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Pig's legacy lives on at New Salem fair

"It's always a great event for kids and adults. It's a nice hometown fair without the long lines that you would get elsewhere," said Richard Reilly, a member of the New Scotland Town Board who has attended the fair since childhood.

Besides the all-American grilled favorites, there will be food vendors serving pizza, snacks, and traditional home-baked goodies like brownies and apple pie. The main entertainment is animal guy Dean Davis, who will showcase a selection of turtles and other wildlife. Past exhibits have been beauty contests, car rallies, art shows, and dances.

Besides the beer garden and carnival games that may appeal to the adults, Stuart Morrison, chairman of the New Salem Fire Department, thinks the beauty of the fair is it's a great place to catch up with old friends.

"It's a reunion of sorts for people in the area. It's the only time in the year that you see them," he said.

The Punkintown Fair takes place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. across from the firehouse on Route 85A in New Scotland's hamlet of New Salem.

For information, call 765-5672.

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