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For the second year in a row, the Park Avenue Summer Art Festival has been canceled.

Organizers released a statement on Tuesday saying, “The Park Avenue Revitalization Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Park Avenue Summer Art Festival until August 6 and 7, 2022. We are grateful for the community support, as we shift our focus from the Art Festival to assisting the small business impact on Park Avenue from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We will continue to look at ways we can celebrate Park Avenue and all it has to offer safely in 2021.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will ease COVID-19 restrictions for some venues in the coming weeks.

On Monday, Cuomo said that among the changes that are in the works as the state’s overall COVID positivity numbers improve.

Spectator capacity at large-scale, outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts & entertainment will increase from 20% to 33% beginning May 19. (That increase will coincide with the previously announced increase in large-scale, indoor event venue capacity). 

If this were any other year, New Yorkers would be chowing down on sausage sandwiches and pizza frites, while strolling through the Midway of the New York State Fair in Syracuse. But for the first time since World War II, the fair, like many others across the country, has been canceled, due to COVID 19.

Between the 25 cent milk and funnel cake, Narcan training will also be available at the New York State Fair.

This is the first time the opioid reversing drug will be available at the fair, with trainings every day, provided by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Rob Kent is the General Council at that office, and says even though its unusual setting, New Yorkers need to be aware that “we’re in a major crisis here with opioids."

He says it’s just another way to get the lifesaving drug into the hands of more New Yorkers.

(AP) Work has begun on a 136,000-square-foot Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds outside Syracuse.

State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner says the new center is part of plans to develop a major year-round events business at the fairgrounds.

The Expo Center will be the largest events facility north of New York City and between Boston and Cleveland. It will have 110,000 square feet of programming space with 4,000 retractable seats and room for 500 exhibit booths.

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(AP) - The New York State Fair is hosting a competition for videos created using cameras on drones.

There are eight categories, including one for films featuring New York state. Videos must be no longer than five minutes, except for the corporate/industrial category, and at least half of each one must be shot using a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle. 

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The Meatball Truck from Rochester was voted the best food truck during the penultimate day of the New York State Fair.

The Meatball Truck beat out 17 trucks from across the state to win the People's Choice Award in the Taste NY Food Truck Competition. Trucks were allowed to serve a sample of one item during the competition, and voters chose the truck's meatball in a cup entree. 

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and New York State Fair officials have Gov. Andrew Cuomo squarely in their corner as they advance plans to make dramatic changes at the fairgrounds in Geddes.