The Great New York State Fair broke the total attendance record for the fourth year in a row while setting several single-day attendance records during its 13-day run, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Last year’s record-breaking attendance of 1,279,010 was broken on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Cuomo presented the Williams Family, of Lakeland, N.Y., with Lifetime Fair Passes and other gifts for being the record-breaking attendees.
“The Fair is a celebration of the state — especially upstate New York — and it represents our spirit and what we have to offer,” Cuomo said. “I’m proud to announce this year marks four years in a row of record-breaking attendance levels. The Fair is doing well because it’s a new and different fair, which happened because we came up with a plan and we invested to rebuild it. We have invested more in upstate New York than any other administration, and the Fair is part of that investment – and we’re seeing the dividends with incredible economic activity and record tourism numbers for the region and the state.”
The Fair set three single-day attendance records on the way to the total attendance record, while four other days finished second.
In addition, the fairgrounds are on the way to setting a record for attendance at the nearly 300 non-fair events held in fairgrounds facilities throughout the year.
A centerpiece of the Fair’s growth is the Exposition Center, which was completed in time for the 2018 Fair and is the largest clear-span exhibition space north of New York City between Boston and Cleveland. It was used during the Fair as a showpiece for New York State tourism and a sports activity center and is more than 70 percent booked for 2020 with privately-run non-fair events. The Expo Center is a key part of the governor’s $120 million investment in the fairgrounds, which revitalized the 129-year old facility in the town of Geddes.
The 2019 edition of the Fair increased its free entertainment, not only on its free music stages, but across the grounds, with a new show focusing on bears and another featuring a tall robot. The Fair’s diversity efforts also increased, as Latino Village Weekend expanded into a new home and grew to a four-day event and as the Chevy Court stage presented the first foreign-language artist in its long history, the Puerto Rican hip hop artist Farruko. The Fair also announced plans to increase recycling efforts and generate its own power as part of a five-year plan.
“We have seen an amazing response from fairgoers as a result of the governor’s revitalization plan. Last year’s record-breaking attendance boosted the Fair to become the third-largest Fair in the nation, and we are excited to top that this year. We are clearly succeeding in our goal to put on the best Fair in the country, attracting more visitors to Central New York and growing the region’s tourism economy,” said New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner.
“The State Fair continues to get better and better every year, thanks to the continued investments by the governor and the team that works hard all year to implement exciting new programming and entertainment while ensuring our traditional agricultural exhibits remain at the heart of the Fair. We are proud to have once again put on the best State Fair in the nation and show off the very best of New York to a record number of visitors,” added New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball.
Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair is America’s third-largest state fair. The Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-quality entertainment and is a key piece of Governor Cuomo’s CNY Rising strategy of growing the Central New York economy through tourism. Fair attendance is up more than 40 percent since the beginning of more than $120 million in investments, with 1.27 million people attending the Fair in 2018. The 2019 Fair runs from August 21 to September 2. Information about the Fair can be found here.
The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here. Find the Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at email@example.com.
There really is a holiday for everything, and so today we celebrate the cheeseburger
Happy National Cheeseburger Day! Yes, there really is a day for everything.
But a day for everything means there’s a deal for everything, and so some of your favorite burger spots are serving up discounts -and free burgers – to celebrate.
We’re not sure when this day was invented or why it falls on this day in particular, but we do know these random facts about cheeseburgers:
The cheeseburger was likely invented by a teenager
If you’re going to be devouring a juicy burger today, you may have Lionel Clark Sternberger to thank.
Legend has it that Sternberger invented the cheeseburger sometime in the mid-1920’s, forever altering the course of human history.
Mr Sternberger — can we call you “Berger” for short? — was a teenage short-order cook at a restaurant called The Rite Spot in Pasadena, California.
One day, Sternberger slapped some cheese on top of a patty and America was never the same.
Americans have a favorite cheese for their burger
Forget the fancy stuff. Unsurprisingly, Americans prefer American cheese on their burger. According to the 2019 Burger Consumer Trend Report, 70% of Americans prefer the processed stuff over cheddar cheese.
You can attempt to eat the world’s largest burger in Michigan
Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar owner Steven Mallie spent four years figuring out how to execute making a 1,794 pound cheeseburger. And in 2017, he did it. The burger earned a Guinness World Record and is on the menu, but it will cost you a whopping $10,000 to try.
Where you can get a deal on a cheeseburger
So now, the real question. Where can you score a juicy cheeseburger deal on National Cheeseburger Day? Search no more — we have the answers right here.
Applebee’s: Classic Bacon Cheeseburger’s are just $6.99. Plus, the chain is offering endless fries with the burger.
Jack in the Box: You can get a free burger by making any purchase through the Jack in the Box app at a participating restaurant.
Wendy’s: There are exclusive coupons in the Wendy’s app today, but no free burgers.
White Castle: The chain is offering one free Cheese Slider with any purchase today only.
Smashburger: Bring a friend and get a buy-one-get-one free deal on double classic Smashburgers.
Red Robin: You can get a Gourmet Cheeseburger and Bottomless Steak Fries for $5 with any beverage purchase at participating restaurants today.
Dairy Queen: Try the chain’s new two for $4 Super Snack deal today, which comes with mix and match snacks including choice of a cheeseburger, a small sundae, fries, pretzel sticks or chicken tenders.
Burger King: Burger King isn’t just celebrating today, but this deal lasts through Sunday. You can get a cheeseburger for just 59 cents with a mobile order on the app.
Or hey, you know what? Burgers aren’t too hard. Head on down to your local grocery store and pick up some bread, cheese, and meat (or something meat-like if you stick to veggies) — and celebrate one of the greatest sandwiches known to humankind.
Ash Ketchum’s First Pokemon League Title Has Fans Going Crazy
It’s the anime equivalent of LeBron winning his first ring or Scorsese winning his first Oscar. After 22 years on the air, the long-running “Pokemon” anime series gave fans what they’ve always wanted, as Ash Ketchum finally won his first Pokemon league title Sunday.
For decades, Ash has traveled through the various regions of the world of Pokemon with his buddy Pikachu, meeting friends and foiling the plots of Team Rocket. Along the way, he has caught dozens of Pokemon and competed in six regional league tournaments, but every time he has fallen short. He did bring a trophy back to his home in Pallet Town way back in 1999 by winning all four badges in the Orange League, but that league did not have a full tournament.
Ash’s constant setbacks have been praised for teaching kids how to learn and grow from failure, but longtime fans have been begging and pleading for him to finally reach the top of the mountain. He got there on Sunday’s episode of “Pokemon: Sun and Moon — Ultra Legends,” the 1080th episode of the series, which aired this week in Japan.
Titled “The Rise of Alola’s Champion,” Ash faced Gladion, a rival trainer he’s encountered multiple times in the “Sun & Moon” series, in the championship match of the Alola region’s tournament, the Alola Conference. Gladion’s main Pokemon was a formidable Lycanroc, a Rock-type that resembles a wolf. Ash brought out his own Lycanroc for the battle and came out victorious, becoming Alola’s regional champion.
For millennials who were kids when the 10-year-old Ash first set out on his Pokemon quest back in 1997, it’s a truly remarkable moment. It’s also a big moment for Ash’s original voice actor, Veronica Taylor, who congratulated Ash as well as her Japanese dub counterpart, Rica Matsumoto.
Fans in the U.S. will be able to see Ash’s big victory in English when it airs on Disney XD on Jan. 18.
Here’s Where You Can Get Friday the 13th Tattoos for Cheap
If you’re superstitious, you might feel risk-averse on Friday the 13th. Netflix probably sounds a lot better than skydiving or starting to train for your new career as an apiarist. If you enjoy a little thrill and find creepy holidays to be the best ones, you probably already know it’s a big day for tattoo shops.
Popularized by Oliver Peck in Dallas, Friday the 13th tattoos are a major event for many parlors across the country. The shops set out flash sheets — a sheet or book of pre-drawn tattoo options — often designed by artists in-house. Those drawings are available as cheap, quick tattoos that have people lining up for hours.
Be good to your artist if you’re going under the needle. That should go without saying anytime you’re getting a tattoo. However, artists usually aren’t making much on your tattoo when they offer steep discounts. The prices vary by shop, but many offer the tattoo for $13 with a mandatory $7 tip. “The shop doesn’t make $$ on Friday the 13th,” New York’s Daredevil Tattoo writes on its site. “It actually cost us $$ and we are very tired at the end of the day so we really appreciate nice words and any nice reviews you can leave for us online.”
Paul Collurafici of Chicago’s Tattoo Factory previously told Thrillist you “watch out for shortcuts.” Participating shops are going to be going through a lot of customers throughout the day. “Counters and chairs should be wiped down with sani-wipes after every tattoo,” he says. “Needles and tubes should be in sealed sterile packages and opened in front of [you]. New ink poured out while [you] watch.”
With all of that in mind, here are shops around the country that are offering Friday the 13th tattoos. Be sure to check with your local parlor for more details, because the procedure will vary from place to place.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Atlanta
As usual, tattoos at Memorial will be $13 with a $7 tip (cash only). They’ll also have an option to get a nice-looking Memorial Tattoo shirt, which you can bundle with the tattoo for $40.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Austin
All Saints Tattoo
Shop owner Jon Reed says they’ll have more than 400 custom designs drawn in-house. It will run you $31 whether or not you want the piece in color. In addition to the All Saints staff, artists from Los Angeles are flying into town to join the fun. The 400 designs will be available at both All Saints locations, but there will be bonus options at the North Austin shop.
Amillion is participating, as it usually does. The deals vary, but there are often options to get a tattoo for $13 (with a $7 tip), $31, and $130.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Chicago
Head to Toe Tattoo
The tattoos will vary in cost by size, starting at $13+$7 for a 1″x1″ piece. Then they go up to $31 and $66.6 from there. If you pay $66.60 for a tattoo, you’re allowed to refer to it as the mark of the beast at a later date.
Jade Dragon Tattoo
Swing by Jade for a $13 piercing with a $7 tip or a $31 tattoo with a $9 tip. As most shops do, Jade Dragon has pre-drawn flash sheets, but you can also bring in a similar design. There will also be some $50 designs on a separate sheet.
Mind Crusher Tattoo
As the shop does every Friday the 13th, they’ll be open at 11am and tattooing until 9pm. Tattoos are first come, first serve and cost $13 with a $7 tip.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Dallas
Elm Street Tattoo
The shop co-owned by Oliver Peck runs a 24-hour tattoo marathon every Friday the 13th. If you want to make sure you get in, sign up for an appointment on Thursday. Reservations won’t be taken before that point. Otherwise, the line starts forming just before things kick off at midnight. Tattoos will be $13 with a lucky $7 tip.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Denver
During Lifetime’s “Lotto” event, you pay $60 and “get what you get.” (There’s a randomized selection process, and you get the tattoo you’ve picked at random.) If you don’t like what you drew, you can drop another $20 to pick again. Alternatively, for $100, you pick your own image from the flash sheet. The tattoos are palm-sized, and you won’t be able to see the potential designs until the day of the event.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Houston
Red Eye Gallery
You’ll find a “straight forward” Friday the 13th event at Red Eye, the shop tells Thrillist. First come, first serve on $13 tattoos with a minimum $7 tip.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Los Angeles
True Tattoo Hollywood
The shop will be open for a full 24 hours, from midnight to midnight. People start lining up as early as 8 or 9pm the night before, the shop tells Thrillist. There will be a bunch of $20 designs to choose from, as well as larger options that range from $40 to $240.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Minneapolis
Guns N Needles
The shop will have four artists inking revelers from 12-9pm. Tattoos are first come, first served. They’ll cost $20 ($13+$7), but you can’t ask for design changes or have the tattoo on your hands, face, or neck. The available art will be kept a secret until the event starts.
MPLS Tattoo Shop
The Twin Cities staple is serving up a sheet with $66 and $131 tattoos. The images aren’t yet available, but you’ll certainly be able to see the custom flash sheet from the talented artists at Minneapolis Tattoo when you stop by.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Nashville
Grace & Glory Tattoo
The Murfreesboro shop will be doing Friday the 13th tattoos as it usually does. The event will run from 10am to 10pm.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in New York
The shop goes all-in for the spooky holiday. You’ll find $13 tattoos with a $7 tip. As they’ve done for 15 years, you can line up at noon and put your name on a reservation list at that time so you don’t have to stand around all day.
From noon until midnight, Fineline is offering $13 tattoos with a lucky $7 tip. The shop will have special designs available for the occasion and will not be offering custom designs. Arms and legs only.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Philadelphia
Art Machine Productions
Art Machine’s Friday the 13th event lasts from noon until 7pm. You’ll be able to grab a tattoo for $130. After they’re finished inking customers, the shop and gallery will open for an afterparty that includes giveaways, raffles, food, and drinks. Get more details here.
Stop by for tattoos from a custom flash sheet prepared by Hunter Gatherer artists. The ink will start at $50 per tattoo. You can also get $10 off a piercing with a maximum of three per person. No appointments or reservations are accepted.
The shop will have two artists rolling through a flash sale on palm-sized pieces. All art is designed by the shop’s artists. They won’t be accepting custom designs.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Portland
Adorn Body Art
Adorn wasn’t going to participate while it prepares to open a studio in Vancouver, but they will be joining in after all. Though, only the Adorn West shop is participating. Adorn East will not be doing Friday the 13th tattoos. The shop will open at noon, but the line often starts as early as 9am. You can get a tattoo from Adorn’s flash sheet for $31 with a minimum $9 tip.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in San Francisco
Black and Blue Tattoo
The shop will have a pair of artists participating with their own flash sheets available. The tattoos will go for around $200 an hour.
Moth and Dagger
Tattooing commences at noon and no appointments are accepted. They’ll cost $60 cash and are only available on legs and arms. Additionally, owner Mario Delgado still offers free nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors on an ongoing basis. Call the shop for more details.
Friday the 13th Tattoos in Washington, DC
There will be 13 designs available at Hyena. Each will cost you $31. The designs will be unveiled late Wednesday or early Thursday through the shop’s social media channels.
There really is a holiday for everything, and so today we celebrate the cheeseburger
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