The Empire State Fair returns to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum from June 30 to July 10 with a multitude of deep-fried carnival treats, other eats and family entertainment, including the Royal Hanneford Big Top Circus, 30 rides—some never before seen at the fair —and firework displays.
This is the first time the state fair has operated since 2019 due to COVID-19.
”I really missed this fair,” said Jack Nuttal, a resident of New Hyde Park, who was in attendance opening day Thursday with family and friends. “It’s been three years too long.”
The fair is run by Dreamland Amusements, an East Coast carnival ride company that operates from Maine to Florida.
”It’s great to be back,” said Andrew Roberts, one of the concessionaires and event coordinators at Dreamland Amusements. “It’s a great looking event. We have a lot to do, and hopefully we’re going to give the customers a really good product, and something they’re happy to come to and come back to, which I think they will.”
The $10 fair admission, which is free for children under 36 inches tall accompanied by a paying adult, includes the Eudora Farms exotic petting zoo, the Kidbucks Game Show, thrilling performances by the circus, and fireworks by Grucci on the Fourth of July and both Saturday nights.
Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $35 on site. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $30 for 20 tickets, or $60 for 50 tickets plus one free ride. Rides take two or more tickets each.
Patrons can visit the website for discounted pre-fair admission unlimited ride combo tickets. Parking at the coliseum is free.
The fair hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, July 4.
For more information, call 866-666-FAIR (3247) or visit EmpireStateFair.com