Empire State Fair Coming To Nassau Coliseum

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The Empire State Fair is ready to take Long Island by storm this summer.  With exhilarating rides, mind-bending entertainment, delicious food and unique shopping, the brand new fair is sure to bring Long Island families affordable fun. The Empire State Fair, presented by State Fair Group, will debut at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum from July 20 – 30.

If you are looking for amazing FREE entertainment, you could not ask for a better destination than the Empire State Fair at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum.  The 11-day event will feature free shows that range from the jaw-dropping to the hysterical.

Come check out The All-American Thrill Show, featuring gymnastic acrobats, dare-devil motorcyclists and aerialists performing dizzying feats on the high wire and the 90-foot sway pole.  Or prepare to have your mind blown by Master Hypnotist Steve Bayner and Comedian Gemini Lombardi.   These phenomenal entertainers have the rare one-two punch of being incredibly funny and talented at the same time

If you really want a good laugh, come see America’s #1 fair attraction, the ever-popular Racing Pigs. Watch this group of pot-bellied speedsters sprint, oink and jostle their way around their real piggy racetrack.

Kids will love the Educational Petting Zoo & Live Animal Rides, which let kids get up close and personal with animals of the world and offer a perfect spot for hysterical selfies. Kids and adults alike can meet and greet animals and even go for a ride for an extra fee. The Empire State Fair will also feature live concerts by local musicians, all of which will be FREE of charge.

Of course, what would a fair be without exciting rides and games?  The carnival midway will feature over 50 rides and attractions including the largest Kiddie-land on Long Island. Perhaps the fair’s main attraction will be the world’s largest portable Ferris Wheel. This monstrous ride is transported all the way from Holland and features incredible views of the carnival midway.

Thrill-seekers will also enjoy the many heart-thumping rides at The Empire State fair, such as the Fireball, the Cliffhanger and the Zyklon. Sometimes all you want to do is ride the rides and skip the lines. For an additional fee of $15, The Empire State Fair offers a Fast Pass every day, which allows you VIP line access to select kiddie and thrill rides with little or no wait time. Once you are done getting your fill of all of the amazing rides, try your luck at one of the many classic carnival games on the midway.  Step right up and win a prize!

All of those rides and games will work up quite the appetite. Fairgoers will love the scrumptious classic fair treats like funnel cakes dusted with powdered sugar and corn dogs. Maybe you want to take a walk on the wild side and treat your taste buds with unusual options like Pulled Pork French Fries or Nachos. Plus, everyone knows the fair is a great place for fun fried foods and Empire State Fair does not disappoint with options like delicious fried Oreos and yummy fried chocolate cake!

Health-conscious guests also have plenty of delicious food options to choose from at The Empire State Fair. Grab tasty fresh fruit smoothies and fruit and vegetable salads at various vendors around the fair.  Picnic tables and bench seating are provided throughout the midway area for the comfort of our guests.

The Empire State Fair offers plenty of ways to enjoy all the wonder of the fair at an affordable price with special bargain nights and daily parking for only $5 per carload.

Come out to the fair on Thursday, July 20 for the special Opening Night Preview when gate admission is just $10 for all ages. Fairgoers can purchase an Unlimited Ride Hand Stamp for only $25 for all ages.

You do not want to miss Cheap, Cheap Night on Tuesday, July 25 when the fair’s Unlimited Ride Hand Stamp is just $22 for all ages. Gate admission on Cheap, Cheap Night is only $12 for all ages

Young families will love The Empire State Fair’s amazing offers. For starters, gate admission is FREE every day for children shorter than 34”. Plus, on Thursday, July 27, all children 12 and younger can get into the fair for FREE on Kids Go Free Night. Adult admission for all fairgoers 13 and older will be just $12. The Unlimited Ride Hand Stamp will be $27 for all ages.

The Empire State Fair occupies over 20 acres of fairgrounds plus parking. Fair hours are Monday through Thursday, 6 pm to midnight; Fridays 6 pm to 1 am; Saturdays 2 pm to 1 am; Sundays 2 pm to midnight.

Tickets to Empire State Fair can now be purchased in person at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.  One-day entry to Empire State Fair is $12 and on-site parking is $5.   Tickets for the rides and attractions can be purchased inside the fairgrounds upon entry. 

Visit www.empirestatefair.com for more information.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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