• Friday, February 7th will be SENIOR DAY. If you don’t have an advance ticket, you can purchase a Senior ticket at the box office for a discount of $1 off the $5 Senior ticket!. There will be Senior Discounts for select food items. Seniors will receive a $1 off the $3 ride ticket or $5 off the $20 all day ride pass in the Mini-Midway. Plus entertainment on Friday will feature the oldies group, Menage A Soul, The Barndogs with Miss E playing classic rock from the Allmans to Janis Joplin and closing out the day with a big dance party featuring, ATLAS. Be sure to plan on coming to celebrate SENIOR DAY at Winter Fair 2020! (Seniors: 60 years old or older).
  • Winter Fireworks sponsored by Onondaga County will be on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 9:30pm! Come out earlier...have dinner, ride the rides, visit the vendors & exhibits, watch the entertainment and wrap it up with Winter Fireworks!
  • Winter Fair Hours: Friday, February 7, 2pm-10pm, Saturday, February 8, 10am-10pm, February 9, 10am-6pm.
  • Yes, Parking is FREE! Go to Gate 6 and you will be directed where to park on the Fairgrounds.
  • For Winter Fair 2020 updates go to:
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winter fair memories

A New Tradition Returns to the
New York State Fairgrounds in the Expo Center
Stanley Law is the Presenting Sponsor
Onondaga County is the Winter Fireworks Sponsor

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.

The Presenting Sponsor for Winter Fair 2020 is Stanley Law. They take an active role in supporting community events like Winter Fair. With six office locations, the trial lawyers at Stanley Law represent injured people throughout Pennsylvania and New York. They use their 90 years of combined experience to help their clients achieve the best possible results. Their dedication to excellence shows, helping them achieve a reputation as one of the leading personal injury law firms in the area.

Joe Stanley said, "All of us on the Team at Stanley Law are excited to be a part of Winter Fair. It’s a wonderful way to bring our community together. We appreciate the opportunity also to have a presence for our charity Music for the Mission, to raise awareness and for helping those less fortunate in Central NY”

Also, Joe Stanley is the founder and president for Music for the Mission. Founded in 2009, Music for the Mission is a humble nonprofit organization focused on assisting the homeless and the hungry in Central New York. At Music for the Mission they believe that music, with its innate ability to energize people, can contribute to the rehabilitation of those who need it most. Stanley Law will be raising money at Winter Fair for Music for the Mission. They will be re-directing the proceeds to organizations focused on Central New York. By supporting Music for the Mission, you are not only assisting the homeless and the hungry, you are providing targeted assistance to those within your own community.

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.

The Winter Fair fireworks are sponsored by Onondaga County. County Executive Ryan McMahon supports Winter Fair. He notes, “it helps drive the economic activity that pays for local government. Sales tax is our number one revenue for both the county and city government. You need to invest back into events that will help grow that revenue, and have people come out and spend money, have people from outside the area come here. This event will help continue to enhance arts and culture experience, that entertainment experience."

For Winter Fair 2020, The New York State Fair is a Promotional Partner. “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 and Cabot Cheese.

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, and State Fair Sausage, Hoffmann Hot Dogs, Coneys, prime ribs sandwiches from Bosco’s at the Fair. 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: Menage A Soul, 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. Additional Ice Sculptures are sponsored by WellNow and Metro Mattress.

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.

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

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.