“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town. “

George Carlin

Since this is fair season, I figure it would be a good time to write about one of the fairs I went to this summer. Yes, I know it’s already over but hopefully this blog entry will not only get you in the fair mood (the Altamont Fair opens this week) but also keep the Saratoga County Fair in mind for next year!

I worked the Saratoga County Fair for 100.9 The Bridge and luckily after my shift was over, I got to take a walk around to see the food goodies! Apart from rides that I didn’t have time to ride on, food is really what you go to the fair to experience, right? Fair food is unlike any type of food you’re going to find anywhere else. Sure, they have pizza and hot dogs and burgers but where else are you going to be able to eat fried Oreos or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fried dough or fried Kool-Aid! (See the food trend here?) Fried Oreos aren’t my cup of tea but I know many people who love them and as for the fried Kool Aid, it was pretty much red fried dough, nothing special and not really my favorite. My favorite machine is the slushie machine that without fail is always at fairs. You buy a glass and for a reasonable price you fill it up with slushie flavors of your choosing. You can add a little of each, make a mix of two, anything you want!

My favorite part of the Saratoga County Fair that I had never seen before was the Pot Belly Pig racing. They made a huge deal over these pot belly pigs going to race around the track and fight for the finish! Each pig got one person who let their team of rooters and if their pig won, they received a voucher for a free food item. Well, the pigs were at the gate & the tension was mounting- “On your mark, get set, GO!” Just as we all expected the pigs to barrel around the corner, they meandered their way out of the gate, with some of them stopping to eat the ground. One pig slowly made its way around the track with no competition until it too stopped RIGHT BEFORE the finish line! Just then, one of the other pigs started to slowly make it around but just then, pig 1 crossed the finish line! This may seem childish but you’re at a fair! Isn’t that the point? I didn’t know what to make of it at first but this was honestly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen and I recommend you all to check it out as well!