Tens of thousands of people have already come through the New York State Fair gates for food, music, entertainment and more. Our Iris St. Meran checked in with some vendors to see how business is this year.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- Alivero's has been serving up its homemade sauce and chicken for 17 years in this same spot by the Youth Activity Center. This year, they have a new neighbor across the way, the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. The owner Alivero's says the new addition is great for his business.
"We're always a little busy, but we're not used to seeing this many people for 16, 17 years. This is the first time that Alivero's has actually seen people because the administration building and committee of the fair has done a great job with Agriculture Markets by putting the birthing center across the street from us," Rich Alivero said.
At the "Fool the Guesser" stand, operator Steve Ford says things have also been good for him. He usually can guess the age, weight and birth month of fairgoers. Sometimes he's right, sometimes not, but there's no second guessing why there's been more foot traffic at his booth.
"To the weather. Weather has been good for us. Weather has been really good. Daytime highs, comfortable," Ford said.
The owner of Dancing Bear says he's been a vendor at the fair for nearly 40 years. They sell clothing and other items. Although attendance hasn't been great every single year, Martin Epstein says he hasn't had a bad year yet.
"We have merchandise for the cold, we have merchandise for the hot. We have things that are new that nobody else has, so our particular business is usually good. It's good this year. It's been good since we've done the fair," Epstein said.
And they're looking ahead to next year.