FUN AT THE FAIR
199th annual Schaghticoke Fair runs until Labor Day
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. » The 199th annual Schaghticoke Fair kicked off on Wednesday with the return of $1 Day, a new tradition that’s proving to be a big hit with fair-goers.
The discount day made its debut last summer on the fair’s opening day, drawing thousands of bargain-hunting attendees.
A fast favorite with fair clientele, in 2017 it was five times as busy compared to opening day the previous year.
Back again for a second year, $1 Day featured $1 admission, $1 rides and $1 food items such as hot dogs and pretzels at vendor stations on Wednesday throughout the fairgrounds.
“We want the fair to be affordable and accessible to everyone,” said fair manager Carly Reyna, who started $1 Day last year. “We feel strongly about the education and entertainment that is here; everyone should be able to afford and enjoy a trip to the fair!”
Though it was an extremely hot day in Schaghticoke, many people still came out on Wednesday for their
dollar deals and fair fun on opening day.
June Barie of Rensselaer said she took her family to the fair on Wednesday afternoon because of $1 Day. “When you’ve got two grandchildren, it’s worth it - even with the heat,” she said during her second-ever visit to the Schaghticoke Fair. “The kids want to see cows and horses, and they want to go on rides.”
Others who come every season, sometimes even multiple days, took advantage of the one- day only discount. “My mom took me every year when I was a kid,” said Brandon Brust of Johnsonville. So, he now takes his son Bryton to the fair each summer, carry- ing on a family tradition. “He likes the rides and he likes the demo derby a lot too,” Brandon said about his three-year- old. “I just like seeing him have fun.”
While the fair certainly began with a bang on $1 Day, Reyna predicts that its other busiest days this week will be Saturday because it’s the first weekend day, and Labor Day Monday, the fair’s final day of 2018, when entertainment will include both the popular demolition derby in the grandstands and a concert by country artist Keith Anderson. “Monday is going to be big,” she said.
The fair manager’s goal for the 2018 Schaghticoke Fair is 100,000 in attendance, a number the fair’s come very close to reaching in recent years.
While fair organizers have put their all into of- fering enticing attractions this season, the biggest factor in attendance is typically weather, which is predicted to include a mix of sun, clouds and some possible thunderstorms over the next several days.
The fair’s general admission price through Monday is $12 each. Children ages 13 and younger are free.
Senior Citizen Day, Thursday, will feature a discounted $5 ticket price for those ages 62 and older.
Schaghticoke Fair season passes are also available for $40 each.
For the first time ever, tickets to the Schaghticoke Fair can be purchased in advance online.
More information about the 2018 Schaghticoke Fair, including a full schedule and ticket purchasing, is available online at schaghticokefair.com.
Event-goers walk through the fairgrounds on opening day of the 199th annual Schaghticoke Fair.
Three-year-old Bryton Brust, along with Hollie Ellsworth, ride in a helicopter ride on opening day of the 199th annual Schaghticoke Fair.
Fair-goers enjoy the midway attractions on opening day of the 199th annual Schaghticoke Fair.