May 9, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan to Headline 2013 New York State Fair

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Luke Bryan, recent winner of the Academy of Country Musics top honor, Entertainer of the Year, will be among several top entertainers to perform at the Great New York State Fair this summer. Todays announcement comes on the heels of the Governors successful Tourism Summit that focused on bringing more tourists to upstate New York. Bryan will perform Thursday, August 29, with opening act Thompson Square.


Today, on the heels of New Yorks first Tourism Summit, we are pleased to announce this years exciting lineup for one of our states premier tourist attractions: the Great New York State Fair. This lineup of world-class performers headlined by Americas number one Country Music singer Luke Bryan is one more reason for all New Yorkers to make a trip to Central New York this summer and experience all our renowned State Fair has to offer. Governor Cuomo said.


The Fair also announces the following top-class performers will headline Grandstand shows:


  • Superstar Toby Keith on Friday, August 23.
  • Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen with Hot Chelle Rae on Saturday, August 24.
  • Country icon Reba with Caroline Kole on Sunday, August 25.
  • Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd on Monday, August 26.
  • Comedian Jeff Dunham on Tuesday, August 27.


More Grandstand shows will be announced at a later date.


Tickets for Reba and Carly Rae Jepsen will be sold beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Tickets for Jeff Dunham will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17. Tickets for Toby Keith go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Tickets for Lynyrd Skynyrd go on sale at 9 a.m., Friday, May 31. Tickets for Luke Bryan go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1. Tickets for all shows are available at the State Fair Box Office or on, the Fairs official and only online Grandstand show ticket seller. Ticket prices for Luke Bryan are $70, $60 and $50.


Luke Bryan, along with the performers were announcing today and the acts we have yet to announce, helps us keep our promise to make the Grandstand grand this year, said Darrel Aubertine, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. "This year's Fair will offer something for everybody - strong national acts, an emphasis on agriculture in New York as a huge economic driver, and entertainment at every turn. Fair season is right around the corner and it can't get here soon enough for me."


The Grandstand music series runs from August 22 31. Two motorsports-related events set for September 1 and 2 will be announced at a later time.