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      State Fair introduces changes to the Great Potato Booth to streamline your wait for the $1 spud

      With the Great New York State Fair just a little more than two weeks away, mouths that are watering for the famous baked potato may be treated to an additional bonus.

      The State Fair is rolling out a new method to cut down on the amount of time you spend in line waiting for the baked potato in the Horticulture Building.

      This year, the baked potato station will be broken into three separate areas where you can pick up your spud, dress it with condiments, and get a drink.

      Darrel Aubertine, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, says it's hoped the partitioning will streamline the process, and move people through at a quicker pace.

      "While our goal is to reduce the lines, which at times can stretch the width of the Horticulture Building, one thing isn't going to change. Your baked potato will remain $1, which remains one of the greatest deals at the Great New York State Fair," Aubertine said in a news release.

      The New York State Fair runs from Thursday, August 22 through Monday, September 2. This year the theme is "Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York."

      The Fair has also extended its box office hours into the evenings during the week so that you can get your admission tickets, Grandstand concert tickets, Midway ride tickets, and more.

      Up until the opening day of the Fair, the box office will be open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Fair's Best Bets Bargain Book is also available for $4 at the box office. It contains 100 coupons valued at $3,000. You can get to the box office by entering the Fairgrounds at Gate 2.

      $6 advance sale tickets, which are 40% off the price at the gate, are available across the state.