New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Great New York State Fair broke the all-time attendance record.
As of Monday afternoon, more than 1.26 million people have attended the fair this year. The fair also reached a high for daily attendance with 134,115 attendees on Saturday, September 1.
This achievement was celebrated with Cuomo and Laurie Bort, a member of the family who broke the record when they visited on Monday, smashing an oversized replica vinyl record with baseball bats in the Fair’s Empire Room. The Bort family also received several prizes, including life-time passes to the fair.
The state legislature has invested over $120 million to refurbish the fairgrounds, adding new rides, attractions and games.
One aspect that drew people in was the new Expo Center. The center features a temporary ice rink used for hockey, figure skating, broomball and free public skating. It also housed the I Love New York exhibit, which allowed attendees to experience New York’s four seasons, and the Taste NY beer garden, where fairgoers could sample Taste NY products.
Other popular entertainment at the fair included 50 musical performance and Sesame Street Live.
At the ceremony Cuomo highlighted the importance of investing in Central and Upstate New York. He says in the past the state invested solely in downstate New York, but the current investment in other areas will pay dividends.
“That’s what the fair says,” Cuomo said. “It says when you invest, there is tremendous potential to grow.”