Troy Waffner is no longer Acting Director of the New York State Fair. After three consecutive years of record setting attendance, Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday appointed Waffner as the Fair’s Director. Nearly 1.3 million people packed the Syracuse-area fairgrounds over the last 10 days, breaking last year’s record by more than 8 percent. Waffner says promotions that cut the cost of a ticket have been a key to the Fair’s renaissance.
Waffner added, “I am honored to continue my service to this great organization and its talented people and thank Governor Cuomo for his faith in me and our team. We will work diligently to meet the Governor’s vision of a Fair and Fairgrounds that promotes the best of New York agriculture, provides great entertainment for the people of New York, and becomes a major provider of economic benefits for the people of Central and Upstate New York.”
“We have made unprecedented investments in this great institution and Troy has played a major role in the Fair’s record-breaking successes over the last few years, as well as the Fairground’s transformation into a year-round economic engine for Central New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am pleased to appoint him as the Fair’s permanent leader and together, we will continue to build an organization that makes a major contribution to the region’s economy and beyond.”
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Troy Waffner has been a critical part of our team at the Department, assisting our efforts to grow New York agriculture and elevating the Great New York State Fair to a new level. This year’s State Fair was the most-attended, best looking and unquestionably the best ever Great New York State Fair, thanks to Troy and his team. I am so pleased with his appointment and believe that with his continued leadership, we will not only help the state’s agricultural industry prosper but also see the region’s tourism industry grow to new heights.”
This year also boasted the two highest single day attendance figures in the fair’s 177-year history.