Every time you visit the New York State Fair, you will be surrounded by contributions to its success made by the late Joe LaGuardia. Infrastructure, sponsorship, organization and especially concert events grew tremendously during his 32 years as Fair marketing director and on Friday, Aug. 24, the state of New York and the Fair will officially recognize LaGuardia, who died May 14, with a ceremony dedicating a portion of the Grandstand in his name.
The space will feature two banners hanging on the outside and a plaque with a photo portrait taken by Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis, who originated the idea of honoring LaGuardia. The idea gained momentum with support from New Times
readers and many of LaGuardia’s peers following the June 20 publication
of an article proposing such an honor. The ceremony, expected to
include family and friends of the Syracuse native, is scheduled to
take place on stage before the Friday, Aug. 24, Keith Urban concert.