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As part of Sage College's "Date Night" series each Thursday during the Philadelphia Orchestra season, up and coming chefs from around the Capital Region will meet for meet for the Times Union's "Grill Games" competition. 

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Those who frequent Saratoga Race Course know all about the excitement of opening weekend, but this time around, the entire country will get to experience it firsthand. SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship sports news program, will be broadcasting from the Race Course on Saturday!

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Photo Credit: SportsCenter via photopin (license)
Everyone who has ever experienced the nightlife in Saratoga can attest to the fact that it is not to be missed, especially during track season! Not sure where to go? Whatever your mood after a long day at the races, there's a spot in Saratoga for you.

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The Lodge, an iconic and historic venue just behind the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, will reopen just in time for track season.

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We are just days away from the best county fair in the region. The Saratoga County Fair runs from Tuesday, July 21, through Sunday, July 26, 2015 and offers plenty of entertainment and attractions for everyone to enjoy.


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For The Kids

Children were built to have fun! With rides left and right, plus a petting zoo, pig races, dog shows, magic shows, juggling acts and much, much more, there is no shortage of entertainment for young ones, or the young at heart at the Saratoga County Fair. And if 30 acres of rides, shows, carnival games and attractions weren't enough, there are also several special events at the fair catering specifically to children and adding to the fun. For example, on Wednesday, July 22, children as young as four years old can put their imaginations to good use and compete in the Lego Contest for a chance at prizes across five age categories. On Wednesday, July 23, there's the Donut Eating Contest and Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pulls. See the fair website's "just for kids" page for details on more special events!

Not the jockeys on the Race Course! Chances are, if you've ever driven through Saratoga Springs, you've seen a number of small jockey statues scattered on lawns throughout the city. You can find them wearing an array of silks, even silks themed for sports teams! While I had seen them during my visits to Saratoga, I didn't realize how many there actually were until I moved to Spa City. 

So, where did they come from? Who makes them? We were curious, too! Check out their full backstory:

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Update: Steven won! He fooled Penn & Teller and will have the opportunity to open for their show in Las Vegas.

If you have ever walked along bustling Broadway on a warm spring or summer evening, more likely than not you have come across the wizardry that is Steven Brundage. You may know him as the guy who got out of a speeding ticket by enchanting the police officer with his famous Rubik's Cube trick (Saratoga.com was treated to this magic trick a couple months ago when Brundage visited our office and I am still mind blown.) 


Next week, on Monday, July 6th, Brundage's sorcery will be televised nationwide, and you can watch! 

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As if we needed another reason to love summer in Saratoga! Between the start of track season and SPAC concerts galore, we can now add National Ice Cream Month to the list of fantastic things happening in July. Wondering where the best place for ice cream is in Saratoga? Luckily, we've picked out our five favorites for you! 

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Have a wild imagination? Use it to win big! The 174th Annual Saratoga County Fair invites everyone to participate in the Lego Contest at the fair on Wednesday, July 22nd. This year, contestants will be able to create their own fair and use legos to build animals, buildings, rides or whatever their imagination dreams up to coincide with the theme of "A Day at the Fair.
The acclaimed international youth circus, Circus Smirkus, is returning for four shows at Saratoga Casino and Raceway starting this weekend! Gather under the "Big Top" with your family and friends on July 5th and 6th as the Waldorf School proudly presents the 2015 Circus Smirkus "Big Top Tour."

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