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New York State Fair Guide: 2021 event features discounts, special days

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After setting an attendance record in 2019, the New York State Fair returns to Syracuse later this month – with a few changes.

Here is everything you need to know about this year’s event:

Dates and hours

This year’s fair will be the longest yet, running from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6 – a total of 18 days. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (except Labor Day, when the hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.).

Daily admission

This year, tickets will cost $3 per person (down from $10 in 2019). For all 18 days of the fair, admission will be free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children ages 12 and under. You must purchase tickets online in advance – they go on sale Aug. 1 at

If you have unused advanced sale tickets from 2019, they are valid for this year’s event.

Special days

In addition to this year’s discounts, the fair will again offer several special days, including:

Fidelis Care Youth Student Day (Saturday, Aug. 21): Free admission for attendees ages 18 and under.

Fire & Rescue Day (Monday, Aug. 23): Free admission for firefighters and emergency personnel (active or retired).

Dairy Day (Thursday, Aug. 26): This special day recognizes New York’s dairy industry. 

Law Enforcement Day (Monday, Aug. 30): Free admission for law enforcement (active or retired).

Beef Day (Tuesday, Aug. 31): This special day recognizes New York’s beef industry. 

Armed Forces Day (Thursday, Sept. 2): Free admission for veterans and active military members.

Learn more

For more information, including a list of this year’s concerts, visit

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