December 15, 2014
Albany, NY

Applications Available for Musicians and Entertainers Seeking to Perform at 2015 Great New York State Fair

Applications Available for Musicians and Entertainers Seeking to Perform at 2015 Great New York State Fair
Review of Applicants is Already Underway

Musicians, bands, and entertainers who would like to perform at New York State’s largest festival can now apply for consideration for the 2015 Great New York State Fair, according to Troy Waffner, Acting Director of the Fair.  Applications are available at:

Applications are reviewed as they arrive.  Reviews will end when all available slots are filled.

Last year, the Fair hired approximately 100 bands and solo musicians for seven performance venues – the Empire Theater, the Midway Music Series, Gospel Music Weekend, the Regional Artists Variety Stage, the Grange Stage, the Pan-African Village, and the Daily Parade.  Those performers put on more than 190 shows during the 12 day Fair, about half of all Fairgrounds performances when stages such as the Grandstand and Chevy Court as well as performances booked by other organizations are taken into account.

The Fair is also seeking applications from entertainers for its grounds entertainment program, which includes the strolling street performers such as longtime favorite Hilby the comic juggler as well as for performers and attractions in fixed locations such as a chainsaw artist or last year’s new Wolves of the World show.

“While the Fair is known as a showcase of national-quality entertainment, we also hire a huge number of performers from around New York State to round out our menu of music and fun.  I encourage all of New York’s talented performers to apply and have a chance at playing for a huge audience and making new fans,” said Waffner.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 – September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at [email protected].