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Wet and Wild Opening Morning for First Day of NYS Fair

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Wet and Wild Opening Morning for First Day of NYS Fair
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It was a wet and wild opening morning for the first day of the Great New York State Fair. Lightning, thunder, and downpours kept people inside for about an hour.

"I've been here on days when it was raining but I've never seen it like that," said Linda Drimer, an exhibitor.

"The thunder was really booming and the lighning was flashing, and then they actually lost power in the building and all the lights went out. It was pretty dark," said Beverly Chartrand, an exhibitor.
A large portion of the fair lost power for about ten to twenty minutes.

"Just that snap it was pitch black," said Drimer.

"It was very weird. I was glad that there were windows over there that let in some light because I thought some other buildings were really dark," said Chartrand.

Lightning hit a transformer across the street from gates two and three.

"Wires came down. It was a line in our pink lot, which is across the road from our main gates. We cut off parking for that lot for about half an hour to 45 minute. Solvay electric came and repaired everything. We obviously cut the power over there as well. But now everything is back up and operating again," said Troy Waffner, the NYS Fair acting director.

The damage was limited to the transformer and a few vendors tents that were battered by the wind. The weather did delay the opening of the midway rides because they cannot operate when there's thunder or lighting.

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