)
  • Law Enforcement Day (August 26) – free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel
  • Senior Citizen’s Day (August 29 and August 30) – free admission to senior citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Fire & Rescue Day (August 30)free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization
  • Armed Forces Day (September 1) – free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
  • Six Nations Day (September 2) – free admission for Native Americans
  • Student Day (September 2) – free admission to those 18 years old and under
  • Summer Send Off “Dollar Day” (September 5) – $1 admission on the last day of the fair
  • This past February, the Fair sold $4 general admission tickets

*Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair*

Travel

Save on gas and parking (and hassle, too) by taking the bus!

Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair. The 13 Park-N-Ride locations and schedules can be found here. Centro Ride Passes and transfers are accepted. For most of the locations, it is a $2 fare for adults (ages 10-64) and children 5 and under are free.

Related: How to get to the New York State Fair without a car

Money Saving Coupons

New this year!

Head over here to check out and download the State Fair Money Saving Coupons! The coupons include discounts on a variety of things including food, wine, bull riding, and more.  These easy print at home coupons are the perfect way to save a buck.

Entertainment

Rides

  • Wade Shows Midway Monday (August 29) – Special limited wristband offer, 10 rides for only $10.00.
  • Midway Mega Pass Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $70.00 each for unlimited rides (all day, every day)
  • Midway One-Day Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $20 or $25 each (all day, any one day)

Chevy Court

Perhaps the best FREE concert series in America, the Chevy Court stage will host 23 free concerts this year from artists like Kesha, Daughtry, Dashboard Confessional, Chicago, and more.

Attractions/Exhibits

For $2, you can visit the SkyRiver Butterfly Exhibit, where you can hold a butterfly on a q-tip.

The PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour is held on Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 in the Family Fun Center near the Youth Building.  There is no charge to take part in the tour.

There are dozens of other attractions at the New York State Fair that are displayed here, including free shows and exhibits.

Food / Drink

  • Milk
    • Get a delicious 7 ounce cup of chocolate or white milk for 25 cents at the Rainbow Milk Bar (Dairy Building)
  • Baked Potato
    • Get a baked potato with toppings for only $1 at the Potato Booth (NE corner of Horticulture Building)
  • Hot Dogs
    • There are various food stands that offer $1 hot dogs (i.e. Emmi’s Hots)

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  • Ice Cream
    • Utica Coffee Company offers $1 ice cream scoops
    • Several ice cream stands offer mini-cones for $1
    • Turkey Hill is handing out free carmel-peanut butter gelato cups this year
  • Other $2 and under choices
    • Las Delicias – Chicken Empanadas ($2)
    • Several stands sell 12-ounce cans of soda for a dollar
    • Chicken tenders – The Hofmann Hot Dogs/Twin Trees Restaurant stand offers tenders for $1 (Hot dogs and water, too)

Bonus tip: If you go on a hot day and/or tend to get thirsty often, plan on purchasing from a vendor who offers free refills. For example, you pay $10 upfront but get unlimited refills throughout the day.

Food Finder & Interactive Map

Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”

  • Adult admission to the Fair will be $1.00 per person all day (September 5)
  • All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1.00 per ride
  • Vendors will be offering $1.00 specials on food, drink, and merchandise
  • There will be also be a fireworks show after the Chicago concert

 

Do you know of any other ways to save money at the Fair? Please comment below 🙂

New York State Fair: On a Budget

It’s that time of the year again… the NY State Fair!

State-Fair-Logo

UPDATED FOR 2016!

Spending a day (or more) at the Fair can be an expensive outing.  As the goal of this blog is to help save you money, I’ve compiled a list of ways to have a good time at the Fair without breaking the bank:

Tickets / Admission

  • Advance sale tickets – Available through today (August 24) only – $6 for adults* (otherwise $10 at the gate)
    • A full list of locations where these are sold can be found here
  • Six-Day Frequent Fairgoer Admission Pass – allows one person to attend 6 days at the Fair for $30
  • $3 admission Thursdays (August 25, September 1)
  • Law Enforcement Day (August 26) – free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel
  • Senior Citizen’s Day (August 29 and August 30) – free admission to senior citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Fire & Rescue Day (August 30)free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization
  • Armed Forces Day (September 1) – free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
  • Six Nations Day  (September 2) – free admission for Native Americans
  • Student Day (September 2) – free admission to those 18 years old and under
  • Summer Send Off “Dollar Day” (September 5) – $1 admission on last day of the fair
  • This past November, the Fair sold $3 general admission tickets on Cyber Monday

      *Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair.

Travel

Save on gas and parking (and hassle, too) by taking the bus!

Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair.   The 13 Park-N-Ride locations and schedules can be found here. Centro Ride Passes and transfers are accepted.   For most of the locations, it is a $2 fare for adults and children 6 and under are free.

Related: How to get to the New York State Fair without a car

Money Saving Coupons

New this year!

Head over here to check out the State Fair Money Saving Coupons! The coupons include discounts on food, wine, clothing, bull riding, etc.  These easy print at home coupons are the perfect way to save a buck.

Best Bets Bargain Book (sponsored by Tully’s)

  • Features 106 deals totaling over $3,500 in valuable coupons
  • Available for $4
  • A full list of deals can be found here

Entertainment

Rides

  • Wade Shows Midway Monday (August 29) – Special limited wristband offer, 10 rides for only $10.00.
  • Midway Mega Pass Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $70.00 each for unlimited rides (all day, every day)
  • Midway One-Day Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $20 each (all day, any one day)

Chevy Court

Perhaps the best FREE concert series in America, the Chevy Court stage will host 23 free concerts this year from artists like Rick Springfield, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Everclear and more.

Attractions/Exhibits
For $1, you can visit the Butterfly Exhibit, where you can hold a butterfly on a q-tip.

There are dozens of other attractions at the Fair that are displayed here.

Food / Drink

  • Milk
    • Get a delicious 7 ounce cup of chocolate or white milk for 25 cents at the Rainbow Milk Bar (Dairy Building)
  • Baked Potato
    • Get a baked potato with toppings for only $1 at the Potato Booth (NE corner of Horticulture Building)
  • Hot Dogs
    • There are various food stands that offers $1 hot dogs (i.e. Emmi’s Hots)
  • Ice Cream
    • Utica Coffee Company offers $1 ice cream scoops

If you go on a hot day and/or tend to get thirsty often,  plan on purchasing from a vendor who offers free refills.  For example, you pay $10 upfront but get unlimited refills throughout the day.

Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”

  • Adult admission to the Fair will be $1.00 per person all day (September 5)
  • All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1.00 per ride
  • Vendors will be offering $1.00 specials on food, drink, and merchandise
  • There will be also be a fireworks show after the Nick Jonas concert

 

Do you know of any other ways to save money at the Fair?  Comment below 🙂

NYS Fair $3 Tickets During 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Today only, the New York State Fair is holding a special Solar Eclipse Sale with $3 admission tickets (which was the price of admission in 1979).

1,979 digital tickets will be available online at eTix.com during the eclipse, from 1:15pm to 3:45pm.

These tickets are good for any day of the Fair.  A credit card charge will be added to the cost of online purchases (about 9 cents extra), as well as a 12 cents per ticket surcharge.

Please limit 2 tickets per person.

Head here to grab your $3 tickets!

Groupon: Up to 50% Off NYS Fair General Admission

General Admission to The Great New York State Fair (Up to 50% Off)

Two Options Available:

  • Two Vouchers: Each Good for One General Admission Ticket – Only $11 (reg. $20)
  • Four Vouchers: Each Good for One General Admission Ticket – Only $20 (reg. $40)

Promotional value expires Sep 4, 2017. This is a ticket to use for admission to The Great New York State Fair during the 2017 season (8/23/17-9/4/17) Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per person. Refunds only the day of purchase. The Great New York State Fair is the issuer of the voucher for this event.

NYS Fair: Get Discounted Ride Wristbands Thursday

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Just a heads up…

The New York State Fair will offer 5,000 discounted all-day ride wristbands for just $15 starting this Thursday (2/23/2017) at 6 AM.  These wristbands usually cost $20 for weekday use and $25 for weekend use (advanced sale rates) or $25 for weekday use and $30 for weekend use during the Fair.   They will be good for unlimited rides for one weekday during the 2017 fair.

** You must buy them through the following link: etix.com **

NYS Fair: No Milk Bar Price Increase

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Good news!

The price of milk at the Rainbow Bar will not be increasing from 25¢ to 50¢.

A cup of milk at the New York State Fair will still cost a quarter after all





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