BALLSTON SPA, NY – The 2022 Saratoga County Fairgrounds are in full swing with animals, rides, entertainment and more showcased at this highly anticipated six-day summer event.
This popular local tradition is returning to its usual format this year after a virtual fair in 2020 and a shortened four-day fair in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spectators were eager to return to some of their favorite fairground activities on Tuesday, such as tasting a sweet maple milkshake, petting the majestic draft horses, feeling the thrill of a demolition derby or admiring the fairgrounds illuminated from the top of the Midway Ferris wheel. .
The county fair is presented by the non-profit Saratoga County Agricultural Society, which is dedicated not only to showcasing the achievements of each year’s participants in a wide range of competitions, but also focuses on teaching of Saratoga County’s history while offering a glimpse into its future.
Organizers, exhibitors and patrons are all delighted that show week 2022 has arrived. One of the fair’s most enthusiastic supporters is Greg Stevens, who serves on the Saratoga County Agricultural Society’s board of directors in addition to his role as 4-H program leader.
“We’re back in business at full capacity and we’re excited to get this thing started,” Stevens said Tuesday morning in the first hour of the fair’s opening doors.
After a few years of operating with restrictions, “It’s a full-fledged Saratoga County Fair,” Stevens said.
New for 2022 is the Pork Chop Revue, a unique traveling animal attraction highlighted by Oink the Singing Pig, as seen on America’s Got Talent.
Local animals are also featured throughout the fair all week. Saratoga County 4-H youth brought their best sheep, goats, cows, horses, rabbits, chickens and alpacas to Ballston Spa.
“It’s the culmination of a year of hard work for our kids here,” Stevens said, “and we’re so excited, not only to be here, but to see these kids get a chance to show what ‘they learned over the last year.
Every corner of the fairgrounds has something different to explore, with a variety of exhibits for visitors of all ages.
The Biddle family, of Ballston Spa, enjoyed browsing the Saratoga County Fair on Tuesday. “We come every year. We live nearby,” Liz Biddle said as her kids checked out a historic tent at the fairgrounds. “They like to come for the rides and the food.”
“Basically, we come here for everything,” nine-year-old Caleb Biddle said after trying on Revolutionary War attire for a photo shoot.
With so much to see and do at the fair, the Biddles plan to visit several times before the end of the week.
Whatever feature of the fair sparks interest, the Saratoga County Fair invites everyone from Saratoga County and throughout the Capital Region to join in the fun. Stevens said, “We’re really hoping that people are going to come out, they’re going to fill those pitches and they’re going to walk away with a smile on their face.”
The 2022 Saratoga County Fair will continue through Sunday, with hours from 10 a.m. to midnight daily, except Sunday when the fair ends at 8 p.m.
Admission is $15 each, or a reduced rate of $10 for veterans. Children 12 and under are free to attend. On Wednesdays, seniors 65 and over can benefit from a special admission rate of $5. Season passes are available.
Parking is free in all car parks at the fair.
More information about the fair, including a full schedule of events, is available online at www.saratogacountyfair.org.