Fairtime Vendor Information

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the New York State Fair. We are always looking for fun, new, and different items, foods and services that can be offered to Fairgoers for the 2022 New York State Fair that will be held for 13 days from Wednesday, August 24 through Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).

Interested parties must complete and submit an online Concessionaire/Exhibitor Space Application. These applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis. Please complete the entire application.

Apply Online Today! - Click HereHere is important information for potential vendors:


Please carefully follow the instructions when filling out the application and be sure to include photos of the products or descriptions of the services you will be offering as well as a layout and photos of what your vendor exhibit space or concession trailer will look like. As part of the review, the Fair will be looking for products and services that are not currently offered as well as vendor space that is presented in a professional, neat and nice looking manner.

The process is very competitive. Each year we receive hundreds of applications for a very limited number of licensing opportunities. The New York State Fair does not maintain a waiting list. As licensing opportunities become available, appropriate license registrations will be selected from the pool of registrations submitted.  * Please Note: All types of cooking under any tents will be strictly prohibited for new applicants.

Please review the application and instructions carefully. If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact the New York State Fair Concessions and Exhibits Office at geneanne.k-smith@agriculture.ny.gov or kelli.wolfe@agriculture.ny.gov.

This application takes 10-15 minutes to complete. If you do not complete the application, it will not be considered.

You will receive an emailed copy of your application at the end of this online process. Please save/print both for your records. Be sure to use an email address that is checked regularly. Also be sure to check your spam folder for email from The Great New York State Fair.


Important Information for All Participating
2022 New York State Fair Concessionaires & Exhibitors

General State Fair Terms, Conditions and Information:


State Fair Contract Information:


State Fair Vendor Resources:


State Fair Move-In, Set-Up & Move-Out Details:

Exhibit License Agreements, payments and all appropriate paperwork for your Concession or Exhibit location must be completed and paid in full before move-in will be allowed.



We welcome and encourage early set-up.  All license holders may bring their stands, exhibits, trailers, structures, and equipment onto the fairgrounds by appointment starting Starting Monday, August 15, 2022 through Saturday, August 20, 2022, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please email the Concessions & Exhibits office to request set up at a day/time at Geneanne.k-smith@agriculture.ny.gov or kelli.wolfe@agriculture.ny.gov.



All buildings and grounds will be open and ready for move-in and set-up on:

  • Sunday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 23 from 8:00am to 8:00pm, arriving after 8pm will require permission and an appointment.
  • All Concessionaires and Exhibitors (with the exception of those occupying permanent structures) shall first check-in with the Concessions and Exhibits Office. A representative from the Concessions and Exhibits Office will guide you to your designated location.
  • Vehicles may not be driven into Fair exhibit buildings - this includes the Center of Progress, Horticulture Building, Eatery, Science & Industry Building and Dairy Products Building.
  • In the event any concessionaire or exhibitor fails to occupy a leased space by 8:00pm, Tuesday, August 23, 2022, State Fair Management may terminate the contract unless prior permission has been obtained. No refund will be made in such a case, and the Fair will be authorized to reallocate said space to another Concessionaire or Exhibitor.



Under the terms of your Exhibit License Agreement, all exhibits and displays must remain open and in place until close of business Monday, September 5, 2022 Labor Day (this is 9:00 pm - closing includes buildings, outside locations, beer, wine and distilled spirits sales).

  • Indoor and outdoor concessionaires and exhibitors will be monitored by State Fair personnel on Monday, September 5, 2022. Dismantling of your concession/exhibit area before 9:00pm in buildings and outside locations will be cause for adverse documentation in your Exhibit License Agreement file.
  • Early dismantling of a concession/exhibit area will be taken into consideration for future Exhibit License Agreements with the New York State Fair.
  • Vehicles are not allowed on the Fairgrounds until 11:00pm on Monday, September 5, 2022. The New York State Police and New York State Fair Security will enforce this policy.
  • For move-out, all buildings will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm only on Tuesday and Wednesday following Labor Day. There will be no access to buildings after 4:30pm.
  • Congestion in the buildings at the time of move-out can be kept at a minimum if no vehicles may not be driven into Fair exhibit buildings - this includes the Center of Progress, Horticulture Building, Eatery, Science & Industry Building and Dairy Products Building.
  • Cooperation among vendors is expected and appreciated.
  • Due to the fact that the grounds are leased immediately after the New York State Fair, all belongings, this includes propane tanks, tents, equipment, trash, cardboard must be removed from the Fairgrounds by 4:30 pm, Wednesday, September 4, 2022, or the remaining items will be removed by the Fair at the owner’s expense.
  • Vendors are responsible for assuring that they leave their site as clean as they found it. Violations will result in fines, future consideration to participate in the annual New York State Fair.


Fairtime Tent Rental Services:

For the 2022 New York State Fair all rental tents on the Fairgrounds MUST be installed by one of our selected contractors - no personal tents or pop-ups are to be used. These are the ONLY approved contractors that can provide rental tents. Any vendor planning on renting a tent will need to complete the Preferred Tent Order Form below by Friday, July 1, 2022 for processing.


The Fair will notify the selected contractor who will then reach out to you to coordinate size, payment and any other details - it will be the responsibility of the vendor and selected contractor to finalize this information. Any changes must be coordinated through the Fair first for approval.


State Fair Forklift Reservations:

For the 2022 New York State Fair, all vendors in need of an on-site forklift and operator must make a paid online reservation.

Reservations will be available every day Monday, August 15 through Friday, September 9 and are available to book starting at 8:00am on Monday, August 1.

Additional Information:

      • Reservations are in half hour increments.
      • Rate is $37.50 for each half hour.
      • Forklift operator to meet person at booth location.
      • Forklift operators will wait 5 minutes from scheduled time only.
      • Proof of reservation must be presented to the forklift operator.
      • If the half hour is not enough you will need to reserve another available time online.
      • No refunds and no rescheduling of times. If a different time is needed you will need to pay for and reserve that other time online.