Geddes (WSYR-TV) – Approximately 30,000 people visited the New York State Fair to see Florida Georgia Line on Monday night and as heavy rain fell, they were forced to endure long waits when they all tried to leave at once.
Organizers anticipate another busy night on Tuesday with Austin Mahone and Jeff Dunham slated to perform. But the Fair hopes it has a strategy in place to ease the problems.
“Everybody's going to try and leave tonight – all at once. And there's only so many exits to get out of here,” said Fair spokesperson Dave Bullard.
The problem is compounded by muddy conditions making some lots at the Fair unusable. The rain eliminated nearly 3,000 spots.
“These areas have a lot of mud in them. We can't park cars there,” Bullard said.
Fair officials are encouraging people to exercise alternative travel options – such as car pooling or using the Centro bus service.
"This is not new to us. We have park and ride services across a three county area – Onondaga, Oswego, and Caygua county,” said Centro spokesman Steve Koegel.
Some Fair goers who were stuck on Monday night say management should try to fix what they believe is a problem.
Management, however, is confident in the current system.
“Anything that we might do to try and alleviate one problem, is likely to cause several others,” Bullard said.
Traffic in Syracuse’s western suburbs could be a hassle even for those who aren’t going to the Fair. They say people traveling in the Solvay or Geddes areas should consider alternate routes.
Both police and Fair officials are stressing that drivers should remain patient.
Centro’s park and ride buses can be picked up at a number of locations in Central New York and the service will drop you off at the Fair’s main gate.
The service is $2 for adults or $1 for seniors 65 and older or children ages 6 to 9. Children under 6 can ride for free.
For a schedule, visit Centro’s website