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You Want A "Real" Parade On July 4th?

If you've had it with phony parades with lackluster crowds and no heart, then head east, my friend, to Salem.  This is one town that truly loves her parades! 
They start lining up along the streets around 3:30, but the parade doesn't start until 5pm.  It's time to catch up, to see the kids who've returned from college for the summer and the families you haven't seen in awhile.  Time to see all manner of fire engines and listen to the bands - including America's oldest marching band from Cambridge!  And the Mettawee Valley Players are always on hand with their magical puppet/costume wizardry.  This is a small town festival on a large town scale.  It's real, and it's Americana at its best.  After the parade, there is a small, old-fashioned carnival with bingo, ring tosses, etc. and the best prizes you can win are the home-baked goodies.  It's fun - especially with a date - and then at 9:30pm you've got your fireworks...the largest in the area.  If you're looking for a real parade, some good old-fashioned carnival fun and a spectacular fireworks display, make Salem your destination this July 4. 

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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