The second edition of Winter Fair opens February 7 in the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, featuring all the fun of the State Fair, but indoors. Winter Fair, featuring rides and games, food, music, and more, begins at 2 p.m. Friday and runs through 6 p.m. Sunday. Winter Fair, presented by Stanley Law, is operated by Premier Promotions with promotional support from the New York State Fair. New to Winter Fair are 20-minute fireworks displays at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, sponsored by Onondaga County.
Advance sale tickets are still available for $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and children ages 11-18. At the gate, adult admission is $7 and senior and child admission is $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Parking is free via Gate 6. Tickets, hours, and full details are available on the Winter Fair website.
Seniors age 60 and older receive a $1 discount on admission at the gate on Senior Day, Friday, February 7. In addition, food vendors will offer discounts and the midway will offer $1 off a $3 single ride ticket and $5 off a $20 ride-all-day pass.
The Winter Fair Mini-Midway, sponsored by Tarson Pools and Spas and Cabot Cheese, is expanding to 16 rides, including two indoor Ferris wheels. New food vendors for 2020 include Baked Potato Express and Glazed & Confused Donuts, along with returning favorites such as Villa Pizze Fritte, Kiki’s Authentic Greek Food, Henry’s Hen House, Limp Lizard BBQ, Bosco’s at the Fair, and more. A full list of midway rides, food, and merchandise vendors is available on the website. In addition, ice sculptures return to line the walkway to the Expo Center. The sculpture display is sponsored by Bath Fitter, with additional sculptures sponsored by WellNow and Metro Mattress.
The Winter Fair stage features top local and regional bands as well as performances Saturday and Sunday from Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, the most popular of the State Fair’s strolling performers. The full entertainment schedule is:
Friday, Feb. 7
- 3 p.m.: Menage A Soul
- 5 p.m.: The Barndogs with Miss E
- 7:30 p.m.: Atlas
- 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks outdoors
Saturday, Feb. 8:
- 11 a.m.: CNY Jazz Youth Trio
- 12:05 p.m.: Francis Academy of Irish Dance
- 12:35 p.m.: Karate John’s Martial Arts demonstration
- 1 p.m.: Edgar Pagan’s GPL
- 2:05 p.m.: Hilby
- 2:35 p.m.: Karate John’s Martial Arts demonstration
- 3 p.m. Just Joe
- 4:10 p.m.: Native American Dancers, representing the Indian Village
- 5 p.m.: Brownskin Band with Joe Driscoll
- 7:30 pm: Hard Promises
- 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks outdoors
Sunday, Feb. 9:
- 11 a.m.: Undefeated, winner of the JCC Battle of the Bands
- 12:10 p.m.: Fashion Show, coordinated by LS Jones & Co.
- 1 p.m.: Gospel Sunday, conducted by Dr. Joan Hillsman, sponsored by the Syracuse-Onondaga County NAACP
- 2:45 p.m.: Hilby
- 3:30 p.m.: Country Swagg
Winter Fair will continue its tradition of helping to raise money for important initiatives in the community. The Syracuse-Onondaga County NAACP will return to manage the coat check area. Last year, their portion of the proceeds was $1,000. Winter Fair Hoops also returns, sponsored by Price Chopper/Market 32, to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse through the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation. Last year, free throw shooters raised $3,600 for the organization.
State Fair Director Troy Waffner said, “We’re very happy to have Winter Fair back among the dozens of events that call the New York State Fairgrounds home. It’s a great way to brighten a Central New York winter and we wish Winter Fair a strong and successful second year.”
Presenting sponsor Joe Stanley said, “All of us on the team at Stanley Law are excited to be a part of Winter Fair. It’s a wonderful way to bring our community together. We appreciate the opportunity also to have a presence for our charity Music for the Mission to raise awareness and help those less fortunate in Central NY.”
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “Great events like Winter Fair help drive the economic activity that pays for local government and improves the quality of life for everyone. Here’s to a fun and successful weekend.”
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 and provides top-quality entertainment. The 2020 Fair runs from August 21 to September 7. 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].