The Great New York State Fair’s Expo Center will host eight evenings of big screen entertainment, including Syracuse University’s season-opening football game against Liberty University, which will not be shown on broadcast or cable television. The other seven evenings, called Family Movie Nights, feature kid-friendly films that the entire family can enjoy. All screenings are free of charge.
“This is our take on a drive-in movie experience. Families can come, grab a seat in the stands or on the turf field and laugh together to a great movie. We are also very happy to be able to bring the Syracuse University game to fans – now, they can come to the Fair and see the game,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.
Syracuse University will open its season Saturday, August 31 in Lynchburg, Virginia, playing non-conference opponent Liberty University. The 6 p.m. game will be shown on the Fair’s 55-foot screen through special arrangement with ESPN, which is only providing the game on its subscription streaming service, ESPN+.
Family Movie Nights begin Saturday, August 24 and run through Friday, August 30 and includes three films released this year. The full lineup:
- Saturday, August 24, 7 p.m.: The Incredibles 2 (PG);
- Sunday, August 25, 7 p.m.: Elf (PG), as part of the Fair’s special event Christmas in August;
- Monday, August 26, 6:30 p.m.: Miracle (PG);
- Tuesday, August 27, 7 p.m.: Detective Pikachu (PG);
- Wednesday, August 28, 8 p.m.: Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United (PG), as part of the Fair’s special event Comic Con at the Fair;
- Thursday, August 29, 6:30 p.m.: Avengers: Endgame (PG-13)
- Friday, August 30, 7 p.m.: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG)
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s third largest state fair. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of Governor Cuomo’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. Fair attendance is up more than 40% since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments, with 1.27 million people attending the Fair in 2018. The 2019 Fair runs from August 21 to September 2. Information about the Fair can be found here.
The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here. Find the Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at [email protected].