Fairgrounds Investment Complements “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
In the Exposition Center of the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend, race cars will speed around an indoor track, while in the Tractor Supply Co. Exhibit Center, arrows will fly towards bullseyes during three days of competitions. It’s a weekend of events new to Upstate New York as the Indoor Auto Racing Championship and the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Winter Can-Am Classic debut at the Fairgrounds.
“These two new events and many others show us how Governor Cuomo’s investment of more than $120 million dollars in the Fairgrounds is paying dividends for our year-round events business and for Central New York. We welcome the participants in these new events to the area and look forward to hosting them for many years to come,” said Fair Director Troy Waffner.
Indoor Auto Racing Championship
The Indoor Auto Racing Championship event in Syracuse, which runs 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, serves as the finale of the three-race series. Racers in three categories will drive on the flat track created on the Expo Center’s concrete floor. The most experienced drivers will race in the TQ Midgets class, which features a fast 750cc motorcycle engine. Slingshot and Champ Kart classes are primarily for younger racers, whose vehicles hit a top speed of 60 miles per hour. More than 40 racers from New York State are registered in one of the three classes.
Advance sale admission tickets for the event range from $20 to $29 for adults and are $8 for children age 2 through 12 and can be bought here. Prices for all tickets are $5 higher at the gate during the event. The weekend of racing action coincides with the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and Trade Show, taking place Saturday and Sunday. The Greater Syracuse Antiques Expo also runs this weekend at the Fairgrounds, Saturday and Sunday in the Horticulture Building.
ASA Winter Can-Am Classic
The 2019 ASA Winter Can-Am Classic runs Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features multiple shooting ranges for competitions in many classes. Featured events include a Q&A with hunter and conservationist Donnie Vincent and a screening of his new documentary, “The Other Side,” Friday evening in the Empire Theater of the Art & Home Center (tickets available here). On Saturday, Team USA and Team Canada will square off in a competition, with the teams made up of high-scoring participants from other categories. Admission is free. Competition is limited to those who registered before the event.
Accelerating CNY Rising
Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.
The New York State Fairgrounds
The New York State Fairgrounds has been at its site in the town of Geddes, Onondaga County for 129 years. In 2018, more than 1 million people came to the Fairgrounds for one of the many events held on the grounds by private event promoters. The new Exposition Center is the largest clear-span building north of New York City between Boston and Cleveland and added 110,000 square feet of space to the Fair’s portfolio of large and small buildings, equestrian rings, barns and meeting rooms. Details on buildings available for rent and a full schedule of events is available at the Fairgrounds’ website.