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Tradition still strong at Altamont Fair

Tradition still strong at Altamont Fair

As the opening day of the Altamont Fair draws near, fair officials are preparing attractions both ol
Tradition still strong at Altamont Fair
Simon Blattstein and Christine Myers have a "screaming good time" on the "Speed Ride" on opening day at the 2013 Altamont Fair. This year's six-day fair begins Tuesday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

As the opening day of the Altamont Fair draws near, fair officials are excitedly preparing attractions both old and new to wow fairgoers at the 121st annual, six-day tri-county event.

Sticking with tradition, the fair, which kicks off Tuesday, will have all of its usual suspects, including horse pulls, fried foods, rides, games, and cattle, goat, horse, rabbit, pony and sheep shows.

There are also several museums located on the grounds with a collection of antique farm equipment. This year, ladies at the museum will be wearing period dress and demonstrating how household chores were performed before electricity. A popular attraction at the museum is the Blacksmith Shop, where you can see a blacksmith heat and pound metal into intricate shapes.

Each year the fair also likes to change up its schedule, bringing in new attractions to excite fairgoers. Altamont Fair Treasurer Pat Canaday said that there will be many new rides and events for people to experience this year, including a ride called “Air Race” that is being imported from Italy.

“We like to try new things each year,” said Canaday. “And I believe we’ve been growing in the past few years.”

Included in the list of new entertainment is the Brigade FMX motocross show, featuring quad stunts and motocross freestyle Thursday through Sunday at the Altamont Fair grandstands.

Altamont Fair

WHERE: 129 Grand St., Altamont

WHEN: Tuesday to Sunday

HOW MUCH: General admission $15 Tuesday and Wednesday, and $17 Thursday through Sunday; children under 36 inches are free; admission includes parking, music, circus and rides


The Altamont Fair will continue to use its “one-price” admission of $15 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and $17 on Thursday through Sunday. One-price tickets include admission to the fair, access to all rides, parking, music, the Circus Hollywood and all other entertainment acts. Food and carnival games are not included in the price of admission, so bring extra cash if you also plan to eat and play at the fair.

“By the time a family buys tickets and ride wrist bands for all of their kids, they’ll end up spending a lot of money,” said Canaday. “We feel that our pricing makes it more cost-effective for families to come to the fair.”

Canaday said the thought behind the one-price tickets was to save families money, as wrist bands for rides often cost the same as the price of admission. When you have a lot of kids, Canaday said, the cost for one day at the fair becomes expensive quickly.

Wednesday is a special admission day. Senior citizens, grange members, active military and veterans will all receive free admission with ID until 4 p.m. The fair will also be providing free golf cart rides to make it easier for seniors and veterans to get around the fair.

Also new to the fair this year will be the Altamont Wine Tasting Festival. For $5, adults 21 and older may come and taste a selection of New York wines.

Pig races have been an extremely popular event at fairs across the Capital Region this year, so be sure to check out the Altamont Fair “Hollywood Pig Races” every day at 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.

“The pig races are very exciting,” said Canaday. “They run the race, but you never know exactly what they’re going to do. The crowd always gets pretty involved. It’s a lot of fun.”

Purchase presale tickets to the Altamont fair on their website,, and save $2. Tickets purchased online can be used any day during fair week.

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