Get rid of the winter blues with carnival rides and fair food at the Winter Fair at the New York State Fairgrounds February 8 - 10.

The indoor Mini-Midway in the Exposition Center will include ten carnival rides:

  • A Ferris Wheel
  • The Swinger
  • The Scrambler
  • The Zero Gravity
  • The Fun Slide
  • The Merry-Go-Round
  • The Scooper Jet
  • The Tubs of Fun
  • The Flying Elephants
  • The Car Combo

Rides are $3 each, with an All-Access Pass available for $15. All sales at the event are cash only. Thirty inches tall height restrictions will apply to all rides. There will also be a Fun House, as well as carnival food and game booths.

The full entertainment lineup:

Friday, February 8

4 p.m. - Paul Davie's Magical Mystery Tour Tribute to the Beatles
6 p.m. - The Ripcords, a Central New York staple, rippin’ through roots, rockabilly, country, blues, swing, and music influenced by both New Orleans, Bakersfield and more
8:30 p.m. - The Custom Taylor Band, Central New York's premier top 40 country music band

Saturday, February 9

11 a.m. - Kambuyu Marimba Band, playing dance music From Zimbabwe
12:15 p.m. - Francis Academy of Irish Dance
1 p.m. - Karate John's martial arts demonstration
1:30 p.m. - Mike & the Rhythm & Blues, a 12-piece youth orchestra
2:20 p.m. - Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, a tradition at the State Fair for more than 20 years, teasing and amusing audiences as he juggles, walks on stilts and rides a unicycle
3 p.m. - Karate John's martial arts demonstration
3:30 p.m. - Joe Driscoll, a musician/rapper/beatboxer who uses recorded loops of his beatboxing, and live looping using a sampler to fuse hip-hop, reggae, soul, folk and roots rock
4:45 p.m. - Native American Dancers, representing the Six Nations
6 p.m. - The BlackLites, an old school R&B/soul/funk group with a horn section.
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. - The Todd Hobin Band, a legendary Central New York rock band

Sunday, February 10

12:15 p.m. - Sera Bullis, age 16, a two-time Syracuse Area Music Awards winner who plays piano, cello, ukulele and electric guitar
1:30 p.m. - Winner of the JCC Battle of the Bands, putting a great high school group in the spotlight
3:30 p.m. - Grupo Pagan, a Latin- American group with a salsa-inspired flavor
6 p.m. Jess Novak Band, a 7-piece band featuring pop, rock, soul, love, a fiddle on fire and a powerhouse voice

Winter Fair runs 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturday and Noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Pre-sale tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors age 60 and above and for teens ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are free. A small service fee is added to each ticket, which can be purchased here. At the gate, tickets will be $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and teens and only cash will be accepted.


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