Noah Thompson to Perform at The Great New York State Fair Three Months after Winning American Idol

New Yorkers voted for him to win American Idol in May, and now - three months later - they can cheer him on as he performs at the Great New York State Fair. Up-and-coming country music star Noah Thompson will play at Chevy Court at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 4.

Thompson, a Kentucky native, won the 20th Season of American Idol with 16 million votes on May 22. Throughout the season, the 20-year-old won over America with performances of “Stay” (made famous by Rihanna), “Falling” (made famous by Harry Styles), and “Landslide” (made famous by Fleetwood Mac). Another memorable moment from the season came when he sang a duet with Melissa Etheridge, performing one of her most well-known songs, “I’m the Only One.” The night that Thompson was crowned winner, viewers were introduced to his original song, “One Day Tonight,” which went to number one on iTunes All Genres and Country charts right away.

Prior to American Idol, the rising star was working in construction – singing for his coworkers as they framed houses – and caring for his one-year-old son, Walker.

“Noah Thompson’s journey is relatable for many New Yorkers and fairgoers. We are stoked to have him performing on our stage, just weeks after being crowned the winner of one of the most popular singing competitions in the world,” said interim Fair Director Sean Hennessey. “Noah has a promising career ahead, and the audience who watches on September 4 will be able to say they saw him ‘when.’”

All concerts in the Chevrolet Music Series are free with Fair admission. Tickets, just $3, are on sale now at the State Fair’s website. All concerts at the Fair are sponsored by Chevrolet. The full schedule is posted at The Fair’s website, on pages dedicated to Chevy Park and Chevy Court concerts.

Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of the state’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. The 2022 Fair begins Wednesday, August 24, and continues through Monday, September 5.  

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. Audiences are encouraged to learn more about the Great New York State Fair online, and follow the fun on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Guests are invited to see photos from the Fair on Flickr and ideas are always welcome. New Yorkers are encouraged to send suggestions via email to