August 30, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces "Champions Day" at the Great New York State Fair to Honor Maine-Endwell Little League World Champions

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Free Fair Tickets Available to Members of the Maine-Endwell Community

First New York Team to Win Championship Since 1964 Will Attend the Fair and be Honored in Special Ceremony


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Great New York State Fair will hold a special celebration in honor of the Maine-Endwell Little League team, which completed an undefeated season this past weekend by winning the Little League World Series. The Governor declared Thursday, September 1 “Champions Day” at the Fair in honor of the team, which will be congratulated for its victory at a special ceremony on Chevy Court. Free tickets to the Fair are available to members of the Maine-Endwell community to take part in the celebration. The Maine-Endwell team is the first New York team to win the Little League World Series since 1964.

“The young players of the Maine-Endwell Little League Team represent the very best of our state, and we are so proud of them for bringing a world championship home to New York for the first time in over 50 years,” Governor Cuomo said. “The team deserves not only our praise, but a day at the Fair dedicated to celebrating their success and the entire Maine-Endwell community.”

As part of I Love NY’s special effort to bring more New Yorkers to the State Fair, free admission tickets to the Fair will be distributed in the Maine-Endwell area through local outlets. Maine-Endwell students and staff may pick up tickets at the District Office. Members of the community may pick up tickets at the six Express Mart convenience stores in the area. Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday morning. If additional distribution locations are secured, they will be announced through the Fair’s social media outlets.

In addition to winning the championship, the Maine-Endwell team was also awarded the Sportsmanship Award. The team will travel to and from the Fair Thursday afternoon in charter vehicles generously provided by Shafer’s Tour and Charter of Endicott. They will serve as Grand Marshals of the Special Day Parade at 6:00 p.m., enjoy a catered dinner, and be celebrated on the stage at Chevy Court prior to the 8:00 p.m. concert by Three Days Grace. They will then enjoy the Fair and will have unlimited ride wristbands from the Wade Shows Midway.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "Find Your Great," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The 375-acre New York State Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger, 15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed here.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair here. New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at [email protected].

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