If you've come out to the fair the last couple of days, you've probably experienced some delays getting in and out of the parking lots. At one point, Interstate 690 was even closed down because of the amount of cars coming to the fair. Our Katie Gibas spoke with fair and Centro officials about what they're doing to ease the congestion.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- It was a near record day at the Great New York State Fair. With popular country duo Florida Georgia Line performing a free show, more than 81,000 people came to the fairgrounds Monday. But for many, getting there wasn't easy.
"We had a very unusual situation. We had two major concerts let out at the same time and because of the rain, we closed the midway proactively at about 9:30, so everyone was trying to exit the fair at once," said New York State Fair Spokesperson Dave Bullard.
And the heavy rain has also caused some parking and traffic issues. Fair officials estimate that about one-eighth of their parking spots have been washed out by the downpours.
Bullard said, "We completely sympathize with people who waited a long time in some of our lots trying to get out. And we're told, and we've worked with the Department of Transportation over the course of years and tweaked it, and this is the best plan for the facility that we have and the highways we're trying to get people on to."
But fair and Centro officials are encouraging people to be proactive to come to the fair early, carpool or take a bus from one of Centro's several park and rides. There are lots in Fulton, Oswego and Auburn, in addition to several in and around Syracuse, including at ShoppingTown Mall, the Regional Market and Camillus Commons.
"You can park for free, hop on the bus, throw $2 in the fare box and we take you right to the front gate of the fair. It's quick and easy. And we will operate bus services until the last person is leaving the State Fair after the concert. People don't have to worry about missing a bus because we will get everyone where we need to go," said Steve Koegel, Centro Marketing and Communications Director.
And most importantly, be patient.
To view Centro's schedules, visit www.centro.org.