The 2014 New York State Fair has a huge record to be proud of: on Saturday, it broke an all-time attendance record.
120,617 people came to The Fair on Saturday, that's 101 visitors more than on the old record day, in 1989. The perfect weather, and a sold-out concert helped.
At the Grandstand, they announced the 'official' sell-out at mid-afternoon on Saturday. It's the first, and only, full house for this year's run. Florida Georgia Line, which packed Chevy Court in a rainstorm last year, was the opening act, with Jason Aldean thrilling some 20-thousand fans in the main event.
With Sunday and Monday to go, The Fair is 64,089 ahead in attendance compared to last year's pace. And, while Sunday's rain may cut the numbers, Interim Fair Director Troy Waffner tells us a Dollar Day Monday is planned, with reduced admission and ride prices, and many food and merchandise vendors also offering $1 specials, in an effort to beef up what's been a lower attendance day in the past.