GEDDES — Yes, there will be a New York State Fair in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
“The fair must go on,” Cuomo said.
The fair will take place Aug. 20 through Sept. 6.
There will be some modifications in the planning, Cuomo said, including limiting capacity to 50%. Those plans will continue to be revised leading up to August, Cuomo said. Capacity could be increased if COVID-19 rates continue to decline.
The fair was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and limits on large gatherings.
Since January, the state fairgrounds has operated as one of the state’s largest vaccination sites. Cuomo said more than 345,000 people have been vaccinated so far this year at the fair’s Expo Center.
Cuomo said he wants vendors and fair-goers to mark their calendars and start making plans to attend the 18-day festival.
Cuomo has said in recent weeks that he wants the fair to take place this year. He made the announcement during an event at the fairgrounds Monday morning, followed by remarks from Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and Assemblyman William Magnarelli, D-Syracuse.