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Thursday, 11 July 2013 16:05

Celebrating the 172nd Saratoga County Fair

By Staff Report | News

BALLSTON SPA — Get ready for some fun at the Saratoga County Fair. This year the Fair is bringing back some of the tried and true acts, events and rides, but they are also adding lots of new and exciting things. 

Susan Farnsworth, media relations coordinator, said that there were some acts that had not been seen in a while that were being brought back, as well as some new and exciting ones. 

“Hypnotist acts have a long history at the Saratoga County Fair, and after a few years without, we are happy to announce that the hypnotist Brad Matchett, will be appearing nightly after the talent shows in the Talent Pavilion,” said Farnsworth. “Then we will be featuring the all new Alaskan Grizzly Experience, featuring live Alaskan Grizzly Bears [who] will be doing four shows daily in Grandstand Meadow. The Alaskan Grizzly Experience joins Rosaries’ Racing Pigs, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Masters of the Chainsaw’s Brian Ruth and all the other great acts and exhibits covering the 30-acre Fairgrounds.”

In addition, there will be the new Adirondack Ranger Cabin display in the conservation area, built by volunteers with materials donated by the Saratoga Tree Nursery and Kilmer Lumber Company from Middle Grove. 

“We initiated live music in the daytime last year, and it returns again in 2013 with Seth & the Moody Melix and John & Orion Kribs playing in the Conservation area this year, and Markellis, Haskell, & Maul playing on the D&H Caboose Stage,” added Farnsworth. “In addition this year, there will be two afternoons of classic country music in the Live Music Pavilion by the Spurs USA.”

She noted that the rides section of the Fair, featuring Amusements of America, will be running 39 rides, the most rides ever at the fairgrounds and featuring 21st Century LED light shows and rides like the Flying Bobs, Pharaoh’s Fury, Vertigo, Zero Gravity and Cliff Hanger. 

As for food and beverage vendors, Farnsworth said new wine selections would be available this year. 

“The addition of a second varietal flavor to the Saratoga County Fair wine selections, custom made by Ledge Rock Hill Winery here in Saratoga County, [will be featured,” said Farnsworth . “Saratoga County Fair ‘Judges Stand Lager’ will also be returning, brewed for us by Olde Saratoga Brewing.”

Continuing, she said that the Tom Clements Family Pavilion will be more active than in recent years with the return of daily shows by the Agricadabra Magic Show, who will be sharing the building with Matt Baker the Comedian/Juggler. TCFP will also host the annual pie eating contests, donut eating contests and the all new Lego Competition. 

Eliminator, the number one touring ZZ Top Tribute act in the USA will open the Fair Tuesday night. 

“This Kansas City based act is the ultimate way to get you in shape to welcome the real thing to SPAC later this summer,” continued Farnsworth. 

Every full price admission receives Gate Premiums Tuesday through Thursday; Wednesday is Seniors Day, with discount admissio and a free lunch and Glenn Miller Tribute Show. 

The 172nd Saratoga County Fair runs Tuesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 21 at the Saratoga County Fairground, 162 Prospect Street in Ballston Spa.

The Fair is open 9 a.m. to midnight daily; the midway is open 0noon to midnight daily. The Live Music Pavilion is open every night at 8 p.m. Concessions are open every day 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

General admission is $10 each day with special gate premiums being offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Parking in all the Fair-managed lots is always free and there are over 500 new, free parking spaces this year. 

Discount price advantage sale “Tickets to Go” tickets are available at all Price Chopper locations.

Tuesday included in your admission is a free Beach Bag; Wednesday included in your admission is a free E-Tablet Cover; Wednesday is also Senior Citizens Day, admission is $4 for those 65 and older until 5 p.m. Thursday included in the admission is a free insulated 16 ounce mug, (all gate premiums are while supplies last.) All week we still offer “Smaller than Me is Free” (less than 52 inches) for the children.

Admission all week is free to active duty military members, but active duty ID is required. Families, retired military and dependents are not eligible for free admission.

Free in the Grandstand on Tuesday and Sunday, is the JM Productions Demo Derby; Wednesday is NYTPA Tractor Pulls, Thursday and Friday is the Double M Western Pro Rodeo and Saturday is the four wheel drive Truck Pulls.

The Saratoga County Fair Pageant is held Tuesday and talent contests are daily.  

The Live Music Pavilion has bands performing from 8 p.m. to midnight (you must be 21 to enter). Tuesday features Eliminator; Wednesday is Chelsea Cavanaugh; Thursday is Skeeter Creek; Friday is Vivid; Saturday is Whiskey City and Sunday features Johnny and the Triumphs.

Departments and shows include cattle, draft and saddle horses, goats, bees and honey, farm produce, flowers, culinary, home arts, fine arts, antiques, talent show, sheep, fair pageants, education, Grange, four-wheel-drive pull and conservation.

For more information, visit the web site at www.saratogacountyfair.org or call the Saratoga County Fair office at (518) 885-9701. 

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