Geddes (WSYR-TV) -- If you’re headed to the Fair Friday, plan ahead and get there early. Jason Aldean is a sold out show, so you should expect it to be a lot harder to get through the Fairgrounds.
The concert will draw in about 17,000 people, in addition to the 20,000 expected to pack Chevy Court for the Commodores set to perform at around the same time, not to mention it’s the start of the holiday weekend.
"I think you'll see the numbers increase in the next three days...probably because of the entertainment,” said Fair Director Dan O’Hara.
In anticipation of the crowds, the State Fair is adding more workers to the admission gates and the Grandstand. State Police will be focusing on getting cars in and out of the area as quickly as possible to reduce any back-ups along 690.
“Anytime you have traffic stopped or slowing down you raise the risk of a heavy volume of accidents,” said State Police spokesman Jack Keller.
State Police are asking that you park in the Orange Lot or upper parking lot, located right off exit 6 from 690. Once you park, you can catch a shuttle to the gate.
"You can get on a shuttle…It's free...It'll take you right to the main gate and you're already at Chevy Court. It’s an easy place to get in and watch the concert,” Keller said.
State Police and the DOT will be using cameras to constantly monitor the flow of traffic around the fairgrounds, on 690 and the parking lots. They’ll use what they see to make any adjustments.
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