Thousands of people everywhere! Walking from the shuttle buses, walking from the parking lots, walking towards the gates, walking to the concert venues…but when you go to pay to get in to the Fair, you are told, “CASH ONLY!” What? No credit cards? Why is that? Everybody takes credit cards. This must be some kind of scam. Someone must have complained about this. No? Why? Then again, it is Syracuse, New York.
The only reason why, in my opinion, the majority of the vendors at the New York State Fair only accepts CASH would be due to the tax situation. With taxes being close to or at the highest in the nation, it would be easy to claim less sales, thus paying less in taxes. Someone may be looking at this as a win-win for everyone attending the New York State Fair. But it is not. Sure, there are sparsely placed ATM machines available, where the criminals are just awaiting the opportunity to nab your PIN number as so many people think they are always so safe (even with the spouses present), but that is so inconvenient. It would be so much easier to give the patron the opportunity to slide their credit card through a machine, with the option of receiving a receipt. If a poll was taken, I am sure many would prefer to use a credit card or debit card at the New York State Fair. This would also be the perfect climate to bring in more revenue, both for the vendors and New York State.
I must say, the New York State Fair is quite a spectacle. There is so much to do there and the food is most incredibly delicious! You just gotta grab an Italian Sausage or a New York gyro. The kids will love the cotton candy. Beer lovers will be in drunk heaven as a large coke and a large bottle water is only one dollars. A concert is always thumping either in Center Court of the Grandstand. Just a few days ago, Justin Bieber graced the Fair with a sold-out concert, after having to cancel the initial appearance date. In August, the electrifying Aerosmith performed to a wallopping payday of one million dollars. Other top acts included, Rihanna and Rascal Flats.