BALLSTON SPA – The 176th Annual Saratoga County Fair will kick off Tuesday, July 18 with something new.
The board of directors will host a ribbon cutting and opening ceremony to dedicate a new 7,200 square foot building on the fairgrounds. The facility was paid for through a $96,000 grant from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets’ agricultural fairgrounds infrastructure improvement program.
The facility will become the permanent home of the top dairy and beef farms that compete each year at the fair.
The ribbon cutting will be held at 12:30 p.m., at the new Stewart’s Shops Show Ring Building at the fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Street.
The schedule includes opening remarks by Chuck Curtiss, Saratoga County Fair board president and a blessing of the fair by First Baptist Church Pastor Bill Tatum. Mayor John Romano and Bill Dake, Stewart’s Shops chairman of the board, will be on hand for the ribbon cutting.
This year’s edition of the fair runs from Tuesday, July 18 to Sunday, July 23.There will be seven stages of entertainment from all over the country, domestic to exotic animal displays, pageant and talent show, six nights of competition in the WGNA-National Grid Grandstand with two nights of pro rodeo, two nights of demo derby, plus modified tractor pulls, and a day full of four wheel drive truck pulls.
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