The Great New York State Fair is a 12-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. With midway rides, concessionaires, exhibits and concerts, it has become New York’s largest annual event and an end-of-summer tradition for hundreds of thousands of families from all corners of the state. The first fair took place in Syracuse in 1841 and took permanent residence there in 1890. It is the oldest and one of the largest state fairs in the United States, with nearly one million visitors annually.
The Great New York State Fair begins on the third or fourth Thursday in August and runs for 12 days, ending on Labor Day. The 2016 fair will run from August 25 – September 5.
It is located on the 375-acre (152 ha) on the western border of Syracuse, in the town of Geddes.
The State Fair Grandstand hosts events including sell-out concerts presenting a wide variety of national performing artists such as Justin Bieber, Aerosmith, Journey, and many, many others. It also hosts the widely popular Demolition Derby each fair season. In February 2010, the Grandstand made national headlines when it hosted the first outdoor game in American Hockey League History. However, the Grandstand will be retired in 2015 and succeeded by the new Lakeview Amphitheater nearby.