When are the special days and free admission days at the 2022 New York State Fair?

  • Updated: Aug. 19, 2022, 6:01 p.m.|
  • Published: Aug. 19, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
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A member of Rainbow Seniors in Pride Day parade at New York State Fair, Geddes, NY, Friday Aug. 23, 2019Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.

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Every weekday features some kind type of special day — some with free admission. Seniors 65 and older get in free every day. So do kids 12 and under.

The fair opens Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 24: Governor’s Day

  • Traditionally, the governor attends the fair on opening day.

Thursday, Aug. 25: Student Youth Day / Agriculture Career Day

  • Free admission for youth and students 18 and younger. ID may be required.
  • Agriculture Career Day is an opportunity to get young people excited about the many possibilities for future jobs in agriculture and give them a chance to learn about a wide variety of career options and connect directly with industry representatives.

Friday, Aug. 26: Pride Day / New Americans Day

  • The first state fair in America to host an official Pride Day to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, the annual event includes a morning flag raising ceremony at the main gate.
  • Approximately 100 new Americans will become citizens at a ceremony at Daniella’s Seafood & Pasta House in the Art & Home Center.

Monday, Aug. 29: Law Enforcement Day

  • Free admission to any active or retired law enforcement or corrections personnel who present a badge or picture ID from the department.
  • Ceremony at noon at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building, featuring NY Attorney General Letitia James.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Fire & Rescue Day / Beef Dayhttps://ed162546eb970830af6ed78d9427291e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

  • Free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization with photo ID.
  • Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building, featuring NY Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Women’s Day

  • Various activities will be held at the Art & Home center starting at 10 a.m., including the Fine Arts and Photo Exhibition and judging in the Culinary Arts area.
  • There will be a mini-fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chevy Court featuring women’s advocacy groups.

Thursday, Sept. 1: Armed Forces Day / Dairy Day

  • Free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
  • Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Horticulture Building.

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