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All’s fair in Altamont

Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats

The Altamont Fair will likely be featuring one of everyone’s favorite attractions, from carnival rides to tasty treats and even several different animals.

The Altamont Fair will likely be featuring one of everyone’s favorite attractions, from carnival rides to tasty treats and even several different animals.

— Everyone has a favorite thing at the fair, whether it is stomach-churning carnival rides to the bounty of fried food, but at one local fairground, you could also take a step back in history.

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Once again the Altamont Fair has a $15 all-inclusive price, with tickets increasing two dollars on the weekend.

The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well. Once again, tickets are all-inclusive at $15 from Tuesday to Thursday, and an additional two dollars on the weekend. You’ll still want to bring some cash for the fair’s classic fare. The grounds open at 10 a.m. daily, with exhibits following at 11 a.m. and the midway at noon.

Pat Canaday, an Altamont Fair board member, said the fair strives to be family-friendly and offer something everyone will enjoy. She said sticking to the fair’s roots is also important.

“Our goal is to preserve a lot of what people remember about the county fair when it is was a simpler time and this was the biggest community gathering of the year.”

The nonprofit, Albany, Schenectady, Greene County Agricultural and Historical Societies, Inc., hosts the fair annually, with the event largely supported through admissions, volunteer efforts and sponsors.

New to the fair is the “Tim Dyson FMX Show”, which features freestyle motocross stunts, with performances Tuesday through Thursday. Another new attraction is the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum, featuring exhibits showcasing the “centuries-old sporting traditions of hunting, fishing and all sports afield memorabilia.”

There will be plenty of rides for the more daring fairgoers. Reithoffer Shows, dubbed the largest traveling midway in the word, is again hosting unlimited rides. The famous “Sky Flyer” will also be returning to lift people 120 feet into the air before swinging them sideways.

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