State Fair starting off with new technology and unusual injuries

Aug 29, 2015

The New York State Fair is off to a start that includes a new app, and some unusual injuries.

On Friday night a fair-goer received medical attention after being stabbed. The man could be seen bloodied and sitting on a carnival booth counter, surrounded by New York State Troopers and medical personnel. Few details on the incident and extent of the injuries have been released.

Earlier in the day a collision of cars on a roller coaster led to the reportedly minor injury of a child, and the shut down of the ride. The Comet II roller coaster will remain closed until inspectors from the Department of Labor can conduct a full check of the ride.

The New York State Fair app
Credit nysfair.org

On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the fair would be debuting a new mobile app. The app allows users to purchase tickets, create custom schedules, and follow a GPS map of the fairgrounds. Buttons for Facebook and Twitter allow users to see posts and tweets from the fair in real time, while its messages section gives the fair the ability to push important or urgent information to all app users at once.

The app is available at the fair's website, and is free through the Apple and Google Play marketplaces. The Governor is encouraging the public to take advantage of it.