The New York State Fair was held for eighteen days this year and it proved to be too long. Attendance was down over five hundred thousand from 2019 to 2021. Even though COVID had a lot to do with the low numbers, the New York State Fair will be shorter in 2022.
The Director of the New York State Fair, Troy Waffner said that it was a challenge for vendors and to staff the Fair for eighteen days. He says that going back to a thirteen-day fair will help fairgoers, vendors, Fairground employees, and every capacity of the Fair according to CBS 6 News.
It wasn’t just the adults that didn’t attend the Fair this year, their child numbers were way down. They attribute that to the threat of COVID with parents choosing to not attend with their children. In 2021 the New York State Fair attendance was 798,095 which seems like a large number but when you compare it to 2019’s attendance numbers at 1,329,275 it’s quite the difference.
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