Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The State Fair is less than a week away and there's still a lot of work to be done to get it set for the nearly 1 million people expected to turn out.
The State Fairgrounds are empty now, but preparations for the swarm of people expected to descend upon them are underway.
“In about six or seven days this place transforms from nothing to a mini city,” said Assistant Director of the New York State Fair Troy Waffner.
Product and food vendors were among those setting up in the mini city and anticipate a long couple of weeks ahead.
John Emmi has been selling hot dogs and hamburgers for 38 years, but for the first time, he and his wife are not leaving the State Fair for a second.
“I bought a camping trailer to stay out at the infield here. It’s so much work to get back and forth to Canastota,” said Emmi.
Before he can start spending the night at the camping area, he has to first set up shop.
“We'll get 60 percent up today and come up tomorrow and do another 30, 40 percent. Takes another four days to get all the bugs picked out,” Emmi said.
Aside from the food vendors, the Grandstand stage will be installed this weekend, the Midway should arrive on Monday, and work on some of the bigger amusement rides is already underway.
But before anyone gets to have fun, crews will continue working around the clock.
“On the first day of the Fair, the gates open whether we're ready or not, but we haven't failed yet,” Waffner said.
If you're planning to head to the State Fair, you have until Wednesday, August 21 to get your advance sale admission tickets.
The State Fair box office has extended its hours. It is now open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While you're there, you can grab tickets to see your favorite act at the Grandstand, your midway ride fun cards or the Best Bets bargain book.