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New York State Fair Guide: 2022 event features $3 admission, special days

Crowd at NYS Fairgrounds
Photo by Michael Davis

The first New York State Fair took place in 1841.

Nearly two centuries later, it continues to be a staple of the summer calendar.

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


The fair will run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 – a total of 13 days. The fairground’s hours are: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – midnight. On Labor Day, the fair will be open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Tickets will again cost $3 per person. They can be purchased in advance online – or at electronic kiosks at each gate. For all 13 days of the fair, admission will be free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children ages 12 and under.

“As part of our commitment to making sure that the Fair is as accessible as possible to all New Yorkers, our team felt strongly that keeping admission across the board at $3 was the right thing to do – especially as we continue to re-emerge from the pandemic,” said Sean Hennessey, interim fair director, in a press release.

Parking will cost $5 and must be purchased online.


The fair will again offer several special days, including:

Fidelis Care Youth Student Day (Thursday, Aug. 25): Free admission for attendees ages 18 and under.

Agriculture Career Day (Thursday, Aug. 25): Learn about careers opportunities in the industry.

National Grid Law Enforcement Day (Monday, Aug. 29): Free admission for law enforcement (active or retired).

National Grid Fire & Rescue Day (Tuesday, Aug. 30): Free admission for firefighters and emergency personnel (active or retired).

Armed Forces Day (Thursday, Sept. 1): Free admission for veterans and active military members.

Dairy Day (Thursday, Sept. 1): This special day recognizes New York’s dairy industry. 


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

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