Last week I recapped all the medieval faires I attended over 2016, this week we will discuss the other types of fairs, attractions and events. As with my blog about the medieval faires, this one will also include links to those previous blogs in case you wish to read the entire review.
There were several county fairs that I attended over the year. These mostly are agricultural fairs, this means they were initially set up to exhibit equipment, sports, animals and recreations dealing with farm or agriculture. Most of the country fairs in New York state are designated as agricultural fairs.
The first of these fairs was the Schoharie County SunshineFair. This was the 139th year this fair has been held. The fairgrounds consist of 25 buildings and a 3,000 seat grandstand and a newly built horse arena. The fair itself is located in the town of Cobleskill, NY.
Beside the rides and food, which were very enjoyable, one of my favorite places to visit was the Heritage Village on The Green. This was an area set aside at the fair for artists and craftsmen, each one engaged in older skills and occupations.
The next agricultural fair I attended was the Altamont Fair located in Altamont, NY. There is a long and interesting history of this fair, and I encourage you to go to my initial post about the fair to read more.
One of the interesting acts I saw at the fair was the Piratesof the Colombian Caribbean High Wire Aerial Thrill Show. This act combined a very interesting and entertaining show with high wire antics.
I also enjoyed visiting the Farm House Museum. Here you can see older items used every day in a period of our history before electricity and gas. My previous supervisor, Connie McCarthy, volunteers here; it was good to see her again.
|Connie McCarthy at the Farm House Museum|
Another fascinating attraction is the Circus Museum. It displays articles, scale models and memorabilia of circuses.
Chase Con was a comic book convention in Saratoga Springs, NY which was held in October. There were numerous vendors, selling items from comic books to toys and games. There were also panel discussions about how to make your outfit for Cosplay (costume Play) and even how to perform fight scenes, and even acting. In May there will also be another Saratoga Comic Con convention.
|fans enjoying Case Con|
The film festival displayed numerous films from around the world. I was given the privilege to introduce some of these movies, and also be the moderator for a Q&A session afterwards.
|Some of the volunteers of the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival|
The next festival will be held for three days, September 15-17 2017. I encourage anyone who wishes to be part of this wonderful event, or to sponsor it, contact the SSIFF staff now. Also, if you are a filmmaker and wish to submit a movie, please go to their website for more details.
I attended many events and attractions in 2016. I hope to continue with this in the upcoming year. In the spring this post will list the events I am planning on attending. Have a safe and happy 2017.
W.A.Rusho is an amateur historian, professional wrestler and author. You can contact him by visiting his website, or by email.