County fair season in the Capital Region starts this week with the opening of the Saratoga County Fair in Ballston Spa. And there will be a county fair pretty much each week through Labor Day.
Here's a rundown of county fairs around the region.
Remember: drink plenty of water -- and eat many foods on a stick.
This is the 173rd year for the Saratoga County Fair. (Though there was an earlier version -- "basically a one day cattle show" -- that ran from 1819-1824.) And the fair has been moved back a week from the dates it's been occupying the last decade or so.
Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
When: July 26-August 2
How much: $12 for adults, free for children under 12 and under.
Eight-day passes are available online at $45 for adults until July 26. After the start of the fair, they're $40. Also this year: the fair will not be accepting the Statewide Fair Pass.
When: August 12-17
Where: Altamont Fairgrounds
How much: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - $15. Friday, Saturday, Sunday - $17. "Includes shows, parking, and unlimited rides." Kids under 36-inches tall are free -- but they're not allowed to ride the rides. If you buy tickets ahead of time online for $15 each, they're good for any of the fair days (which could save you $2 Friday-Sunday).
The Altamont Fair is the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties.
Washington County Fair
When: August 18-24
Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich
How much: Adults $10 ($9 before August 1). Children 13 and under are free. All-week pass is $30 ($27 before August 1). Free admission for all active military service members with military ID.
Admission does not include carnival rides. During the fair, ride tickets are $1 each. But if you buy before August 19, you can get 20 ride tickets for $8. "Each carnival ride takes 2 to 5 tickets - 1 less per ride on Children's Day." Also: On Tuesday and Sunday are you can ride all rides from noon-close for $20.
"New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair."
When: August 26-September 1
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Fonda
How much: $10 Adults, kids 6-11 years old $2, kids under 6 - free. Free admission for active military service members with military ID. Parking $2. There's also a "Mega Pass," which includes admission and unlimited rides for one day during the fair, for $25 when bought before August 25.
This is the 173rd year for the Fonda Fair.
Columbia County Fair
When: August 27-September 1
Where: The fairgrounds are in Chatham
How much: Adults $10 (Sunday is $12). It's $8 every day if purchased by the end of the day August 26. Kids 12 and under free. Free admission for active military members with military ID or uniform. (Daily ride passes are $15-$20 depending on day.)
This is the 174th Columbia County Fair.
When: August 27-September 1
Where: Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke
How much: Adults $11. Opening Day is $5. Season pass is $35. Children 13 and under are free. Unlimited rides pass is $20 Wednesday-Friday, $21 Saturday-Monday.
This year is the 195th for Schaghticoke Fair, and it's said to be the 3rd oldest fair of its type in New York State.
Bonus bit: The Jefferson County Fair (Watertown), first organized in 1817, is said to be the oldest county fair in the state.
Earlier on AOA: At the fair, competing for a ribbon
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