March 11, 2014
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Welcomes Brad Paisley to the State Fairs Grandstand This Summer

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that country superstar Brad Paisley will kick off the Grandstand concert series at the Great New York State Fair as he brings his summer tour to the Fairgrounds on Thursday, August 21. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, priced at $65, $55, and $45, will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the State Fair Box Office and via the Fairs official online ticket seller, The artist will also hold a private ticket sale for members of his fan club on March 19.


Every year the Great New York State Fair brings nearly one million visitors to the Syracuse area, providing a tremendous boost in tourism and economic activity for upstate New York, Governor Cuomo said. Brad Paisley is the latest edition to this years lineup as the State Fair continues to deliver on its promise of providing top-quality entertainment. I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to make to time to enjoy the best in entertainment and agriculture at the 2014 Great New York State Fair this summer."


Paisley played at the Fair for the first time in 2000, a Chevy Court show on opening night, when he had already earned two #1 hits. Since then, he has reached the top spot 20 more times, won three Grammys, and received 14 Academy of Country Music Awardsincluding Entertainer of the Year.


Opening for Paisley will be singer/songwriter Randy Houser, whose most recent album, and two singles from the album, all hit the top 10 on the country charts. Also opening will be Charlie Worsham, whose debut album received strong notices. A song from the album was used in an episode of the TV series, Bones.


There will be two standing-only areas created between the stage and a semicircle-shaped thrust that is special for this concert only. The standing-area tickets, costing $85, will only be available to members of Paisleys fan club. These tickets and others being sold through his fan club will be sold via using a special code given only to fan club members.

Acting Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball said, Our second Grandstand announcement is yet another home run. We are very happy to have Brad Paisley back at the Fairgrounds and we are hard at work on even more great entertainment announcements, so stay tuned.


A limited number of tickets remain available for the Saturday, August 30 concert by Jason Aldean, with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.


ABOUT GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES is the Fairs official and only online ticket selling agent. Ticket prices are the same whether tickets are bought online at or in person at the box office.  A $3.75 service fee will be added to the price of all tickets. An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card. Most major credit cards are accepted. Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.


Parking for box office sales is available in the Brown lot beginning at 5:30 a.m., and  lineup can begin at 6 a.m. Tickets for people who require wheelchair accessible seating or who have mobility disabilities, or those who are hearing impaired will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. Convenient parking for people with disabilities who have either the proper license plate or hanging tag will be available via Gate 2.  


The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 September 1, 2014. Its mission is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. The theme of the 2014 Fair is Summers Best in Show.


A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fairs website,  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at