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Altamont Fair on the horizon

New flat-rate ticket grants unlimited access to fair attractions

Days and weeks of trucks rolling down Route 146 to the Altamont Fairgrounds can only mean one thing the village's yearly celebration is nearly upon us.

The 117th Altamont Fair will run from Tuesday, Aug. 17, to Sunday, Aug. 22, and as always, there will be both new and old attractions to hold the attention of every age and taste.

Perhaps the most significant development for this year's fair is the new all $15 inclusive ticket, which grants fairgoers parking, admission to the fair and all shows and unlimited midway rides. Children 3 and younger get in free.

Wednesday will be seniors and grange members day, and Sunday will be military day, when members of these groups will receive free admission.

The all-inclusive ticket should make the fair even more accessible, said organizer Jane Lyman.

We took a look at budgets and the economy, and decided that we really wanted to do something to make it a little more family friendly, cost-wise," she said. "It was a recognition of realities and a willingness to share the fair with everybody."

Lyman's husband, Stuart Lyman, is taking the reins as president of the fair for the first time this year, and he's also hoping the new price point opens up the fair to more people.

"To me, the fair is something that's really exciting and something you can't see anywhere else all summer," he said.

(Fun fact: the Lymans have celebrated their anniversary at the fair for the past 30 years.)

And just like previous years, admission will buy you access to more than one person can reasonable see in just one day. The fairgrounds will be home to hundreds of attractions, vendors, rides and refreshment options during the six-day event. The biggest ones promise to satisfy all tastes, with animals, vehicles and daredevil performances.

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