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Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council.59,000 Jobs, $3 Billion Spent in 2016 by Visitors to Region 

Pittsford, N.Y. – As Americans get ready to hit the road for Labor Day, the Finger Lakes Vacation region releases 2016 economic impact results. Visitor spending in the Finger Lakes Vacation region grew by 2.1% in 2016 to a total of $3 billion, which supported 59,236 jobs across 14 counties - including big cities like Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. with direct and indirect labor income totaling nearly $1.5 billion dollars and representing 6.5% of the total labor income for the region.

Excelsior PR logoFour New Lots Add 2,500 Parking Spaces to Park-N-Ride Program

State Fair Drives Tourism and Complements "Central New York Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of three more parking areas to provide shuttle service to the Great New York State Fair. The four parking lots, at John Glenn Blvd. and Farrell Rd. near I-690, the Regional Market in Liverpool and at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport in Salina, will provide approximately 2,500 more parking spaces as the Fair heads into what is traditionally its period of largest attendance.

Excelsior PR logoLargest Exposition Space North of New York City - Conceptual Renderings Here

State Fair Unveils New 1,400 Foot Skyliner Chairlift Ride - First 100 Passengers Every Day Ride for Free 

Final Components of Phase 1 Redevelopment Plan Include Indian Village Renovations and New Exhibits and Programming  

State Fair Improvements Complement "Central New York Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced three development teams from Upstate New York have been selected to respond to a Request for Proposals to design and build a new Exposition Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.

USS Philadelphia replicaSyracuse, N.Y. – 2017 New York State Fair opening day visitors will be able to see a replica of the gunboat USS Philadelphia that carried General Benedict Arnold and his Continental Army troops in 1776 during the Revolutionary War rebuilt in just one day, Wednesday, August 23.

The shipbuilding demonstration is part of the new Path through Our Maritime History: Waterways of War exhibit coordinated by New York Sea Grant as part of the new NY Experience: Maritime History showcase, located next to the new retention pond, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. The exhibit opens daily at 10 am.

Excelsior PR logoNew Special Events Capitalize on Special Aspects of New York State;

New on the Midway: The Broadway Skyliner Chairlift Ride, and a New Water Flume Ride;

Improvements Complement "CNY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new events and activities for the 2017 Great New York State Fair, including a new home for the popular New York State Police exhibit, new major events such as Family Fishing Day and Timber Sports Day, and new Midway rides and entertainment such as the Broadway Skyliner chairlift ride. The long list of enhancements builds on Governor Cuomo's $120 million plan to revitalize the nation's oldest state fair and delivers on the promise to create an attractive tourism destination that helps to grow the economy of the region.

A Taste of Wayne CountyTwo decades of the month-long harvest celebration

Wayne County, N.Y. - The annual Wayne County Apple Tour returns for the 20th year this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in New York State. The tour runs throughout the month of October, with a "Tasting Weekend" from October 6-9 (Columbus Day Weekend).

Chicken Chat BoardSeneca Falls, N.Y.  – The 2017 Empire Farm Days has announced a full slate of family fun activities and attractions on August 8, 9 and 10 at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. Here is a sampling:

Try the Chicken Chat large board game with plastic eggs to win a chicken hat at the NY Farm Bureau Family Education Center. The tent also has puzzles, coloring, grain box play area and balloons.

George Eastman Museum logoHidden Garden Concert will bring live music to the museum’s grounds

Rochester, N.Y., July 19, 2017— Due to a major restoration project that has temporarily closed the East Porch and East Vista of George Eastman’s historic mansion, this is the first summer in 22 years that the George Eastman Museum is not hosting its annual Garden Vibes concert series. The museum plans to keep the music alive, however, with a special Hidden Garden Concert on Saturday, August 19, at 6 p.m.

Rochester’s own Ben Morey and The Eyes will headline, celebrating the release of their album Mt. Doom, which was recorded at the South Wedge Mission in 2016. The concert, which will feature a very special opening set by solo performer O, will be held on the north side of the museum grounds, near the University Avenue fence.

Finger Lakes Cheese FestivalPutting down roots!

Finger Lakes, N.Y. -- The sixth annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is slated for Saturday July 22rd, 2017 from 10:00am-5:00pm at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, NY, just east of Watkins Glen and south of Ithaca. Sunset View is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, which puts on this annual family-focused event. The Planning Committee is excited to announce many new additions to this year's festival.

The event features a full farm market featuring creameries of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance providing tastings along with many local food and farm vendors.

Skaneteles Antique and Classic Boat ShowSkaneateles, N.Y. – For more than 15 years, John Hawbecker, of Salem, S.C., has made the 850-mile drive to Skaneateles with his 1959 Chris-Craft ski boat, Infatuation, in tow to exhibit at the Antique and Classic Boat Show. This year will be no different.

“My wife and I love this show—it has the best entertainment and the friendliest people,” said Hawbecker, who attends several shows a year across the country.