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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ULSTER COUNTY FAIR, NEW PALTZ, NY OPENS

Popular Ulster County Fair is now open for six-day run
Shantal Parris Riley • Poughkeepsie Journal • August 3, 2010
NEW PALTZ — The gates at the Ulster County Fair opened at 4 p.m. and the first day of the six-day event will run through 10 p.m.
Organizers will be looking to the sky today, hoping for weather better than last year for the fair.
Gates open to the 123rd Ulster County Fair in just a few hours. The event takes place at the county fairgrounds site on Libertyville Road in New Paltz and runs through Sunday.
Ulster County Fair Office Manager Suzanne Britsky said she is looking for sunny skies this week."We're hoping it stays dry," Britsky said. "Last year, we suffered about four days of monsoon weather."The National Weather Service is forecasting highs mostly in the 80s for the remainder of the week, with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms most days."Normally, our attendance is about 45,000 to 50,000 people," she said. "We'd like to break a record this year."
Admission is $15 for children and adults. Children 4 and under get in for free.
However, a number of discounts are being offered.
The first of which is the "Carload Night" tonight."It's $40 a carload," Britsky said. "There's no limit to the number of people who can be in the car, as long as they are safely buckled in."It has been very successful. The combination with the fireworks makes it a very popular night," she said.
Highland resident Mark Jackson remembers taking his kids on Carload Night."When my kids were little, we would pack the car with kids on Carload Night," he said. "I think the Ulster County Fair is really one of the better deals, as far as county and state fairs go.
"Corrine Shields, 17, from Marlboro, goes to the fair every year."I don't really like the rides. I like the animals," she said. "There's a lot to look at.
"Discounts also are available for seniors."We have Senior Citizens Day on Thursday," she said. "Seniors get in free before 4 p.m.
"Britsky said there are discounted rates available for recreational day camps on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Among the events is a petting zoo, master gardener demonstrations and truck races. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 tonight.

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