The Great New York State Fair will celebrate the halfway mark to the 2017 fair by offering, for the first time, the best deal of the year on ride-all-day weekday wristbands to the Wade Shows Midway.
Beginning at 6 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, wristbands will be available for $15 through the fair's official online retailer, etix.com.
The promotion will save fairgoers as much as $10 off the full price of a wristband.
The Halfway to the Fair sale marks the date that is six months from the opening of the 2017 fair. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/
Only 5,000 wristbands will be available for purchase through this special sale. Buyers will be emailed a barcoded voucher allowing them to exchange it for a wristband at the Wade Shows Midway customer service booth.
A wristband allows one person to enjoy as many rides on the Wade Shows Midway as desired during a single day. The $15 wristband is good only on weekdays, though fairgoers visiting on Saturday or Sunday can upgrade to the weekend wristband for $5 at the Wade Shows customer service booth.
In 2016, Wade Shows provided the largest number of rides ever seen at the Fair --75 rides -- including the largest traveling roller coaster in America. Fairgoers responded, riding the rides in record numbers on the new, larger Midway area.
Many exciting new rides are coming to the 2017 fair and will be announced soon.
Ride-all-day wristbands cost $20 for weekday use and $25 for weekend use during the advance sale period and are $25 on weekdays and $30 on weekends during the fair. A weekday wristband can be used on weekends by paying the $5 upcharge at the Wade Shows customer service booth.
Wristbands will not be good for use on the new SkyRide.
Wristbands purchased during the Halfway to the Fair sale will cost $15.46, which includes credit card and etix service fees. Buyers may purchase a maximum of four wristbands and will receive vouchers for the wristbands by email. Those vouchers must be brought to the Wade Shows customer service booth during the Fair to receive the wristbands. Purchase of the wristbands does not include admission to the Fair.
The 2017 New York State Fair, operated by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from Aug. 23 to Sept. 4.