The Best Part of Summer 2012 Arrives August 14-19 as the 119th Altamont Fair Comes to the Capital Region

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The three-county fair representing Albany, Schenectady and Greene counties features family-friendly fun and entertainment.

The Altamont Fair is returning to the Capital Region this summer with its exciting rides, entertainment and educational exhibits from Aug. 14 through Aug. 19. The 119th edition of the annual fair invites people of all ages to attend for the admission price of $15 at the gate or $14 when purchased online in advance, inclusive of all rides, shows, exhibits, Circus Hollywood and parking.

The 2012 event focuses on the promotion and encouragement of sustainable living with a new green initiative. The County Waste-sponsored “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” competition will feature the illustrations of green living by children as a method of reinforcing the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle. Schenectady Children’s Museum and the Pine Bush Preserve have joined the initiative.

Circus Hollywood brings big top circus entertainment to the fair several times per day with seven acts in all. Sponsored by National Grid, fair visitors will be entertained by Friesian Horses, clowns, camels, motorcycles and high wire acts under the Big Top. In addition, visitors are encouraged to experience the Reithoffer Shows Midway, the largest traveling midway in the world. Two new rides – Speed and The Vertical – will thrill young and old alike. Agriculture exhibits, demonstrations and competitions featuring horses, ponies, draft horses, oxen, sheep, goats, poultry and more will entertain and educate fair-goers.

Family friendly shows are also included! Enjoy Sylvia’s Magic Trunk, Disc-connected K9’s the World Famous Frisbee dogs, an incredible petting zoo that includes giraffes, and the Two by Two Zoo an exhibit that is educating as well as entertaining. Vic and Sticks is a musical comedy group where kids become part of the show.

The Altamont Fair returns with exciting contests and exhibits again this summer. Don’t miss The Miss Altamont Fair Pageant, the Sugar Girls Sweets Cupcakes Challenge, the Ugliest Cake Contest and a number of other interactive opportunities. It is not too late to enter! Fair attendees are encouraged to visit The Antique Farm Machinery, Farm House, Carriage, School House, Village, Circus and Auto exhibits, which feature items and information on the past and present of American living.

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, seniors 65 and older will receive free admission until 4 p.m. Senior Day is sponsored by St. Peter’s Health Services and includes many exhibits of interest to seniors. Thursday, Aug. 16, is Armed Services Day, and both active and retired members of the military will be admitted free of charge until 4 p.m. (free admission does not include rides). Armed Services Day events include a World War II radio re-enactment as well as exhibits of military vehicles. Budweiser and Saratoga Eagle will be raising funds to benefit VA Homeless Veterans Programs in the Capital Region. To cap off a great day, the US Army Color guard will lead off a flag-raising ceremony followed by an amazing Alonzo Fireworks display sponsored by Quick Response Restoration. Chauffeured golf carts will be made available on Wednesday and Thursday to patrons in need of transportation assistance around the fair grounds. SEFCU Day is Friday, Aug. 17, and visitors will want to arrive early as the first 200 people to enter the fairgrounds will receive a great giveaway!

Musical entertainment at the fair includes all genres, including country, big band, rock and the oldies! Scheduled to appear are Bobby Stillwell, Colleen Pratt and Friends, Nick Coluccio, Grand Central Station, The Brat Pack, Fulton Chain Gang, Pro-Tones an Everly Brothers Tribute, High Definition, Hair of the Dog, Rathkeltair, Renee Lussier and Skeeter Creek and Jonny Hirsch Band.

For more information about The Altamont Fair, advance discount tickets and a complete schedule of events, please visit

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