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Speed thrills at fair

Altamont to mark ride's upstate NY debut

This year's Hollywood Circus attraction in the Big Top of the Altamont Fair will feature a large petting zoo with giraffes.

This year's Hollywood Circus attraction in the Big Top of the Altamont Fair will feature a large petting zoo with giraffes.

— New this year is the Hollywood Circus in the Big Top with a large petting zoo featuring giraffes, the Hollywood Racing Pigs, Sylvia’s Magic Truck ventriloquist show and the musical program Vic and Sticks, which teaches children about the environment.

Fair officials have added an additional night of fireworks the closing night of the fair on Sunday, Aug. 19, while the newest in fried foods will be available.

These types of exclusive attractions have kept locals returning to the fair, even after prices were raised in 2010. The new system meant all rides and attractions were included in the ticket price. Fair officials said the change was meant to help struggling families keep the costs of attending the fair lower.

“Now it’s all inclusive,” said Marie McMillian, the fair’s manager. “We have done our best to speak to all the age groups who attend the fair. There’s always a few who fall between the cracks but, every year the attendance has gone up a few thousand.”

McMillian estimates about 75,000 people attended the fair last year.

Admission is $15 for adults and children 36 inches and taller. All shorter children are free. Admission is also free for seniors before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and for those in the armed services on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Fair Marketing Director Pat Canaday said the selection and simple reminders of yester-year are what keep people returning.

“They want to see what’s new and we want to provide that for them,” she said.

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