FUN AT THE FAIR

199th an­nual Schaghticoke Fair runs un­til La­bor Day

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lauren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­gan@digitalfirstmedia.com @Lau­renTheRecord on Twit­ter

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.

LAUREN HAL­LI­GAN — LHAL­LI­GAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Event-go­ers walk through the fair­grounds on open­ing day of the 199th an­nual Schaghticoke Fair.

LAUREN HAL­LI­GAN — LHAL­LI­GAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Three-year-old Bry­ton Brust, along with Hollie Ellsworth, ride in a heli­copter ride on open­ing day of the 199th an­nual Schaghticoke Fair.

LAUREN HAL­LI­GAN — LHAL­LI­GAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Fair-go­ers en­joy the mid­way at­trac­tions on open­ing day of the 199th an­nual Schaghticoke Fair.

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