Kevin Veitch is counting on the sunshine for the upcoming Saratoga County Fair.
“We’ll have around 80,000 people,” Veitch said, adding “as long as we have sunshine.”
Veitch took on the role of executive director and general manager last spring after the unexpected death of Jeff Townsend.
At the time, he was focused on carrying out the plans that Townsend and others had put into place. But this time around, he’s put his own spin on the fair, adding to its 178 year history.
“It takes about a year to plan,” Veitch said. He and other organizers plan to start organizing the 2020 fair next week, while the 2019 fair is still running.
Some parts of the planning process took Veitch out of his comfort zone, including handling interviews, dealing with entertainers and trying to carry on a tradition that’s decades in the making.
“In the middle of taking it on, I decided to change our artwork,” Veitch said.
Taking a cue from Saratoga’s successful First Night posters, Veitch decided to recruit artist Sharon Bolton to redesign the fair's logo and the poster for the 2019 fair. Both feature vibrant images of the fair’s traditions, inlcuding a Ferris wheel, tractors, a pie, farm animals, etc.
Veitch hopes that the posters will become collectible items and he’s already got positive feedback about them.
Another change Veitch made to the fair is with the ticket sales. Until July 21, people can purchase tickets at any Stewarts in Saratoga County for $10, instead of the regular $12.
Getting tickets ahead of time will cut down on the wait to get into the fair, which can sometimes be lengthy depending on the time of day, Veitch said.
New entertainment includes live music from Madison VanDenburg, who will perform at 6 p.m. on Thur. July 25.
The talented rescue dogs of Marvelous Mutts will perform tricks and jumps throughout the fair and Granpa Cratchet, a puppet providing laughs and a bit of wisdom, will also appear throughout.
The Ninja Experience will bring some of their own tricks, as will the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and others. The petting zoo and the Butterfly Experience are returning this year, along with the motorcycle show Wild Wheels Wall of Death.
As is tradition, the demolition derby will return on Thursday and Sunday, and the professional rodeo will run on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The fair schedule is also filled with live regional music and competitions like the pie and donut eating contests, the kiddie pedal tractor pulls, the cornhole competition and the Lego competition.
Though it’s a bit too early to be checking the forecast, fairgoers are counting on clear skies from July 23-28. However, even if there’s rain, the fair will still run, said Veitch.
For a full schedule and more info on tickets visit saratogacountyfairgrounds.org.