State Fair Day 1: New Expo Center, Blondie, Eddie Money, and More!

posted by Ian Wheatley - 

Geddes, N.Y. - The gates for day one of the Great New York State Fair will finally open at 7:00 a.m. The buildings out at the fairgrounds will open up for the official start at 10:00 a.m. 

The 136,000-square-foot facility is the largest clear-span building north of the big apple between Boston and Cleveland. The hope is that the $63 million facility will attract more events to the Fairgrounds outside of the State Fair.

An ice rink has been erected in the Expo Center this year and will be open to free skating when it isn't being used for events. The first special event is a game at 1 p.m. between the Juniors teams of the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.  Before that, retired NHL’ers Larry Playfair and Cody McCormick of the Sabres and Pat Flaherty from the Islanders will hold an autograph session from 10:00 a.m. until noon adjacent to the rink.

It'll also be a big opening day for music fans. Eddie Money will be opening the revamped western end of the Fairgrounds. He is set to perform at 7:00 p.m. at the Experience Stage.

Blondie will be the first big headliner at Chevy Court today.  Debbie Harry and the rest of the band will be taking the stage at 8 o'clock.

The first Drone Light Show takes to the air over the New York Experience festival grounds. It is a show choreographed to music for 25 drones. It starts at 9:30 p.m.

The fair runs through Labor Day.

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