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Fair attendance up 13 percent in 2014

Rochester Business Journal
September 2, 2014

The New York State Fair drew 965,147 visitors this year, with two single-day attendance records fueled by its first Dollar Day promotion on Labor Day and a renewed focus on state agriculture, officials said Tuesday.

The total attendance was 113,990 higher than 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said. This year’s mark fell short of the record attendance of 1,011,248 set in 2001.

“The Great New York State Fair brings together the best that New York’s agriculture industry has to offer, ultimately raising the profile of so many farmers, vendors and small business owners from across upstate,” Cuomo said in a statement.

A single-day record of 120,617 attended Saturday, surpassing the previous mark set 25 years ago, officials said. The Saturday record was broken Monday when 122,870 used the Dollar Day promotion for $1 admission and $1 midway rides.

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