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NYS FAIR RECAP: Another ‘great’ year as attendance records are shattered

It’s a question that was asked after the 2016 and 2017 New York state fairs: How does the fair follow up a record-breaking performance?

We’ll find out in 2019.

The fair closed out the 2018 installment of the annual summer festival with a new all-time attendance record. But it was a record-setting fair in other ways. There’s a new single-day attendance record. There are several new daily attendance marks. And Chevy Court drew big crowds for evening concerts.

Here is a look at the 2018 New York State Fair, by the numbers:

8. The number of days (out of 13) that the fair set daily attendance records. Half of these record-setting days came during the first four days of the fair.

2. The number of times the fair broke its single-day attendance record. The fair drew 127,394 visitors on Saturday, Aug. 25 to break the previous single-day record of 124,819 set on Labor Day 2017. On Saturday, Sept. 1, the fair shattered the single-day record with 134,115 visitors.

6. The number of days the fair reported six-figure attendance totals. That’s a new record, according to the fair. To put this in perspective: When the fair broke its record last year, there were three 100,000-plus attendance days.

125,748. The number of people who attended the fair’s final day Monday. It’s a record for a Labor Day crowd. The previous high was 124,819 at last year’s fair. The new Labor Day record is the third-highest single-day attendance in the fair’s history.

134,115. The aforementioned single-day attendance record was set on Saturday, Sept. 1.

127,394. The number of people who attended the fair on Saturday, Aug. 25. At the time, it was the single-day record for fair attendance. The record fell one week later. – Read more from the Auburn Citizen

Coverage from throughout the record-breaking fair:

State Police: Teen stabbed, several fights break out at the NYS Fair Sunday (CNY Central)
How many people attended the 2018 NYS Fair? (CNY Central)
2 sent to hospital, 3 charged after fights, stabbing Sunday at NYS Fair (Syracuse.com)
New all-time NYS Fair attendance record: 1.2 million and counting (Syracuse.com)
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie sets record for Chevy Court attendance (NYS Fair review) (Syracuse.com)
NYS Fair traffic backs up, fights break out as large crowds leave Sunday (Syracuse.com)
Update: Pedestrian struck near NYS Fair taken to Syracuse hospital (Syracuse.com)
Car-pedestrian crash near NYS Fair in Geddes (Syracuse.com)
Troopers save woman choking at New York State Fair, police say (Syracuse.com)
New York State Fair sets single-day record for attendance (Syracuse.com)
Cynthia Nixon at the NYS Fair: Milk, sausage, politics and selfies (Syracuse.com)
NYS Fair 2018, by the numbers: A closer look at the record-breaking event (The Citizen)
Cuomo: NYS Fair sets new attendance record for third year in a row (The Citizen)
NYS Fair 2018 Food Truck Competition Day 2 entries, ranked: Meatballs, tacos and more (The Citizen)
‘It’s incomparable’: NYS Fair brings families, businesses together (The Citizen)
NYS Fair 2018 Food Truck Competition Day 1 entries, ranked: Grilled cheese, ice cream and more (The Citizen)

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