Cheers to the ‘reimagined’ State Fair

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Hooray! The State Fair is returning!

Canceled last year because of the COVID-19 threat, the State Fair will be held this summer — with special rules in place to keep fairgoers, exhibitors, staff and performers safe during the pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Syracuse Monday to announce the details. “The New York State Fair is one of our biggest and most exciting tourist attractions that celebrates the spirit of New York and generates economic growth for the region and the entire state,” Cuomo said. “I’ve said time and again that no one wants to open the Fair this year more than I do — and we are finally making it happen in a safe, responsible way with the 2021 Reimagined New York State Fair.”

The event will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6. Featured will be the traditional food, drink, music, entertainment, Midway rides and agricultural highlights. Admission is $3 per person, with children under 12 admitted free of charge.

Outdoor participation will be a key ingredient of the “reimagined” State Fair. The Department of Health’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be followed, though changes are possible if found necessary. Admission will be limited, and the fairgrounds’ buildings, except bathrooms, will be closed. Admission to live concerts also will be limited. Four outdoor areas are planned, each of them a major element that makes the fair great.

The decision to reopen the fair is another solid step back toward normalcy.

Despite the restrictions, it’s good to see that New Yorkers and other visitors will have another opportunity to enjoy a great time at the State Fair.

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