New York State Fair Cancelled: First Time Since World War II


Cuomo: There are reports Upstate of gatherings where people aren’t socially distanced, and people aren’t wearing masks.

This has been the question of the summer; will the New York State Fair be held this year? The answer has come and to no one’s surprise there will be no New York State Fair in Syracuse this year. This was to be a special year with plans to extend the annual event to 18 days. Those plans will have to wait until next year.

In his media briefing yesterday the cancellation became official, According to Gov. Cuomo,” On casinos and movie theaters, we’re still looking at the data, but for now they’re going to be closed. We are not going to open the State Fair in Syracuse. This is a really tough one. Fairs all across the nation are not reopening. We have a fantastic State Fair in Syracuse. We’ve invested a lot of money. We’ve had record attendance, 1.3 million people last year, we broke the attendance record. We invested money, we redid the whole State Fair. We built a new expo center, 110,000 square feet, it’s really amazing. It’s been an economic boon for the whole region. This year we’re going to have to cancel it and that makes me personally very unhappy, but that is where we are.”

In addition to the New York State Fair the Governor had a stern warning for people living in Upstate New York.  The Governor said, “There are reports Upstate of gatherings where people aren’t socially distanced, and people aren’t wearing masks. You know, I don’t know how else to say it: Actions have consequences. Our success was a function of our action. You change your action, you change your behavior, you are going to change the outcome. It is that simple. That curve was purely a function of what we did. If we change what we’re doing, you’re going to change the trajectory of the virus. I understand people are fatigued. We’ve been doing this for 128 days. I get it, but it doesn’t change the facts and we have to stay smart. I need, we need, every person in the state needs the local governments to enforce the law. And I talk to local governments about this all the time. Mayors, county executives, et cetera and I’m going to have another round of conversations today.

The New York State Fair has been in continuous operation except during WWII when the facility was used as a Military Base between 1942 – 1947.