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"If you step from the Union Depot in Troy into a Delaware and Hudson car attached to the 5p.m. express on the Fitchburg Railroad, you will find yourself in the prettiest town in Northern New York." These words, written by a correspondent to the Troy Daily Press in 1888 about Salem, still ring true.  If you haven't experienced a small-town Fourth of July celebration - or shared one with your kids or grand kids - it's time you did, and I've got just the place.  Salem has the biggest fourth of July celebration in the Battenkill Valley, starting with a FFA Chicken Barbeque at noon, a 100-unit parade at 5pm, and an old-fashioned fireman's carnival at 6pm, with fireworks at 9:30.  Come enjoy the day in "the prettiest town in Northern New York."  See you there!  

The fun begins Friday, June 3 at 8:30am with a balloon inflation demonstration for the kids at Cambridge elementary, and for the rest of us at 6pm with the official opening ceremonies. The first launch is at 6:30pm, followed by another at 5:30am on Saturday. It's all happening on the grounds of Cambridge Central School on Route 22 in the heart of town. There will be a lot of fun activities throughout the weekend, including games, rides, parties and food...lots and lots of food. You can't miss this one! (Just look up!)

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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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