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The 2014 Saratoga County Fair is right around the corner and with that comes the ever-anticipated Talent Contest! If you or someone you know has a talent, now is the time to showcase it!

Saratoga: Health, History, Horses and...Having Fun!

Make Candle Collective your family's favorite new destination for fun this summer!

Flower children, gypsy queens, festie-heads, and bohemian goddesses have joined forces to create the foundation for this year's summer trends. Think lace, burn out tees, thrift-inspired frocks, destroyed denim, mix-match patterns, headbands galore, silky bell bottoms,and fringe- put it all together and what do you get? The cool-girls closet for Summer 2014.

Last week, Saratoga Spa State Park released a video of lightning striking a tree at the SPAC Box Office. This incredible video has been picking up some major steam across weather-related social channels throughout the nation.

Have a look at the video that is catching so much attention:

That poor tree...

Now here are 5 interesting facts you didn't know about lightning!

Brown's beach was a family favorite for many years for residents of Saratoga county, as it was one of the only public access swimming beaches with shallow water and a sandy bottom on Saratoga Lake. To everyone's dismay it was closed in 2007.

Luckily, Brown's beach was bought by the Town of Stillwater in May of last year. Since then they have been working feverishly to get the beach open and ready for visitors sometime this summer!

Swimming won't be the only attraction either! They have big plans to bring the beach back to its former glory and maybe even better!

Metzger Heaven and Earth.pngSaratogaArtsFest, Saratoga's annual celebration of the arts, officially kicks off its 2014 season with the grand opening of the ArtsFest Center and Gallery in downtown Saratoga Springs.

As the festival's headquarters, the center sells festival admissions packages and merchandise, provides ArtsFest information, and exhibits works of many area visual artists including: Takeyce Walter, (painting), Jack Metzger, (found-object sculpture), and Rebecca Kane (photography).

The Center's hours of operation are:
May 27-31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 2-7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
June 8, closed
June 9-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The center phone number is 518-871-1379.

upsate.jpgThe first-ever Taste of Upstate Wine, Food, & Music Festival will take place this weekend at the Canfield Casino and the Saratoga City Center from April 18th to April 19th, 2014.

Showcasing local wines, beers, food, artisan crafts, and music, the festival is proving that nobody does it better than Upstate NY! 

The festival features two fun-filled events on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th.

Saratoga Springs oozes elegance and charm; from its unique boutiques that line the streets to the delicious cuisine that can be found on any corner, Saratoga is definitely the place to be. This Spring, Saratoga will welcome a new hotel that will further enhance this town's beauty and prestige: The Pavilion Grand. The new hotel will be opening in the upcoming months and promises to be all you could hope for (and more).

Yeah, I know what you're thinking: it doesn't look like spring! Well, you're right...it sure doesn't. For those of you out-of-towners, here's a shot of the ironic first day of spring in Saratoga Springs:

Forget spring; summer is in the air! Okay, so there might be piles of snow outside, but today we start the countdown to summer!

100 days til summer

To kick off our 100 days 'til summer countdown, we have come up with 100 things we're looking forward to about summer in Saratoga:

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