‘This Is A Really Tough One’: New York State Fair Canceled

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SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The New York State Fair will not open this year, due to the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Monday.

“This is a really tough one,” Cuomo said.

The decision was expected. Other states across the country have been canceling their fairs. Cuomo said back in April that partial reopenings would likely not include the fair.

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The fair was supposed to be expanded from 13 to 18 days this year. In 2019, the fair had a record attendance of more than 1.3 million people. The expanded fair was expected to create hundreds of additional jobs.

“It’s been an economic boon for the whole region,” Cuomo said. “But this year we’re going to have to cancel it. That makes me personally, very unhappy, but that is where we are.”