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New state fair app now out

A brand new mobile app and updated website for the Great New York State Fair, which runs daily through Sept. 7, is now available.

The new tools allow users to purchase tickets online, create a custom schedule with reminders for events throughout the day and feature a GPS-enabled map that allows visitors to know where they are on the fairgrounds. The mobile app, made by Persource, is available at nysfair.org/app.

“This new app and website will bring one of the state’s most treasured traditions into the 21st century,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “With new tools on the website and on mobile phones, it has never been easier to plan a day at the fair and see the very best this state has to offer. I encourage all to use these tools and take a trip this year to the Great New York State Fair.”

The new app is available for free in the Apple and Google Play marketplaces. Within the app, users can scroll through hourly events and musical shows to build a custom itinerary. When an event is added to the itinerary, fairgoers will get a reminder 5 minutes before it begins. The app also features the “Food Finder,” which uses GPS to pinpoint a user’s exact location and shows the location of Fair food vendors.

Communication is another important function. Buttons for Facebook and Twitter allow users to see posts and tweets from the fair in real time, while the messages section gives the Fair the ability to push important or urgent information to all app users at once.

The app is tied directly to the new website, www.nysfair.org, which allows content changes to happen instantly across both platforms. The website had not been updated since its last renovation in 2012.

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