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Attendance up at state fair following renovations

Photo courtesy of NYS Fair

The New York State Fair in Syracuse is in its final weekend. Already this year, attendance is up.

This is the first fair following a $50 million state renovation.  Wider boulevards were created for fair-goers. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will propose a second round of renovations for the fairgrounds next year.

Acting Director Troy Waffner says this year's fair has drawn more repeat visitors than in the past.

"Fair-goers love the landscaping and wider boulevards," Waffner said. "But the vendors want to narrow the aisles next year to force people more into a chute, creating a better business environment."

Waffner says the fair has drawn more visitors from Western New York, following a major state advertising push.