State Fair to Make New Willis Ave. Parking Lot Free of Charge for Remainder of The Fair

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The new Willis Ave. parking lot adjacent to the Great New York State Fair will be free of charge for the remainder of the Fair, Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today. The Fair is waiving the $5 parking fee to help fairgoers get used to using the lot, which is a key addition to the Fair’s parking portfolio. Centro shuttle buses run continuously free of charge from the lot to Gate 10.

“Utilization of the Willis Ave. lot has been fairly low. We know it takes time for people to change their habits and we want to help shorten the learning curve for our fairgoers,” Waffner said.

The new lot, at the corner of Willis Ave. and State Fair Blvd., holds approximately 1,800 spaces and is less than a mile from the fairgrounds. Information on Centro Park-N-Ride lots can be found here.


Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s third largest state fair. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of Governor Cuomo’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. Fair attendance is up more than 40% since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments, with 1.27 million people attending the Fair in 2018. The 2019 Fair runs from August 21 to September 2. Information about the Fair can be found here.

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here. Find the Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at