November 13, 2018

New Winter Fair Event Brings the Best of The State Fair Indoors

Winter Fair Slider

Expo Center Events Complement “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

It’s the best of the Great New York State Fair, but indoors and in mid-winter; the new Winter Fair 2019 will fill the Exposition Center at the Fairgrounds with the food, rides, music and entertainment that fairgoers know and love. This mini version of the Fair takes place Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10. Advance tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 19. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for teens and seniors. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.

“The State Fair is the best and biggest party of the summer in Upstate New York. Our goal is to create the best party of the winter by borrowing some of the elements that make the Fair so great. We know this will be a good time and a great way to push aside the mid-winter blues,” said Steve Becker of Premier Promotions, the promoter of Winter Fair.

“We’re sure that families will be looking for something fun to do together in February and are very excited to see this new event grow and prosper. It’s another example of how the new Expo Center is changing the game for major events in Upstate New York,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.

Winter Fair will feature vendors offering a wide variety of fun foods and Fair favorites, like sausage sandwiches and pizze frittes. The Mini-Midway will feature rides, such as a merry-go-round, giant slide, tilt-a-whirl, a fun house and amusement games. A stage will feature music from a number of bands, including the Todd Hobin Band, the Blacklites, the Chris Taylor Custom Band, and more. The promoter is working with organizers of the Van Robinson Pan-African Village at the Fair to also bring some elements of that area to Winter Fair.

More information and a link to ticket sales can be found at Winter Fair’s website. Companies interested in vending or sponsorship can contact Steve Becker at 315-727-9393 or

Accelerating CNY Rising

Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

Premier Promotions also produces the Small Business Show – SOHO Syracuse and Jazz in the City. Since 1997, Premier Promotions has been assisting in event management for events including the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, Cicero Community Festival, the New York State Blues Festival, the Syracuse International Film Festival, Parade of Homes, the American Red Cross and the Taste of Syracuse.

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 on the Fairgrounds website.