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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gates open on summer staple

Carnival rides, live music are part of 170th Saratoga County Fair


The scene is colorful but not quite ready yet at the Saratoga Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY on Monday, July 18, 2011 for this weekend's Saratoga County Fair. (Erin Colligan / Special To The Times Union)

By KELLY CRISCIONE

Special to the Times Union

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Jim Cinguergrano remembers being a 5-year-old boy with his dad when the older man sold 60-cent steak and sausage sandwiches to customers at the Saratoga County Fair.
Nearly five decades later, the sandwiches might be a little more expensive, but they are still a "must-eat" attraction at the fair.
The Saratoga County Fair grows a year older Tuesday as it kicks off its 170th year. The fair, one of the earliest to take place in the region, will unfold over 30 acres and will feature everything from carnival rides to livestock contests.
"We want there to be so much going on that you can't see everything in one day," said Fair President Bill Schwerd. "For the same price as a two-hour movie, you can come to a fair and see a whole mixture of things."
There's plenty to do and see.
The fair will have 100 vendors with foods ranging from the traditional french fries and hot dogs to cupcakes sold on a double-decker bus and a fried pastry filled with Kool-Aid.


The new main attraction, The Big Aerial Show, features acrobats performing handstands and high-wire acts 80 feet above the air. Saratoga is the first fair in the state to feature the troupe.
"We want to make sure you don't walk in and see the same thing every year," Schwerd said. Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Gates-open-on-summer-staple-1471551.php#ixzz1Sb767YfR


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