New York State Fairgrounds

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The New York State Fair is fast approaching and fairgoers have a lot to look forward to.  With only six days left until the fair begins, many are unsure of what to expect now that the first phase of renovations has wrapped up.  Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner was the guest speaker at today’s FOCUS Greater Syracuse forum.  He discussed attractions and features that attendees will notice during the fair’s 13-day run.

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Plans are in place for phase two of the revitalization of the state fairgrounds, which aim to improve parking and access to the neighboring amphitheater.  Governor Cuomo’s proposal announced Monday also includes making the venue a year-round operation. 

Cuomo says he has accepted the recommendation of the State Fair Task Force created in November to come up with the next round of improvements.  He says one of the most exciting possibilities will address a transportation gap…

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A task force created in November to prioritize the next round of potential improvements to the state fairgrounds has less than a month to presents its recommendations to Governor Cuomo.

The State Fair brought in a record-breaking 1.1 million people this year thanks in part to a $50 million investment made last year.   The 21-member task force is considering expanding transportation options and addressing the configuration of the parking lots among other things.  Spokesperson Dave Bullard is looking forward to the possibilities.  

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s ready to invest an additional 50 million dollars into the state fairgrounds following a record breaking state fair.  But he says it depends on if he agrees with plans made by his newly-appointed task force for phase two of improvements to transform the grounds into a year-round venue.  He made the announcement yesterday.

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The Metamorphosis of the State Fairgrounds will be dually new territory for car enthusiasts and attendees alike at this year’s Syracuse Nationals.  It’s a feeling of “what the heck happened here?”  But as shiny, pinstriped vehicles fill in to park on what will serve as the new midway in a little over a month, eyes will concentrate more on some of the hottest wheels in town.  The kind people dream of owning as kids playing with scale cars.  It’s all about the paint and what’s under the hoo

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Much of the $50 million  transformation of the state fairgrounds is beginning to wrap up, and Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped by Wednesday to take a look.  The governor also announced the launch of an effort to look into privatizing fairgrounds operations.

Cuomo says for decades, the fairgrounds has been a metaphor for Upstate New York.  It just wasn’t getting the investment it deserved.  Now, that’s changing.

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  One of the people through the turnstiles at the State Fair Tuesday was Governor Cuomo.  He was ready to share with fairgoers his vision for a new look to the fairgrounds.  The visit was making good on a promise to move the attraction into the future.

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Thousands of cars, from hot rods to classics to muscle cars will be on display at the New York State Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday for the 2015 Syracuse Nationals.  Organizers expect 8000 cars and as many as 80,000 visitors.  

Tourism officials told the Business Journal that last year's event boosted the local economy by $13 million.  Organizers call the Nationals the largest car show in the Northeast. 

The sight and sound filled my eyes and ears, a piece of America on Memorial Day Weekend so right.

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