New York State Fair, Syracuse.

Attendance at the New York State Fair, Syracuse, dropped nearly 8 percent from last year’s 917,464 to 845,595, but director Dan O’Hara attributes the decline largely to better accounting practices.

“Our methodology for counting fairgoers changed,” he said of the Aug. 23-Sept. 3 event. “What we ended up doing in the past years is we had a punch card that the press or exhibitors were given that had 12 days on it. Those people ...

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