Still time to enjoy the fair

T he Washington County Fair is underway.
The county’s largest event kicked off Monday and whether you’ve already made one trip, three trips, or none, there’s still four days left to revel in everything the fair has to offer.
The event, which attracts upward of 120,000 people each year, features a bevy of agricultural exhibits, over 30 free daily shows, more than 40 carnival rides; hundreds of artisans, craftsmen, and historians and 50 food vendors.
“The event gets bigger and better each year,” Ida Williams, head of marketing and public relations, said. “The goal is to deliver a fair that is clean, safe, family-friendly, fun, entertaining, agricultural and educational.”
Throughout the week the fair holds a number of promotions, few of which are as popular as today’s. Thursday, Aug. 21, is Children’s Day at the fairgrounds.
Every child, high school age or younger, receives free admission to the fair, making it one of the most affordable days of the week for fair-going families.
Children’s Day will feature much of the same entertainment that occurs on other days as well as a number of offerings intended specifically for kids.
Radio Disney will broadcast a live remote from the fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m. Kids are invited to participate in games, trivia, dance and win prizes.
There will be two bike giveaways at 3 and 8 p.m. at Entertainment Tent 1.
Most families with school-aged children will eventually make their way to the midway with its assortment of rides and carnival games.
For the 14th year, the carnival section of the fair will be provided by Amusements of America, a New Jersey-based traveling carnival operator. This year will feature more than 40 rides, which will be open 5-11 p.m. on Monday, noon-11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday. And throughout the day on Thursday, rides will require one less ticket.
Rides are but one form of entertainment fairgoers will find during the last few days of the fair.
There are concerts every night, magic shows, chainsaw carving demonstrations and pig racing.
Patrons can also check out more than 1,900 animals and watch a number of juried animal shows and other agricultural demonstrations.
Friday’s itinerary will feature the Stewart’s Ice Cream Cone giveaway, Out of Field Tractor Pulls (10 a.m. and 7 p.m.), the Froggy 100.3 Karaoke Contest and performances by the Adirondack Drill Team, a choreographed horseback riding routine.
Saturday is another busy day with the NYPTA Sanctioned Tractor Pulls (1 and 7 p.m.), a Youth Gymkhana (9 a.m.), and 4-H public presentations.
Chrys Nestle, 4-H educator for Washington County, said more than 300 4-H members from throughout the county participate in the fair each year.
“The fair is an opportunity for the youth to show their projects off,” she said.
Sunday, the final day of the fair, is also one of the most exciting, especially for motor sports enthusiasts.
The big rigs semi-truck pulls begin at 9:45 a.m. and the action gets ratcheted up a notch at 2 p.m. as Stephen’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge presents a monster truck demonstration. After the popularity of the Rammunition at last year’s fair, Halls Brothers Racing is returning with not one, but two trucks.
Mark Hall will drive the Raminator while Mat Dishman will climb aboard the Rammunition and both will perform a car-crushing exposition.
The motor sports will come to an end with a demolition derby at 3 p.m.
Sunday is also Family Fun Day when fairgoers get unlimited access to all the rides for $20.
The cost to attend the fair is $10 for adults and is free for children 13 and younger; active members of the military receive free admission. Parking is free and there is handicapped parking near the gates and courtesy rides will be offered to the mobility impaired.
The fair opens at 9 a.m. each day.

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