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New treats, high-flying fun at 170th Saratoga County Fair

Reported by: Katherine Underwood

Videographer: J. Ficurilli
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Updated: 7/19/2011 6:29 pm
There’s a lot going on in Saratoga County, as people gear up for Opening Day at the Track, others are heading to the 170th Annual Saratoga County Fair.

With more than 100 vendors, you'll find everything from racing pigs to deep fried Kool-Aid.

The festivities are well underway at the Saratoga County Fair, this year featuring a new, jaw-dropping, high-wire act.

“We also have the 85-foot sway pole,” explained entertainer Sam Johnson who performs with The Big Aerial Show. “We have something for everyone.”

The 170th annual fair kicked off three days before the gates swing open at the Saratoga Race Course. Organizers call it perfect timing for vacationers to get a taste of everything the Capital Region has to offer.

“You come a couple days early, you can come down to the fair, you can come after the races and you get to see different kind of life and the local people,” explained Fair Board President Bill Schward.

“All the animals were really nice, but the horses especially, because we happen to love them,” said Lisa Tamzriam who was visiting from New York City.

One of the biggest draws at the fair is, of course, the food.

From your traditional fried dough and french fries, to fried green beans and pickles, to the latest treat, deep fried Kool-Aid – people say a day at the fair is a time to indulge.

“The taste is more like a twang cherry,” said vendor Gloria Lauther, “It's very popular.”

“It is a special occasion, they can have anything they want,” said Joan Giombetti who was at the fair with her grandchildren.

Giombetti says she can remember a time decades ago when her parents sold pizza from a stand at the fair.

“My mom and dad brought me, now I have five children and I always brought them, and these are their offspring, so we are still bringing them,” Giombetti said.

Tuesday, the whole family enjoyed some old-fashioned favorites at lunch and looked forward to the newest fried Kool-Aid treat.

“We're going to have to try that,” Giombetti said laughing.

The Fair at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds is open July 19 to 24 from 9 a.m. through midnight daily.

For a list of events and shows at the Fair, CLICK HERE.  

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