This article is sponsored by the Saratoga County Fair.
Think the fair is only about cotton candy and amusement rides? Think again!
The Saratoga County Fair has a rodeo, amazing new fair food vendors, a line-up of great bands performing, and domestic and exotic animals to check out. And, there’s a special beer that was crafted just for this fair!
The fair runs from Tuesday, July 18th through Sunday, July 23rd – see what you can expect and then mark your calendars!
An Action-Packed Rodeo
Fairgoers can expect bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, and breakaway roping at the rodeo, provided by Double M Rodeo. Not sure what those terms mean? Here’s what you can expect to see:
- Bull riding: a contestant tries to ride a bucking bull for eight seconds while holding a rope tied to a band around the bull’s chest.
- Barrel racing: a horse and a rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around barrels in the fastest time.
- Team roping: two contestants team up to rope a steer while riding on horses.
- Breakaway roping: a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped by a mounted rider.
Now that you know what to look for, come out to see all the contestants compete! This is one of the most popular events at the fair and is something the whole family can enjoy, so definitely make the rodeo a priority this year.
A Special Beer Just for the Fair
Craft beer fans, get ready for the Judging Stand Ale, produced just for the fair by the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company! This is a pale ale that is light golden in color, with a slightly sweet body and a crisp finish. You can find Judging Stand Ale in the Live Music Pavilion.
According to Max Oswald of Saratoga Brewing, “This beer is designed for hot days and is meant to be cold and refreshing and easy to drink.”
4 New Food Vendors to Try
1) The Pretzel Lady
Ready for the perfect soft pretzel? Find the Pretzel Lady!
2) Scott’s Brats
Chow down on brats, hot dogs, Italian sausage, breakfast burritos, and much more from Scott’s Brats.
3) Vinnie’s Fine Foods
Vinnie’s Fine Foods serves pizza, calzones, stromboli, sausage, steak, lemonade, and Italian specialty foods.
4) Bacon Bombs
You are not going to want to miss out on the bacon bombs! Thick cut, basket-weaved bacon is dusted with a dry rub and layered with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and, you guessed it, more bacon.
9 Bands You Can See at the Fair
John Kribs & Friends are performing in the Conservation Area; all other bands listed are performing in the Coors Light Live Music Pavilion.
1) John Kribs & Friends
Performing every afternoon
John Kribs specializes in roots, blues, country, American folk, and Americana music.
2) Rick Bolton & Friends
Performing Tuesday through Friday afternoons
Rick Bolton can often be seen playing his guitar at Gaffney’s, The Parting Glass, and other favorite area establishments. Bolton is inspired by classic music like The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry.
3) The Spurs USA
Performing Saturday and Sunday afternoons
The Spurs USA perform traditional country western and western swing music. They play everything from Johnny Cash to Dolly Parton.
4) 99.5 The River Presents Madd Haus Rocks
Performing Tuesday evening
Madd Haus Rocks performs 80s rock the way it should be done! This group draws its influences from everything from Journey to The Cult to today’s modern rock.
5) FROGGY 100.3 presents Grit N Whiskey
Performing Wednesday evening
Today’s country music at it’s finest! Grit N Whiskey is an all-modern country music band known for their strong vocals, high-energy, and danceable tunes.
6) CAT 100.9 presents The Jason Wicks Band
Performing Thursday evening
You can expect a nice variety of country music from The Jason Wicks Band, which draws its influences from George Strait, Haggard, Jerry Reed, and some of today’s modern country like Luke Bryan.
7) FROGGY 100.3 presents Skeeter Creek
Performing Friday evening
Skeeter Creek was recently voted the Times Union’s 2017 Reader’s Choice for Best Local Band! You’ll definitely want to check out this bluegrass and country group.
8) WGNA presents Big Sky Country
Performing Saturday evening
Big Sky Country is an energetic modern country band that takes pride in putting on the best possible show for fans.
9) WEQX presents The North & South Dakotas
Performing Sunday evening (special start time of 5pm)
One of the most popular local bands, The North & South Dakotas are dedicated to old-time American music, mountain folk sounds, and singer-songwriter traditions.
Domestic and Exotic Animals
Agriculture is such a huge component of the fair – guests look forward to seeing farm animals every year, and this year won’t disappoint. You can see traditional farm animals, performing dogs, and even an exotic petting zoo.
There will be horse shows (saddle and draft), dairy and beef cattle shows, and goat and sheep shows. 4-H Small Animal Display will be featuring all types of fowl, rabbits, guinea pigs, and baby pigs.
Dog lovers can look forward to Dynamo Dogs, an exciting, fast-paced act showcasing the talents of very special dogs, many of whom have been rescued or adopted.
Finally, fairgoers can look forward to the Eudora Petting Zoo. This is an exciting addition to the fair where you’ll be able to see giraffes, alpacas, camels, lemurs, zebras, baboons, and more.