August 31, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Expands Free Admission For Maine-Endwell Area Residents to Take Part in "Champions Day" Celebration of Little League World Champion Team

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All Broome, Chenango and Tioga County Residents Receive Free Entrance With Proof of Residency

Free Admission For Little League Baseball Players With Proof of Membership




Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Great New York State Fair will provide free admission tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 1 for all residents of Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties so they may join in the celebration of the Maine-Endwell Little League Team’s world championship. Residents will not need tickets; they will need only to show proof of residency in one of the three counties at the gate. A driver’s license or other identification, or a bill with a current address will be accepted.

In addition, all Little League baseball players older than 12 years of age will receive free admission if they show proof of membership in a league or wear their team hats or jerseys. Children age 12 and under are admitted free to the Fair every day.

"These athletes exemplified the very best of New York to a worldwide audience, and we invite everyone in the community to celebrate the players and coaches at the Fair," Governor Cuomo said. "We are so proud of our champions for this extraordinary accomplishment and for bringing home New York’s first Little League championship in more than 50 years."


Admission tickets are already being distributed throughout the area at the Maine-Endwell school district office and at six Express Mart locations in the region. These tickets are viable for entry any day of the Fair.

The team will arrive at the Fairgrounds in the late afternoon thanks to the donation of transportation services from Shafer's Tour and Charter of Endicott, in time to serve as Grand Marshals for the Special Day Parade at 6:00 p.m. It is also Armed Forces Day, and an active duty member of the military will also serve as Grand Marshal of the parade.

The team will be honored in a ceremony on the Chevy Court stage starting at approximately 7:20 p.m., prior to the 8:00 p.m. musical performance. Attendance at Chevy Court is free of charge. The team members will then be free to enjoy the newly revitalized Fair, and receive 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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