The Jess Novak Band

The Jess Novak Band

About a month ahead of its debut, the New York State Winter Fair announced that several performers will provide live entertainment during the two-day event.

The fair takes place from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Exposition Center on the fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Geddes.

Here's who will be performing: 

Friday, Feb. 8

4 p.m.: Paul Davie's Magical Mystery Tour tribute to The Beatles

6 p.m.: The Ripcords (roots, rockabilly, country, blues, swing and more)

8:30 p.m.: The Custom Taylor Band (top 40 country)

Saturday, Feb. 9

11 a.m.: Kambuyu Marimba Band (dance music From Zimbabwe)

12:15 p.m.: Francis Academy of Irish Dance

1 p.m.: Karate John's martial arts demonstration

1:30 p.m.: Mike & the Rhythm & Blues (12-piece youth orchestra)

2:20 p.m.: Hilby, the Skinny German Juggling Boy, a tradition at the state fair for more than 20 years who juggles, walks on stilts and rides a unicycle

3 p.m.: Karate John's martial arts demonstration

3:30 p.m.: Joe Driscoll (musician/rapper/beatboxer who uses recorded loops of his own beatboxing and live looping using a sampler to fuse hip-hop, reggae, soul, folk and roots rock)

4:45 p.m.: Native American dancers representing the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy

6 p.m.: The BlackLites (old school R&B/soul/funk with horns)

8:30 to 10 p.m.: The Todd Hobin Band (rock)

Sunday, Feb. 10

12:15 p.m.: Sera Bullis, 16, a two-time Syracuse Area Music Awards winner who plays piano, cello, ukulele and electric guitar

1:30 p.m.: Winner of the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse Battle of the Bands 

3:30 p.m.: Grupo Pagan (Latin-American group with a salsa-inspired flavor)

6 p.m.: Jess Novak Band (seven-piece band featuring pop, rock, soul and more)

"We're bringing the best of the state fair indoors and our performance lineup reflects that. We've got many great shows that people have enjoyed at the fair at the end of summer and a few new shows as well," said Steve Becker of Premier Promotions, the company that is operating Winter Fair with assistance from the Great New York State Fair, in a news release.

In addition to that schedule, the fair will feature a mini midway indoors; food, beverage and merchandise vendors; and state fair cultural staples like the Indian, Pan-African and Latino villages.

Advance tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors 60 and older and children ages 13 to 17. At the gate, tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and teens (cash only). Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

For more information, visit nysfair.org.

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