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A New Tradition Returns to the
New York State Fairgrounds in the Expo Center

Syracuse, New York, November 4, 2019

It’s “All the Fun of the Fair” but indoors in the Expo Center on the New York State Fairgrounds. Featuring the food, rides, music and entertainment that people enjoy in the summer, is now an annual event in the middle of winter. For the debut this year back in February, Winter Fair had over 25,000 people in attendance! This major event will take place Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 9. Advanced sale tickets are available at Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens/pre-teens and seniors. Children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge. At the door, admission is $7 for adults and $5 for teens/pre-teens and seniors. Children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge.

“Everyone loves the New York State Fair! We wanted to give families a chance to experience elements of the Fair during the winter. It will be a party to chase away the winter doldrums. The New York State Fairgrounds have great year around events and we want to have Winter Fair become a new tradition in “Making Memories”. said Steve Becker of Premier Promotions, the promoter of Winter Fair.

Winter Fair 2020 will take place again inside the Expo Center, which is the largest open space venue outside New York City between Boston and Cleveland. Winter Fair 2020 will fill the Expo Center with a variety of food vendors, crafters, businesses, and non-profit organizations along with rides, entertainment and special features.

“We’re very excited to have Winter Fair back among the dozens of events that call the New York State Fairgrounds home. It’s a great way to brighten a Central New York winter and we wish Winter Fair a strong and successful second year,” said Troy Waffner, State Fair Director.

The New York State Fair and other events at the Fairgrounds are an attraction to bring people to Syracuse and Onondaga County. We are the heart of New York. Winter Fair is a community event for Central New York and is also an economic boost bringing in people from across New York State. For those travelers coming in from out of the town, the Official Winter Fair Hotel is the Embassy Suites at Destiny USA.

It’s rare during the winter to have a chance to enjoy rides, amusements and games. Winter Fair 2020 again will feature a Mini-Midway. Kevin Jankowicz, an owner of Main Events Amusements, provider of the Mini-Midway, commented: “the Mini-Midway was welcomed fun for the kids and their families. For Winter Fair 2020, we are expanding the Mini-Midway. The big ride attraction was the Ferris Wheel. So, for Winter Fair 2020, we will have 2 Ferris Wheels! Also we are adding the Avengers ride and we’ll have at least 15 rides in the Mini-Midway. There will be games, amusements and carnival food, too!” A complete list of rides and cost will be available in January at the Winter Fair website. The Mini-Midway is sponsored by Tarson Pools and Spas.

Where can you get pizze fritte in the winter? Of course at Winter Fair 2020! A staple of the Fair, Villa Pizze Fritte will be there along with Fair favorites such as Kikk’s Authentic Greek Food, BBQ with Limp Lizard, southern comfort food with Henry’s Hen House, Hoffmann Hot Dogs, Coneys, prime ribs sandwiches from Bosco’s at the Fair and definitely there’s, State Fair Sausage Sandwiches. New food vendors will include Baked Potato Express and Glazed & Confused Donuts. A complete list of food vendors with their menus will be online in January at the Winter Fair website.

There will be wall-to-wall entertainment at Winter Fair 2020. Headliners will include, on Friday February 7th: Barndogs featuring Miss E and the 8-piece funk, pop and R&B band: Atlas; on Saturday it’s Just Joe, Brownskin with Joe Driscoll and closing at the evening will be Hard Promises; Sunday will wrap up the day with Country Swagg. Earlier in the day there will be special entertainment including the winner of the Jewish Community Center Battle of the Bands and a 90-minute Gospel Sunday program under the direction of Dr. Joan Hillsman. Gospel Sunday is presented by the NAACP.

Additional features will highlight the Six Nations Native American dancers, martial arts demonstrations with Karate John’s, Irish dancers, a fashion show and a Fair favorite, Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy. Hilby will be at Winter Fair 2020 on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th. A complete schedule of entertainment and special features will be available in January at the Winter Fair website.

Yes, the Ice Sculptures will be back lining the walkway to the Expo Center. Bath Fitter will be the Main Winter Fair Ice Sculpture Sponsor.

Winter Fair 2020 will include as well, fundraisers. The NAACP will be managing the Coat Check and will receive a portion of the proceeds. A check for $1000 was presented to the NAACP after the debut Winter Fair event.

Winter Fair Hoops with return with attendances shooting baskets and winning prizes for a good cause. This past year $3600 was raised to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse through the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse is grateful for the funds raised during Winter Fair 2019, as it was able to provide support for our daily programming efforts. We are excited to see our community again at this years event, ” said Jeff Eysaman – Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse. The goal this year is to raise $5000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse. Price Chopper/Market 32 is a Sponsor for the Winter Fair Hoops.

We saved the best for last! A new addition to Winter Fair 2020 is Winter Fireworks! The 20-minute display from Majestic Fireworks will take place on Friday February 7 at 9:30pm and on Saturday February 8 at 9:30pm. Winter Fireworks are very special, since the colors are brighter with the crisper air. It will be a great sight to see wrapping up each day on Friday and Saturday.

Winter Fair fireworks sponsored by Onondaga County

More information and a link to ticket sales can be found at Winter Fair’s website at Updates for Winter Fair 2020 will be on Facebook at

Winter Fair 2020 is not affiliated with the Great New York State Fair.

Contact: Steve Becker, Winter Fair Promoter, 315.727.9393,

Winter Fair 2020 is produced by promoter Steve Becker, owner/president of Premier Promotions. Premier Promotions marked its 22nd year in September, 2019. Steve also is the producer for Jazz in the City and the Small Business Show – SOHO Syracuse along with event management for such events as: the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, the New York State Rhythm and Blues Festival, Taste of Syracuse, Parade of Homes and the Syracuse International Film Festival.

Winter Fair 2020 Associate Promoter is Allen LaVenture of Synergy Holdings. Allen is a marketing & event specialist for events and organizations such as: Salt City Comic Con, Syracuse Silver Knights, the Syracuse Crunch and the New York State Fair.

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